Au­thor Irene adds to her lit­er­ary ca­reer

Writer hopes sec­ond book will be as suc­cess­ful as first

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

A Ruther­glen au­thor is hop­ing for an­other batch of lit­er­acy suc­cess with her sec­ond book which has now been re­leased.

Mad­die, the story of one girl’s jour­ney to bring peace and nor­mal­ity to her tur­bu­lent life, was penned by Irene Le­beter, 74, who is cel­e­brat­ing the pub­lish­ing of her next novel.

The tal­ented writer who was the au­thor be­hind Vina’s Quest, has even man­aged to give the Royal Burgh a men­tion in her lat­est tale which can now be bought via Ama­zon.

“It’s called Mad­die who is the main char­ac­ter,” she said. “It’s set in the 1950s and 60s and Ruther­glen ac­tu­ally comes into it. The Ruther­glen Re­former also gets a men­tion. I think it will be in­ter­est­ing for peo­ple who were part of that era.

“I was brought up in Ruther­glen so I’ve got the ex­pe­ri­ence of liv­ing here and I think that helped with writ­ing the book.

“I do think if you have ex­pe­ri­enced some­thing then your writ­ing comes off a bit stronger.”

The story of 18- year- old Mad­die, who is des­per­ate to es­cape her past, be­gins with her ar­rival in Glas­gow.

She is a poor and lonely woman but is de­ter­mined to make a new start, although fright­ened to trust any­one.

A new life opens up for Mad­die when she is be­friended by the Kingston fam­ily, an op­por­tu­nity she grasps with grat­i­tude.

But what re­mains to be seen is whether she can put her se­cret past be­hind her to reach last­ing hap­pi­ness.

Irene, a res­i­dent of Mel­rose Court, says she en­joyed writ­ing the book which she fin­ished within a year.

She ex­plained: “The book was fin­ished in Jan­uary but sadly the pub­lisher’s wife had been very un­well so it has taken a lit­tle while to get read and pub­lished.

“Since the first book I have been mainly writ­ing this one and at­tend­ing my writ­ing group which I en­joy very much.

“I en­joy my writ­ing and walk­ing groups as it’s a chance to meet peo­ple with the same com­mon in­ter­ests and you can re­ceive good feed­back.”

Irene of­ten picks up ideas from her walk­ing group, the Cam­bus Ram­blers, which helps with her work.

The Ruther­glen res­i­dent also writes about Scot­tish her­itage for High­lander magazine, a pub­li­ca­tion only avail­able in Amer­ica and Canada.

Irene is a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor and it gives her the chance to take a break from fic­tional writ­ing.

She ex­plained: “I write Scot­tish his­tory ar­ti­cles for High­lander which is pub­lished in Mas­sachusetts and they’ve taken quite a few ar­ti­cles from me.

“The trou­ble is you can’t get a hold of it but I think you can get it on­line.

“I think it is a good com­pany to work for and it’s a nice magazine. It has to be about some­thing set in the 1300s to the 1900s and they don’t in­clude any­thing from the 20th cen­tury.”

Irene is hop­ing to hold a book sign­ing once pa­per-back copies of Mad­die reach the UK.

More up­dates on the sign­ing will fol­low in next week’s Re­former.

Fans are en­cour­aged to reg­u­larly check https:// www. ama­ BO1LYBU2TF for Kin­dle ver­sions of the book and up­dates on pa­per- back copies.

Booked in Irene Le­beter, pic­tured with her first book, is set to re­lease her sec­ond

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