Author Irene adds to her literary career
Writer hopes second book will be as successful as first
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. amazon.co.uk/dp/ 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