Author Irene’s new book is labour of love
Writer showcases Rutherglen in her third page-turner
Rutherglen author Irene Lebeter is celebrating the release of her third novel – and the story is set in our own Royal Burgh.
The Clock Chimed Midnight tells the fictional tale of a teenage girl who moves back to the town after emigrating to Australia in the 1950s.
Main character Elinor resents her homesick mother for their decision to return but throws herself into a new life and has many difficulties to deal with over the years ahead.
Irene, 76, a Melrose Court resident, has used her extensive knowledge and experiences of the Burgh to pen a novel which intertwines a young girl’s journey with the history of Lanarkshire.
And the inclusion of some of Rutherglen’s most iconic buildings and areas is one she feels will be of interest to Ruglonians.
Irene said: “It is a story that would appeal to people who fondly remember the 50s and 60s, when the good folk of Rutherglen were proud of residing in Scotland’s first Royal Burgh.
“Most of the book is set here, apart from a few chapters in Australia.
“I feature Rutherglen in all three of my books but in this one I have tried to weave a bit of the town’s history through the dialogue.
“I’ve even used a picture of the town hall on the front cover.”
Irene is heartened by the initial reaction The Clock Chimed Midnight and added: “I’ve had quite good feedback from people who have already read it and I’ve found people, especially those who were born around the 40s and 50s, are enjoying going down memory lane with all the old shops and churches, the library and places of interest.”
Irene’s latest offering, which follows her novels Vina’s Quest and Maddie, is already selling well online.
But when she is taking a break from writing fiction, Irene is still committed to regularly contributing to the Highlander magazine, a publication available in North America.
The retired secretary also picks up ideas from her walking group, the Cambus Ramblers, to help with her work.
She said: “I’ve very much enjoyed writing this story. I’m also involved in two writing groups and it’s great to get feedback and constructive criticism.
“I do a lot of articles about Scottish heritage for Highlander magazine which involves a lot of research. But with fictional writing I love to use the imagination.
“I sold 500 of the first and second books, but I’m not out to make hundreds and thousands. I am happy to hear that the books have been well received and people enjoy them.
“I very much enjoyed writing this one.”
Visit Amazon to purchase paperback or Kindle versions of The Clock Chimed, or alternatively contact Irene on 0141 647 8635.
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