Fo­cus­ing on a new ca­reer

Lancashire Life - - GOLF LIFE - WORDS: PAUL MACKEN­ZIE

Fomer press pho­tog­ra­pher ROB LOCK is start­ing a new chap­ter as a

novelist, more than 40 years af­ter he started writ­ing his first book

As a pho­tog­ra­pher on the lo­cal news­pa­per, Rob Lock has been a fa­mil­iar face on the Fylde Coast for years. And he has now used his ex­pe­ri­ences cov­er­ing news sto­ries, com­mu­nity events and sport­ing fix­tures for the Black­pool Gazette to help him ful­fil his lifelong dream of becoming a novelist.

Many of the char­ac­ters he met – both in the news­room and while out on jobs – have fed into the book which came out to­wards the end of last year. And while Black­pool is not named as the set­ting for the novel, it is un­mis­tak­ably the tem­plate for the re­sort where ac­tion un­folds.

The first mur­mur­ings of Rob’s lit­er­ary am­bi­tions came as a teenager grow­ing up in South

York­shire when he hand-wrote 140 pages of a sci­ence fic­tion novel. And al­though he now ac­knowl­edges that first ef­fort was ‘ap­palling’, he kept writ­ing and was a proud win­ner of a run­ners-up cer­tifi­cate from the 1984 South York­shire Lit­er­ary Com­pe­ti­tion.

For many years it seemed as though that might be the pin­na­cle of his writ­ing ca­reer as he amassed a col­lec­tion of re­jec­tion let­ters from pub­lish­ers, many of which, how­ever, con­tained enough en­cour­ag­ing phrases for him not to hang up his pen. ‘Secker & War­burg read my first proper novel with “very con­sid­er­able in­ter­est” and it went through three full in-house read­ings at Chatto & Win­dus be­fore be­ing re­jected,’ Rob said.

Pho­tog­ra­pher­turned-au­thor Rob Lock

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