Literary Exmouth man's book dreams fulfilled

A FULL-time carer whose lifelong dream was to write his own book has had wish turned into reality. Lee Austin, of Salisbury Road, Exmouth, who provides round-the-clock care for his disabled partner, Naomi, has fulfilled an ambition of self-publishing his

A FULL-time carer whose lifelong dream was to write his own book has had wish turned into reality.

Lee Austin, of Salisbury Road, Exmouth, who provides round-the-clock care for his disabled partner, Naomi, has fulfilled an ambition of self-publishing his first book.

The 35-year-old has produced a science-fiction novel, called Fortune's Child, which will be the first of a trilogy.

Delighted with the end-product, Mr Austin, said: "I've done everything on it myself, including the proofing, formatting and cover-design. I've also built my own website."

The book is aimed at the teenage, young-reader market.

Fortune's Child is about the adventures of Lucas Fortune, a 12-year-old boy living in an orphanage near Exeter.

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It follows Lucas as he attempts to unravel the great mystery surrounding his parents, his unique powers and the strange voice who speaks through his dreams.

Mr Austin said being a full-time carer enabled him to find a couple of hours each day to work on producing the book.

He added: "Quite often I will write in the night as well, when my wife is asleep.

"From a young age I've always had the urge to write and attempted to write my first novel at the age of 16."

Mr Austin said his stories were always based on a science fiction theme.

"One reason I wrote the book for young people is most of the sci-fi titles that were available for me to read growing up were for adults."

For more details on Fortune's Child, visit the following website address at: www.leeaustin.webeden.co.uk. To purchase a copy, priced �7.99, phone Lee on (01395) 264955.

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