A PODIATRIC practitioner has seen his career take a different direction; from medicine to writing.
Kevin Catterall is the recently published author of The Appian Way, a spy novel for which he is already planning a sequel.
Kevin, 66, who lives in Morecambe, is celebrating after his first attempt at writing a spy novel was published by Yellow Bay Books.
The Appian Way follows the story of four undergraduates at Cambridge University, spanning from 1939 to 1982 during the Marxist alternative to communism.
Kevin, who has been married for over 30 years, and has three children and three grandchildren, was inspired by his English teacher at boarding school in Hertfordshire.
“My English Teacher went to Trinity College, Cambridge, he used to tell stories about the time when communism was illegal just before the war, and opposing Marxist groups were popping up around him,” Kevin said.
“I didn’t understand how dangerous the period was, but his stories stayed with me,” he continued.
Kevin’s biggest regret is not becoming an author sooner. He worked at a podiatric clinic in Lancaster for 20 years, and also at The Old Stables.
“Life got in the way, it wasn’t until I had major surgery on my knee and spine that I was forced to re-evaluate my life during a long convalescance period,” Kevin said.
“I’ve always been interested in Marxism, and after extensive research I started work, it took me three months to write the book but around a year to complete the editing process,” he explained.
According to Kevin, less than 1 per cent of writers get published, but he feels that attending a writers’ bureau course in Manchester really helped his chances. “My technique improved, I would advise anyone wanting to get published to attend a creative writing course, and also join reading groups to get contacts,” he added.
Kevin’s perseverance paid off, Yellow Bay Books was the seventh publishing company he approached, which he describes as “seventh time lucky.” The Appian Way is available on Amazon, and can be downloaded as an e-book and also as a paperback on Lulu.
Kevin is already at work on a sequel, and hopes to produce a collection of 10 books.
“For the many writers out there, don’t give up, and don’t leave it as long as I did,” he said.