International author Ian Andrew signed copies of his latest novel Fall Guys and earlier novels Face Value and Flight Path at Crewkerne Library on Tuesday afternoon. Ian jetted over from Australia to launch his third book in the Wright & Tran series of detective novels in the town, as it holds special memories for him and his family. Ian uses the second name of Andrew as a pen name. His actual surname is Hooper and his great grandfather lived in Hermitage Street in Crewkerne. Ian mentions Crewkerne in his novels, with one of the main characters Kara Wright coming from the town and drinking in the Royal Oak when she visits her mother and father.
Those who attended the book launch of Fall Guys and publishing talk, received encouraging comments and interesting tips and information. Ian admitted that his first attempt at writing a short story for a BBC radio competition when he was eight years old, and hearing that one of his classmates had won it, sparked him into action. Ian said: “When I heard Moyra’s short story on the radio and saw how it moved everyone listening to it, I wished I’d tried harder and then I did.”
Ian Andrew’s talk at Crewkerne Library was engaging and encouraging for new writers in the audience. As well as being a successful independently published author, Ian runs the Book Reality Experience, offering digital and paperback publishing assistance to new authors. Although the company has its headquarters in Australia, the professional services are available world wide. A glowing testimonial to Ian’s writing skills appears on the back cover of his latest novel, written by the West Australian press: ‘ In a market with so many books, it is a relief to find an author who is more than just the sum total of all his attributes – there is something prodigious, an elusive extra that makes Andrew’s work special’.
Quite unexpectedly, while Ian was at the library, the landlord of the Royal Oak called in with a gift – a mounted printout on the history of the public house in Hermitage Street. Ian visited landlord Martin Bolton at the Royal Oak on Tuesday evening and thanked him for his gift. Ian said: “Massive thanks to Martin the landlord and all the rest at the Royal Oak, who made me feel like a long lost friend. Great night. Also a huge thank you to Ana atCrewkerne Headlines And Topics for the great PR and Sue and the team at the library.” Before leaving Crewkerne the next morning for Cambridgeshire, Ian said he was hoping to come back again next year, to launch his next book, an event he was very much looking forward to after the wonderful reception he had received in the town.