A Caythorpe man is launching his first venture into writing science fiction novels – although it has taken him a while to get this far.
Patrick Welby-Everard said: “It has taken me the best part of 14 years to write and is basically based around modern day UFO’logy.
“About 30 years ago a teacher put on my school report, ‘This boy lives on a different planet’ and since then I always had it in my mind I would write a book. I also wanted to show my kids that you really can do anything if you put your mind to it, especially for someone who is not an academic or was a high achiever at school.”
The novel, Spiders in the Curtains, is based on stories behind UFO events such as the UFO crash in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947, the Rendlesham Forest incident in 1980 and the mysterious gravity craft called a TR-3b.
He describes it as a fast moving thriller, set in the UK around a student called Martin Smith who unwittingly is handed an alien artefact by a dying man. He is then pulled into a world he believed was nothing more than science fiction but is really science fact.
Patrick said: “I have had an interest in science fiction and UFO’logy for many years after seeing something I couldn’t quite pinpoint and in my spare time researched the information for the book, talking with people from all over the world who are involved in this field. It has taken me to some very strange places and I’ve spoken to some interesting characters in the States, including a former Apollo astronaut.”
In the end he self-published the book and had the cover professionally designed. It is available on Kindle and as a printed copy from Amazon, or from the self publishing website www.lulu.com.
Patrick said: “It’s a strange thing to see your work in a printed form, but I could not be more pleased with the result.”