Woolsthorpe aspiring author debuts first science fiction novel
An aspiring author has just had his first novel with a science fiction twist published.
Kevin Strachan, of Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir, spent five years writing ‘Planting Trees on Mars’ before it was published on Amazon earlier this month.
The father-of-three works as a cardiac MRI specialist for Nottingham University Hospitals and writes as a form of escapism.
The novel tells the story of Cameron Harrison who lives a seemingly idyllic suburban lifestyle until he is visited by a mysterious and charismatic stranger. His life is thrown into chaos as the stranger takes him on a journey through ambition, triumph and loss through the heart of the English countryside to a hostile alien landscape filled with danger, subterfuge and uncertainty.
Kevin said: “Despite the title and science fiction undertones I see it as fundamentally a book about relationships that just happens to be set on another world. Friendships are forged and lost and people battle to survive against each other and themselves.
“It is a story about love and hate, endeavour and deception and explores coincidence and how the smallest moments can sometimes change your life in ways you never imagined.
“It is also about how we treat the planet and each other.”
Kevin is now working on a sequel as well as a writing a children’s book.