Eastwood: Death of father spurs troubled writer on to fulfill dream of publishing debut novel

Paul Elliot
Paul Elliot

An Eastwood author is publishing his debut novel after turning to writing for comfort following the breakdown of his marriage and death of his father.

Paul Elliot’s “fairytale for adults”, Gnomes, is set to hit the shelves later this month on Sunday, February 28 after being chosen for publication by Troubador Books.

The former lecturer was spurred on to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a writer after a series of traumatic events in 2012.

”The idea for my book “Gnomes” was originally the product of two vivid imaginations,” said Paul, who credits authors such as Tom Sharpe and Douglas Adams amongst his inspirations.

“In 2012, after the break-up of my marriage and the death of my father a few weeks later, I decided to turn the ideas into a story.

“The day after my father’s funeral, I began the first draft.

“It was probably not the ideal time to start a comedy novel, but it certainly proved cathartic,” he added.

Paul’s story details the everyday lives of James and Alison, whose home become a theatre of chaos and carnage when a group of small, but highly evolved creatures invade.

Paul added: “Gnomes is inspired by a break-up, but it aims to entertain.

“I just hope that the world is ready for it.”

Gnomes is priced at £8.99. Visit www.gnomedom.co.uk for more information.