An authoress and grandmother of seven is preparing to release her second book — despite only taking up writing in her retirement.
Angela Rigley, 65, of Cromford Road, Langley Mill, found her creative spark when she joined a writing group in Eastwood in 2006.
Four years later she had her first book, Looking For Jamie, published. Now she is preparing to release its sequel, A Dilemma For Jamie.
Both titles are set in Victorian England and follow a young hero, who is separated from his poor mother when she is imprisoned. He is sent to live with a rich family and the books follow him getting to grips with his new life, household and, in the sequel, his boarding school.
Former civil servant Angela enjoyed writing the first book so much, she decided to pen another.
She said: “When you put down a book, you think you’ve lost those friends - it’s good to know that with a sequel you can get re-acquainted with them, you don’t have to part.”
Angela’s first book sold more than 200 copies - and while not making her a fortune -she received some positive feedback.
“Everyone really enjoyed it,” she said. “A few of them were asking me when the next one was going to come out.”
Angela has always been drawn to the Victorian era and did most of her research for the novels online. She gave up attempts to write books in her forties as she found writing copy with a pen and paper too laborious.
It was only when she invested in a computer that her writing flourished. She said. “Now I get up, put the kettle on, grab the laptop and head back to bed to write, it’s wonderful.”
Angela says she has already finished the third installment of the series and has another ‘whodunnit’ thriller soon to be released.
A Dilemma for Jamie is available online at Amazon, or from.bluewoodpublishing.com, priced £7.99 for a hard copy or £1.99 for the ebook.