E-BOOK bestselling author Graham Minett is about to see his first novel in the bookshops.
Pagham resident Graham has sold some 20,000 electronic versions of The Hidden Legacy, under the name GJ Minett, to top his publisher’s sales list.
Tonight will be the launch of the paperback edition of the dark and enthralling psychological thriller.
Graham said: “The Hidden Legacy came out in e-book last November and it’s sold four times as many copies as the publisher, Bonnier, thought it would.
“It was just intended to build up some publicity for the paperback but they are amazed at how well it’s done. I’ve got something like 140 reviews on Amazon and 120 of them are four or five star.
“It bodes really well for the paperback.”
The launch at Waterstones in Chichester will also see Graham’s second novel, Lie in Wait, launched in e-book. This has been brought forward from November to take advantage of the rush of enthusiasm for his writing.
The next day will see him travel to Cheltenham for another launch event before a radio interview on Monday – his 65th birthday.
Graham, of Sea Lane, is combining his literary success with his job on the headship team of The Angmering School where he plans the curriculum for 1,350 pupils and 150 staff. He has worked there since he moved from Felpham Community College where he spent 17 years as its head of languages.
But he has long nurtured a dream of becoming an author. “I’ve always wanted to write. I enjoy it and I know it is something I can do. I remember getting praise at my primary school for my writing.
“I came close to being published in my 20s. I had an agent and he spent a year trying to get me a publisher. I then wrote bits and pieces whenever I had the time and enthusiasm,” he said.
In 2008, he completed a part-time MA in creative writing at the University of Chichester and won a short story competition the same year as well as another writing competition for unpublished novels in 2010.
This contained the opening section of what would become The Hidden Legacy and earned him contracts with an agent and Bonnier publishing group.
Graham said: “It was my wife who gave me the push to do the MA and finishing that has opened the doors for me.”
The Hidden Legacy is a thought-provoking and subtle novel which links the years 1966 and 2008. A horrifying crime at a secondary school has repercussions which echo across the decades.
For Lie in Wait, Graham’s central character is Owen Hall. He is a big man with an unusual fixation who becomes the subject of a murder investigation.