Teacher enjoys spooky success with first book!

John Clewarth, deputy head at Silcoates school, has just had his first children's novel published.'p8968a224
John Clewarth, deputy head at Silcoates school, has just had his first children's novel published.'p8968a224
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A BUDDING novelist and teacher has had his first children’s book published.

Deputy headteacher John Clewarth says his recently released novel Firestorm Rising – a supernatural tale packed with monsters – is going down a treat with his students.

Mr Clewarth, of Lindale Avenue, Low Ackworth, said since year six pupils at his school in Wakefield read his spooky story they have been inspired to flex their own creative muscles.

He said: “The way it’s been received is fantastic, there’s a real buzz. It’s inspired the children to get involved in reading and writing stories. The main thing is I’m not doing this for profit, I’m doing it so children can enjoy a really good story, because that’s the business I am in.”

The 49-year-old dad-of-two spent almost three years writing his self-confessed “labour of love” which is now available in paperback from Amazon and on Kindle.

He said: “I’m always saying to students they can create their own worlds and shape their own characters and have a good time while writing it. Some get published and some don’t – this one has and I would love to continue writing. Being a teacher I’ve got an audience who hopefully will be honest.”

The book has also been accepted into the voting rounds for the children’s section of The People’s Book Prize.

Firestorm Rising can be purchased via the publisher at www.mauvesquare.com. Go to www.peoplesbookprize.com to vote for the book in the People’s Book Prize awards.