Author Alan is a best-seller
WHEN retired businessman Alan Davey and his wife celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary, they didn’t realise that even more good news was just hours away.
They discovered Alan’s novel, Autumn on Angel Street, had climbed to the Number One slot of the Amazon Kindle Best Sellers list – in just seven weeks!
What’s more, its sequel, Winter in Paradise Square, is catching it up – both books competing with hundreds of thousands of others to become successful.
Delighted, 69-year-old Alan (pictured), from Wellingborough, told Extra Local: “This is proof that age is no barrier if you have a dream, determination and are willing to take action!”
Alan, who writes under the name A R Davey, has self-published both books and also designed the book covers.
The two novels begin a four-book saga about the Forrester family, starting from 1885. Research took more than a year and included going underground in a Victorian coal mine and visiting a Victorian prison. Alan said: “The original concept came from my mother who was born two months after her father was killed in a tunnelling accident.
“My mother told me her father was a mine owner’s son who fell in love with her mother, a family maid, and they ran away from their village to anonymity in London, where they had eight children. I thought this was a great story, a part of our family history, but after my mother died in 1988 I found it was made up.
“Her father was actually a labourer who was killed tunnelling when working on the London Underground system – although my mother was the last of eight children.
“However, it was still a great story and although I changed it quite a lot, my novel still has that story as its base.”
The books’ success has taken Alan by surprise. He said: “My wife is very proud and quite emotional about the level and the speed of the success which has arrived. She has been urging me to put the novels on Amazon Kindle for a couple of years, but until I retired there was always other things which had to be done first. Now we are both excited about where this might lead . . . perhaps a television series like Downton Abbey or Upstairs Downstairs – why not be ambitious?”
Alan is best known locally as the former managing director of a management training company, Aims, which operated from Satra House in Kettering. As a counsellor and personal development coach, he worked with around 150 local companies.
Both books are available to purchase from Amazon UK online Kindle store and both are free to borrow via the Kindle lending library.