Posted on: Thursday 9 February 2023
An author has dedicated his first book to Torfaen Libraries after receiving IT support from staff at Cwmbran Library over the past few years.
John Jenner, 66, from Croesyceiliog, was inspired to write a story after taking part in a newspaper competition for unpublished novelists.
John, a former live entertainer and factory worker, already attended the library to use the computers regularly, so knew the staff would be on hand to help.
He said: “Whenever anything went wrong, and it frequently did, I was able to call upon the assistance of a librarian. They helped me with humour and patience, and I was able to reach the end of the venture successfully.
“I also used each of the libraries to research information for some of the works I have been engaged on in other projects.”
Torfaen Libraries offer a range of different services, including access to computers, free Wifi, reading groups and IT support from staff.
For aspiring writers like John, the library service also stocks a selection of books to help with every stage of the writing process.
John initially wrote a short story for the Daily Mail competition, but the process inspired him to continue a story he first started writing many years ago.
His novel The Legacy of Joe Farr was published this week and will be available in Torfaen Libraries later this year.
He said: “It is a part mystery part horror story of estrangement between family and lovers. One of my favourite authors is Thomas Harris, the mind behind the Hannibal Lecter books.”
As well as a budding writer, John is also an experienced actor and film-maker, appearing in five episodes of Dr Who and taking a lead role in the 2008 feature film Reaching Higher.
He added: “I am naturally interested in the idea of any of my works being made into feature films or TV series.
“I am hoping not only to attract a large reading audience for this story, but also the attention of a TV company like BBC Wales - with the possible notion of it being optioned for film.”
Since publishing his first book, John has gone on to write four more novels within the space of a year.
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