There’s an author in our midst!

When Andy Blackman, who works in I.T. desktop support, finished a particularly poor book one lunchtime, it left him feeling sure he could do better. Shortly afterwards, he sat down to fulfil his dream of becoming an author and write his first novel.

Andy, an employee at our Bedworth office, has just published ‘For the Love of Grace.’ It’s the first in a trilogy of novels he plans to write. Andy said he felt inspired by the interactions he was having with his colleagues, as well as his experiences from his 26-year military career.

“I began writing my novel during lunch breaks at my day job at Domestic & General” he said. “It became a labour of love and took me over a year to complete, but it was a fantastic experience and I’m so pleased that I did it.

“Working in a large company, you encounter so many people with different backgrounds, interests and personalities. I certainly took inspiration from that in a range of ways as I was writing. If I overheard an event taking place, I would jot the notes down and elaborate on them when I had a spare moment.

“I finished the novel at the end of 2015 but it took a couple of months before I began to issue it to publishers. It took a bit of courage to do so because at that point, you are under the scrutiny of other people and their opinions rather than your own self-reflection. But they enjoyed it and it was released to the public in September 2016.”

Andy plans to release his second novel later this year. For the Love of Grace is available to buy on Amazon.

Congratulations, Andy!

Domestic & General employee Andy Blackman author of For the love of Grace