Scientist publishes his first novel about a boy and his imaginary friend
A RETIRED scientist swapped the periodic table for publishing and released his first book.
Frank Evans, aged 66, of Carlton Close, Harwood, has written Worlds Apart, a book about a young boy’s relationship with his imaginary friend.
Mr Evans, who has previously worked as a science teacher and in pharmaceutical sales, says the story is “interesting, unusual, intriguing and surprising”.
He added: “The storyline is very unpredictable, and hopefully keeps people on edge right until the end.
“The idea for this book first came to me more than 10 years ago.
“Because I’m scientific by nature, I wanted to explore the concept of science in a different way.
“Even though this is classified as a science fiction novel, it’s based in scientific fact.”
Worlds Apart focuses on a boy named Gordon, who grows up with his imaginary friend, Simon.
But as Gordon reaches college and falls in love, Simon makes increasing demands on him, with potentially fatal consequences.
According to Mr Evans, Worlds Apart is a study in adolescence.
He said: “The books touches on uncert-ainty, insecurity, a lack of self belief and peer pressure.
“I’m currently a quarter of the way through a prequel.
“Hopefully Worlds Apart will attract enough interest to make someone buy the next one.”
Worlds Apart, which has been published by i2i, was released on September 9 and is now stocked at Waterstones in Deansgate, Bolton town centre.
It is available on Amazon.
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