A LOCAL musician has written his first novel during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Kevin Corby Bowyer, 59, is a University of Glasgow organist living in Seamill. He has 40 years’ experience of international concert playing and 100 CDs to his name but his professional commitments have always prevented him from writing the story which has been in his head for five years.

Since the UK went into lockdown two months ago, Kevin has finally written it.

He said: “I’ve always had a fondness for writing stories. I would occasionally write during recording sessions abroad but I never thought I was going to have time to publish something.

“When lockdown came into effect, all my concerts, university weddings and graduation ceremonies got cancelled. Sixty per cent of my income disappeared so I thought this was the ideal opportunity.

“The morning after Boris announced that we had to stay at home I started writing it straight away. It took me six weeks to get it done and seven drafts to tidy it all up until I was happy with it.”

‘The House on Boulby Cliff’ is a paranormal romance set on the North Yorkshire coast. The book was published three weeks ago and has already received five star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Kevin said: “The response has been wonderful. People have been messaging me saying how much they enjoyed it and that they want to make it the subject of their book club. It’s really encouraging.

“I’ve started researching the second book which traces the life of one of the characters in the debut novel from birth to death.

“It’s my baby. I’ve carried the characters around in my head for so long. I really care about them. I never thought I’d get a chance to write this so it’s wonderful.”

‘The House on Boulby Cliff’ is available as an ebook on Amazon.