Author over the moon with his ‘saucer people’

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AN AUTHOR and poet from Hucknall is celebrating after his first children’s book was published — and made available to buy across the world.

Andrew Fletcher (50), of Bolingey Way, is a mental-health worker and has no formal training in writing.

But over the last 15 years he’s had poems published in 24 books and has appeared in compilations published by United Press, which can select from more than 60,000 writers.

Now he has achieved another goal by writing the intriguingly-titled ‘Invasion Of The Saucer People’, which is aimed at children aged nine and ten.

The 50-page book features a group of aliens who are blamed for making Mars desolate and killing off the dinosaurs. They decide to launch a takeover of Earth.

The only thing standing in their way is an old council worker, named Norman, and his brother, who is a traffic warden.

Big-hitting book-shop Waterstone’s will offer the book in its London stores. It is also available online through the websites of WH Smith, Waterstone’s and Amazon, including in countries as far afield as South Africa and India.

Dad-of-two Andrew, who is married to Kerry, said: “I am delighted with the book. I have more things planned.

“It is quite a thrill to see something that started in my head, is now in my hand and is available for others to read.

“It wouldn’t matter if I didn’t sell a single copy. It is quite an achievement and it is unbelievable to think that the book will be around for a lot longer than me.”

Part of ‘Invasion Of The Saucer People’ was originally written for a compilation of children’s tales. But Andrew decided not to submit it because he knew he could so more with the story.

He now has plans to come up with 30 60-second horror-stories for children.

OUR PHOTO shows a proud Andrew with his new work of art — DISPIC NHUD11-2381-1.