PENSIONER Ken Jackson’s dream of being a published writer has come true at the age of 76.
Ken walked into Portsmouth’s Waterstone’s to see his first ever novel available on the shelves.
His fictional tale Up-and-Coming Rangers focuses on a football team’s struggle to get promoted from the second to the first division, and all the politics that surround their goal.
Ken, of Godwit Road, Milton, Portsmouth, only decided to turn his hand to writing at the age of 70, after spending most of his career working for credit company Dun and Bradstreet.
He said: ‘I’ve always wanted to write and had the idea for this story for a while, and now that I’ve put it together, I wish I’d done it years ago.
‘It feels special, like I’ve achieved something and it hasn’t finished yet.
‘I’ve still got plenty more stories inside me that I want to write. It feels like this is the start of a new chapter in my life.’
His intriguing tale was quickly snapped up by Indepenpress, in Brighton, after Mr Jackson – who writes under the pseudo name Johnny Jackson – sent it to the publisher to read.
Despite his passion for football, Ken’s original idea for a book was quite different.
‘I wanted to write a book about Christianity,’ he said, ‘But I was told it would cost me money to do.
‘So I turned to my favourite love beside Christianity – football.
‘I thought this would help me get enough money to write a book on Christianity, but now I realise that not many people want to read books about that.
‘And now I have so many other things I want to write about, I’ve nearly finished another book already which is much more of a romantic tale.’