Author discovers flair for fiction at 83

Wainfleet author Ernest Barrett.
Wainfleet author Ernest Barrett.
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An 83-year-old Wainfleet author is currently writing his third novel after discovering a flair for fiction late in life.

Ernest Barrett says he had always wanted to put his stories into print but never found the confidence until he joined a writing group in Skegness.

“I always thought I had it in me but I’ve had other hobbies that took up all my time,” he said. “I used to do a lot of painting and then poetry and then I joined Skegness Writers, which Margaret Dickinson attended, and I picked up a lot from them.”

Ernest’s first published book - Perfect Match - is set in Boston and tells the heart wrenching tale of a young mother forced to give up her newborn son.

The debut novel is available online at Amazon where it has received rave reviews from numerous readers, praising Ernest’s ability to capture the flavour of the local area.

“I’ve had quite a lot of feedback from people who loved it and everyone has said how much they enjoyed the characters,” he said.

For his second published work - Blind Stab - Ernest remained within the Lincolnshire setting, this time for a detective novel, which he researched by talking to officers at Skegness Police Station.

The former Sheffield man, who moved to Lincolnshire after a life changing accident while working at a Rotherham steel works, says he has based many of his characters on friends and family he knew from his working class roots.

He is currently working on his third novel, having caught the writing bug.

“It’s been an interesting experience and very satisfying having achieved something.”