Published at first attempt

NRHNLM110404D1 - Langley Mill author Angela Rigely
NRHNLM110404D1 - Langley Mill author Angela Rigely

A FORMER civil servant has had her first novel attempt published – at the age of 63.

Angela Rigley, from Cromford Road, Langley Mill, turned her hand to writing fiction just two years ago and has enjoyed success with her first outing.

More than 100 copies of her book, Looking for Jamie, have been sold and book store Waterstones is already ordering another batch.

Grandmother of seven, Angela started her new life as a novelist when she retired in 2007.

She said: “I never had a chance to write one before, until I got myself a computer in 2007 it was tough to just write things in my exercise book.”

The novel, published by Bluewood publishing is set in the late 19th Century and tells the story of a mother’s search for her lost son Jamie, who unknown to her has been taken in by a rich family. Angela describes it as entertaining historical fiction and says friends have returned good reviews so far.

Despite joining a writers’ workshop in Eastwood in 2007, Angela says she had no formal training. She added: “I didn’t have a planned plot, I just knew where the book was going to start and end, each time I sat down at my laptop I didn’t know where it was going.”