Ketton author Will Stebbings publishes latest novel set in South Luffenham and Rutland
Ketton novelist Will Stebbings has turned to Rutland to provide the backdrop for his sixth novel, A Bang on the Head.
Central character Rob Lennard wakes up in a hospital bed in 2019 having lost all memory of the previous 40 years after suffering mild concussion from a garden accident.
His wife Julie and family try different experiences to jog his memory and restore him to his old self, including walks around their home village of South Luffenham and Rutland.
“Most of my books are based in Norfolk where I was born and raised, but I thought it was time I set them in Rutland as I’ve lived here since 1983,” Will said.
“I wanted to do things from a different angle with this book.
“If someone wakes up in the 21st century having been asleep for 40 years and sees how much the world has changed.
“The world outside of the hospital is like science fiction to him - Satnavs, the internet, satellite television, cars with cameras. Even people’s attitudes have changed.”
Having toyed with the idea of writing for many years, Will penned his first book while working in IT, and retirement has allowed him to become more prolific; his latest novel has taken just six months.
“I started writing by accident,” he said.
“My company weren’t giving me any work to do so I started toying with the idea of a book and a few months later I had 80,000 words written.
“That was published and it took off from there.”
Last autumn he released Completely Off the Mark, the fourth and final chapter of his four-book series about fictional character Mark Barker.
They follow the efforts of an inexperienced youth seeking the love of his life in the 1960s and concludes with his eventual marriage.
“My previous work was based on nostalgia for the 1960s which appeals to quite a few people, but I have done the 60s now and wanted to move on,” Will explained.
And Will is not the only writer in the Stebbings household.
Wife Yvonne published her first book Silverfin, aimed at pre-school children, last autumn, with several more awaiting illustration.
A Bang on the Head is available from Amazon in both printed and e-book format, at £6.99 and £2.99 respectively.