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American adventure inspires former editor's novel

A former weekly editor has drawn inspiration from a stateside visit for his newly-released novel.

Paul Mortimer chose the American city of Portland, where he was visiting friends, as the setting for his crime fantasy Ravenhart.

Former Staffordshire Newsletter editor Paul officially launched the novel with a signing at a bookshop in Tiverton, Devon, where he now lives, last week.

So far he says the book has been selling on both sides of the Atlantic.


Said Paul: “When I sat down to write the novel the city just clicked because it’s a great place.

“It’s a current novel with a bit of a twist where there’s an older fantasy element to it which takes it off at an interesting angle.”

Paul was editor of the Newsletter from 1996-2003 and then the Richmond and Twickenham Times from 2003-2008.

After a stint as chief sub-editor on the Bucks Free Press, he called time on his 42-year career in 2009 and moved to Tiverton, where he currently serves as a town councillor.

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