Author Michael realises his book dream

Michael Jones' first novel
Michael Jones' first novel

A rare lung disorder didn’t stop a former Leyther from pursuing his dream.

Michael Jones has written his first novel after the curtain came down on his acting career three years ago.

Michael Jones, former Winstanley pupi, who used to live in Leigh. He has written his first Children's novel

Michael Jones, former Winstanley pupi, who used to live in Leigh. He has written his first Children's novel

The 32-year-old has penned what he calls a science-fantasy novel for young readers aged 12 and over.

Entitled The Infinite River, this is the first in the series of books called The Other Place.

Michael who now lives in Writtle, Essex, said: “I had always liked writing and I tried over the years but never thought it was good enough.

“But then my wife said, I still had a child-like mind and that I should write a story for a younger audience. My story developed from there and I’m on with my second book now.”

The Infinite River is based in a world where everything weird and wonderful exists.

But ordinary 12-year-old schoolboy, Greenery Jackson from an ordinary seaside town in north-west England soon discovers that the land he thought was so nice is in fact, downright dangerous.

A former student of Winstanley College and also a graduate of The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA), Michael enjoyed a successful acting career in film, television, theatre and radio until his last performance of Our House, the Madness musical in 2008.

The star was suddenly hospitalised with Common Variable Immuno Deficiency (CVID), a genetic disorder which renders the immune system completely useless.

In Michael’s case it also caused an extensive lung disorder which meant he was no longer able to perform and it has taken more than two years to get back to full health.

He now works as a drama teacher for teenagers with autism at a special school in Essex where he lives with his wife Nina and son Casey.

The book (below) is available from most major bookstores and Amazon.co.uk.