A CHARLO photographer has swopped his camera lens for the keyboard to publish his first novel, To Find Friends, which was released last month.
Deryck Foster, 54, first came up with the story line seven years ago while on a flight to the United States, but it was only at the end of last year that he decided that it was time to finish it.
To Find Friends is a blend of action and romance which follows the adventures of an ex-army officer trying to track down some of his friends in the defence force.
The action is set against the backdrop of Port Elizabeth, and Foster’s story begins with the lead character, who remains nameless throughout the novel, seeking out some of his former special forces colleagues from his time in the army.
Foster has a one-book deal with the self-publishing AuthorHouse UK and has already written the sequel. He has started with the third book and has the story line for the third and fourth.
“I enjoyed writing the book. I used what I learnt in the military and as a gunsmith,” said Foster, who spent the mandatory two years in the then South African Defence Force and competed at the World Practical Pistol Championships.
He said he wrote mainly in the evenings between 8pm and 1am and would get a lot of his ideas from dreams he had.
“When I woke up I would make notes of what I dreamt and it would usually end up being the next chapter.”
The book, which has been described as a “page turner”, is written in the first person and Foster says the main character remains “just to be different”.
The author is now focused on promoting his book. He is doing most of the marketing himself in South Africa. The publisher is responsible for the marketing overseas.
“I didn’t know how much work was involved after writing the book. I hope it does well,” said Foster.
He has partly written three other books including a book on photography which is his main passion.
Foster has covered prestigious events such as the Super 14 and Wimbledon and has freelanced for top magazines including Sports Illustrated.
His book is currently available in print and e-book format, and can be ordered online through Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com or via Foster’s own website, www.derycksbook.com