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Redundant electrician pens new career
12:08pm Monday 10th September 2012 in News
AN unemployed Netherton electrician, who has struggled to find work after being made redundant, is penning a new career for himself by publishing his own e-books.
Carl Owen, was laid off as a car electrician three years-ago but despite numerous applications has struggled to get a job since.
The 27 year-old, who has just become dad to three-week-old Ryan with fiancée Hayley, decided to pursue his passion of writing with his spare time and has recently self-published his first novel and a book of short tales for the Kindle through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing scheme.
Carl, of Griffin Street, said: “I’ve always written short stories and it was something I enjoyed, so as I had plenty of time on my hands I thought I would use it to try and create a career for myself and help provide for my family through the Amazon scheme which allows you to publish the books yourself for free and you earn any royalties.”
Carl’s novel – Suited and Booted is a murder mystery, while Black Country Tales is made up of 12 short stories about love, loss and loneliness and both books are based in and around the borough.
The former Hillcrest pupil, said: “It is very exciting to see them now available from Amazon after I spent about four months writing each one and I think they look great with front covers.”
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