The Exmouth author hopes to get a book signed with publishers.

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17:25 20 June 2022



An Exmouth children’s author is hoping his ‘Joe Stone and the Curse of Lady Malaga’ series of books will be picked up by a national publishing group.

Martin Rowley has two books on sale and already plans to start writing his third soon, which is currently published independently on Amazon, but tells the Log: “It would be my dream for a publisher to take a local author and change everything for me.”

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Martin began writing the book at the start of the coronavirus lockdown in 2020. Struggling with dyslexia and special needs, he found it very difficult, and at one point threw his laptop aside in frustration , thinking he couldn’t do it.

But he fought on and is now set to publish the third book in the Joe Stone series.

Since the book’s launch, Martin has visited local primary schools in Exmouth to promote the book. He spent time at Marpool Primary School, Withycombe Raleigh and St Joseph’s, giving a reading and meeting the children to get their feedback.

Martin’s book follows the story of Joe Stone, who is in training to become one of the most powerful warlocks the world has seen. With every twist, the fearsome Lady Malaga has a few tricks up her sleeve to keep Joe on his toes.

Martin started writing the book at the start of the coronavirus lockdown in 2020. Struggling with dyslexia, he found it very difficult and at one point threw his laptop aside in frustration, thinking that he couldn’t do it.

Martin, who also owns a hairdresser in town, said: “So many people have now read my book and said it would make such a great movie. As you know, I struggle with special needs and dyslexia. I really want to inspire and give hope to others that you can achieve anything you dream of.”

Martins’ books are on sale on Amazon for £7.99.

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