Retailer Makes A Splash With First Book

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Retailer makes a splash with first book
8th November 2018

By Sandra Pearce



An aquatics retailer has taken his first plunge into the realm of novel writing.

Mark Edmondson, who owns Amazon Aquatics in Leigh, Wigan, has written a murder mystery, The Beast of Bodmin, which is now available through selected book sellers.

The novel is set in Bodmin moor, Cornwall, which has been famously surrounded by the myth of a wild cat living there for decades.

Mark said: “I have always been interested in the world of fiction. I used to enjoy reading books by writers like Agatha Christie and the first adult book I read was Jaws.

“I actually went to Bodmin on holiday about 20 years ago and it was only later that I checked that there has not been a fiction book written about it.

“I started writing this book four years ago but I wasn’t sure about sending a draft of it off to anyone. When I was at a family party I told my niece Kadie about it and she shouted at me.

“The next night I sent it off to an agent and he got back to me within a day.”

Mark has worked in the aquarium industry since he was 16 before running his own business when he was 21 and then taking control of Amazon Aquatics 13 years ago.

He told the Leigh Journal: “I kept the release of my book a secret from a lot of my friends and family so it has a surprise to them when I told them about it.

“There has been a good response to the book so far which has been nice.”

Mark, who has two grandchildren, added: “In my writing, I like concentrating on developing the characters first and then seeing where the story goes. I am now working on another couple of books.”

The book is currently being sold through Foyles, Waterstones, the Telegraph and Amazon.