Retired science teacher Lily Trezevant is celebrating the publication of her first book and already looking forward to more publishing success.
Lily, who lives in Maresfield, taught in secondary schools until retiring in 2012 and after that took the opportunity to start writing, writes Jacob White.
Rising To The Surface was published by Austin Macauley at the end of last month. It is a novella, longer than a short story but shorter than a novel.
Lily was born in Beckenham, Kent, but moved to East Sussex in the late 1970s to study at the University of Sussex before embarking on a teaching career and living in the Brighton and Hove area.
She moved to Maresfield last year, and lives near the village church, St Bartholomew.
She has a varied array of hobbies and interests, in addition to writing. They include knitting, Scrabble – she boasts a best score of more than 400 – and completing jigsaws.
Rising To The Surface might be her first novella but Lily shows no signs of stopping. She has already penned a second called Treading Water and a third Steady Ground is in the pipeline.
The second book continues the main character Maria’s story and Lily’s publishers have asked her to submit the full manuscript. She’s awaiting their decision.
Lily, who has two grown-up children, a son and a daughter, said: “I’m inspired to write by what I’ve experienced as a daughter, sister, wife and mother.”
She added: “The changing seasons have always influenced my thoughts and I couldn’t single out one of them as a favourite. All four have a special place in my life.”
Lily who enjoys walks with her dog says wildlife and nature fascinate her. David Attenborough is one of her heroes.
She adds that she’s been a voracious reader all of her life, having a love of words and the richness of the English language.
• There’s an author page for Lily Trezevant on the Austin Macauley website with more information about her work.