Joy as first novel is published

Ricky Fortunato with girlfriend Emma Wilkie and children Duncan, Angus, Louise and Ian.'Keddie Law
Ricky Fortunato with girlfriend Emma Wilkie and children Duncan, Angus, Louise and Ian.'Keddie Law

THE PUBLICATION of Montrose man Ricky Fortunato’s first novel has been almost six years in the making and became a true labour of love.

A support worker for adults with learning disabilities, Ricky juggled writing the book with a full-time job as well as family life with his girlfriend and four children and found that it had to be fitted in at odd times. It is, however, the realisation of a long-held ambition.

He said: “I’ve always wanted to write a book and thought one day that I’d just start it. I wrote a first draft and let people read it and they felt it wasn’t a bad story. I then began working on it properly, working on it before I went to work in the morning and in the evenings as well as on holidays but I eventually put it aside to work on other things.

“Then my mum, Nancy, died and I felt I wanted to do something positive instead of just sitting around so decided to get it published as a tribute to her.

“The story just kept coming to me, little bits at a time, and it’s a positive sort of book and that’s the main theme behind it. I’ve no idea where the ideas actually came from.”

‘Do You Believe in Miracles?’ follows Eddie Ryan whose entire existence revolves around gambling, drinking and visits to the Job Centre but whose life changes unexpectedly and dramatically after he meets a stranger called James.

Ricky added: “Although it’s fiction it’s not based on anyone in Montrose and I’ve had good feedback about it so far, which is what kept me going.”

‘Do You Believe in Miracles?’ was published through www.feedaread.com, from where it is still available, and has just gone on sale through Amazon.