By day, Richard Daniels teaches English at Boston College. It’s a job he says he loves.
However, he is determined to launch a career as a successful author.
The 37-year-old has spent the last three years working on a novel ‘Atlantis For All.’
According to Richard, it’s a modern re-telling of the legendary city buried deep beneath the seas.
He’s sent the novel to a host of literary agents.
Now, he’s waiting anxiously for a reply...like thousands of other aspiring authors.
“Obviously, there are no guarantees,” said Richard, “but I’m really hopeful.”
At more than 80,000 words, he’s poured his heart and soul into the novel.
Family and friends tell him it’s an enthralling read. Whether agents agree could hold the key to his future.
Richard has harboured hopes of becoming an author since his childhood.
He was - and still is - an avid reader of sci-fi novels.
After leaving school, he achieved an MA in creative writing at Nottingham Trent University.
He then trained as a teacher but has never lost sight of his ultimate dream.
Drawing much of his inspiration from the Lincolnshire countryside, he has written a host of short stories - like ‘The Dog, The Girl and The Magician’ - some of which he’s self published on the internet.
Together with one of his friends, he writes and produces ‘Zine’ - an illustrated magazine of short stories that comes out every four or five months.
If you popped into a town centre pizza house recently, you might have picked up a copy of one of his short stories.
But, like all authors, he’d love to see his name in print.
He added: “I know it’s difficult but if you want really something enough, you have got to go for it.”