Travel inspires retired teacher’s fourth novel
Traveling the world inspired a former school teacher from the Peterborough area to write his fourth novel.
It is the first complete work published by Paul Nicholas Mason since retiring from Lakefield College School after 30 years of acting classes.
Mason’s new book “The Rogue Wave” is about a woman who gets lost at sea and is then found alive.
Inspired by Mason’s travels, the story takes place between a whale watching tour in New Brunswick in the Bay of Fundy and the city of Peterborough.
“I’ve traveled quite a bit in my life and been moved by the areas I was in including New Brunswick, Mexico, the state of Oaxaca, Salisbury, especially Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge,” said Mason.
“I think all of this is Peterborough, where I lived between 1976 when I went to Trent as a freshman and 2017 when I moved to Newcastle.”
The thematic inspiration came from a trip he and a friend took on a whale watching tour. He wondered what if the boat capsized due to a rogue wave and she was lost at sea.
“What could happen is that she presumably drowned but was later discovered alive and thousands of miles away under unpredictable circumstances,” Mason said.
He has written most of his life since he was very young.
“I’ve always been a reader and I enjoy novels, reading novels and I found it to be a wonderful way to explore the world and come up with some interesting ideas,” said Mason.
He also had some minor successes as a playwright, having plays published and produced in many locations around the world including Cork, Ireland, Chicago and Peterborough.
“I’ve spent a few years writing plays and small hits on that front, so I’ve published and produced a few plays,” Mason said.
One of the things that Peterborough readers might find fascinating is the idea of caves under Parkhill Road, he said.
“I think there will be an interesting access to the cave through an underground tunnel just behind the old Peter Robinson College,” said Mason.
“I think it would be interesting to think that at least part of a thriller could take place in an area that is very familiar.”
This part of the book is nearing the climax of the action, he said.
“It’s fair to say there are a number of minor highlights along the way, but where the final big scene takes place, it’s a moment of reckoning between the protagonist and the main villain of the novel,” said Mason.
The paperback will be released on April 15th and will be sold in bookstores including chapters. Pre-orders can be made online at amazon.ca/Rogue-Wave-Paul-Mason/dp/1989689213