Andy hits gold as new novel makes top 10

AN AUTHOR is celebrating after his latest adventure novel made it into the top 10 bestsellers.

Andy McDermott, 43, from Halifax, said he was overwhelmed after Empire of Gold made it to number nine in the UK Top Original Fiction chart.

Mr McDermott, who now lives in Bournemouth, left Halifax in 1992.

He released his first book four years ago. Since then he has written six more, but this is the most successful to date.

The former Crossley Heath pupil has also seen his book rocket into the Top 100 of online retailer Amazon.

“It’s fantastic. I am still absolutely blown away by it. It’s something I have hoped would happen, but for it to have actually got that high in the chart is brilliant,” said Andy.

Despite writing since his schooldays it was only after leaving his job as a journalist he took it up full-time.

“I had no guarantees at all that I would even make one sale, let alone seven,” said Andy.

He said he had no idea what has made this book so popular. “If I knew, I’d make all my books like this,” he said.

“I think it’s possibly the subject that has made this so popular. It’s all about the Incas and lost cities and the Indiana Jones-type subject,” he said.

His mum, Helen Lockwood, who still lives in Skircoat Green, Halifax, said she was “very proud” of her son’s achievements.

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