Travel inspires retired teacher’s fourth novel
A trip to the world has inspired a former Peterborough district teacher to write his fourth novel.
It is the first complete work published by Paul Nicholas Mason since he retired from Lakefield College School after 30 years of teaching drama.
Mason’s new book “The Rogue Wave” is about women lost at sea and then found alive.
Inspired by Mason’s travels, the story takes place between a New Brunswick whale watching tour of Fundy Bay and the town of Peterborough.
“I have traveled a lot in my life and I have been moved by the environment I have found myself in, including New Brunswick, Mexico, Oaxaca, Salisbury, especially Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge,” Mason said.
“I think all of this is Peterborough, where I lived between 1976 when I went to Trent as my first undergraduate year until 2017 when I moved to Newcastle.”
The thematic inspiration came from a trip that a friend took on a whale watching tour. He wondered what could happen if the boat capsized due to a ruthless wave and got lost in the sea.
“What could have happened was that he was supposed to have drowned but then found himself alive and thousands of miles away, in an unforeseen circumstance,” Mason said.
He has been writing for most of his life, since he was very young.
“I’ve always been a reader and I really like novels, reading novels and I felt it was a great way to explore the world and put some interesting ideas in it,” Mason said.
He has also had some small successes as a playwright and has published and produced works in many parts of the world, including Cork, Ireland, Chicago and Peterborough.
“I spent a few years writing projects and small hits on this front, so I had published and produced some work,” Mason said.
One of the things Peterborough readers might find fascinating is the concept of the caves under Parkhill Road, he said.
“I think it would be interesting to access the cave through an underground tunnel just behind the old Peter Robinson College,” Mason said.
“I think it would be interesting, the idea of a thriller could take place at least in part in an area that is very familiar.”
This part of the book is nearing its climax, he said.
“It is fair to say that there are many smaller steps on the road, but where the final big scene takes place is a moment of reckoning between the protagonist and the novel’s main villain,” Mason said.
The paperback will be released on April 15 and will go on sale in bookstores, including Chapters. Pre-orders can be placed online at amazon.ca/Rogue-Wave-Paul-Mason/dp/1989689213