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Solihull News: Write stuff for dreams; MERIDEN: Tale of insomnia behind first novel.

Byline: By Leda Reynolds

AN INSOMNIAC writer is hoping to achieve one of his dreams by seeing his new book on the best seller's list.

Heath Tredell decided to put pen to paper to while away the early hours when sleep was evading him and has now seen his first novel, Heaven, published.

"It's my first attempt at writing a book and I'm excited about it," said Heath, of Meriden, who is managing director of a group of care homes for the elderly.

"I'm a bit of an insomniac and one day I was thinking it was strange how some people disappear off the face of the earth," he said.

"It got me thinking that if someone wanted to be left alone, where would they go and how would they go about it and it grew from that."

The story is based on a man called Zak Sharpe, born into the aristocracy and given an idyllic upbringing, he inherits a vast fortune following a family tragedy and becomes a millionaire playboy dogged by the paparazzi.

He eventually manages to escape the rat race by faking his own death with the help of experts who spirit him away to a fantasy island in the Bermuda Triangle.

"It all seems like heaven, but all is not what it seems," said Heath.

"Many boats disappear in the Bermuda Triangle and it's still a mystery.

"I'm very interested in conspiracy theories, for instance how do we know that all the young, famous people we hear have died, really have?

"The island really exists, but people will have to make up their own minds about which other parts of the book are fact and which are fiction," he added.

Heaven, by Heath Tredell, costs pounds 7.99 and is available from any bookshop.

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