Technophobe is now eBook guru

Pete Wolstencroft, of Curzon Road in Poulton, who has gone from being a self-confessed technophobe to e-book author whose works are being bought around the world.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'20-12-2012

Pete Wolstencroft, of Curzon Road in Poulton, who has gone from being a self-confessed technophobe to e-book author whose works are being bought around the world. PIC BY ROB LOCK'20-12-2012

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SELF-confessed technophobe Pete Wolstencroft admits he was so perplexed by computers he would have been happy throwing several of them out the window.

Even his first email address was a mash of random letters and numbers because he got mixed up choosing a user name and password.

So it may come as a surprise to some to learn Pete, 53, is now a successful author of several eBooks.

And his books, on a variety of subjects, are selling in their hundreds.

The foreign languages teacher, of Curzon Road in Poulton, said: “I was a complete and utter technophobe. I was a Luddite.

“I’ve done this just by dogged determination. I hammered away at it.”

Pete’s digital books take on an autobiographical theme, based on his travels around the globe and his own experiences.

His top seller is Tapas and Tinto – a look at the food, drink and wildlife of Spain – which has sold around 400 downloads.

Also doing well are A Kick in the Balkans, based on his time living in Bulgaria, and Fight, Fatboy, Fight, which is about a boxing comeback.

Pete said: “The thing about publishing on an eBook platform is that it is so much more democratic. Anyone who feels they have a story to tell can write it in any way they see fit. You don’t have to pay attention to the writing rules that prevent a lot of people getting into publishing.”

Pete said he had always had a passion for writing and “had a dabble in it” 30 years ago writing poetry.

It was not until he decided to get to grips with modern technology that he pursued his passion to the point of publication, and he produced his first eBook this summer.

He added: “Very often I will just sit and write, even if nothing’s happened.

“I am not going to be buying any Ferraris just yet, but it’s my ambition to have about 20 eBooks on line, when I can start to make a living from them.”