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The Ticket
George Rolston

Life is difficult for illegal immigrants in the U.S.A.   Such was the situation for Manuel Contreras, a clerk in a convenience store in the NewYork neighborhood of Flatbush.

He dreamed of winning the lottery, and he would study the winning numbers as he sat at the counter night after night. It distracted him from a fear that this would be the night when  some thug would again rob the store, threatening or maybe even ending his life.

This night would be different for Manuel. He would see a chance to make his dreams come true.              And he would take it.

George Rolston

As a boy in wartime Britain, George attended one of Britain's famous public schools. He was a bored student and it showed in his poor academic performance. He spent much of his time shooting rabbits in the fields and woods around his home to help feed the family. During his lifetime he became a champion shot, winning numerous cups.

His interest in writing originated right at home. His father  wrote histories of the local area. George enjoyed hearing his father's stories of local life.

After law school in London he married and moved to Canada. He is a lawyer and a registered patent agent. His work involved writing long documents, and legal arguments. But it was all facts. It became mechanical, a formula which he repeated over and over.

George received his first job offer through a random meeting aboard a sailboat, in France. His University Professor thought he was not up to it. "Too intellectual," he said. As usual, bored George's marks had been poor. But he declined the Professor's advice and took the job.
During vacation time on the beach he took school exercise books and pens and just wrote. Working as a lawyer just didn't satisfy him. Writing did. "Ideas are all around you," says George. "Just read the newspapers. Truth is stranger than fiction. Pick your news item and turn it into fiction. I just lie under a palm tree, in the Caribbean, close off the left side of my brain and let the creative side take over. Then I scribble down what comes out. Trouble is, I scribble very fast. The hardest part comes later, trying to dictate the text."

He finds dialog suits his style better than narrative. "Listen to people talking," he says. "It takes practice copying phrases, but don't be afraid to try something different. It sounds more creative."

George once sent off query letters to a dozen publishers. He was actually surprised when only one accepted his spy novel's outline. But he never finished it. He has published numerous legal papers in Canada, the U.S.A and Britain. He has held many seminars for inventors. He has appeared in a couple of television shows. "The Ticket" is his first published fiction novel.

George has this advice for writers: "Don't discuss your plots with anyone else, ever. They will always discourage you. Read good authors. Read bad authors. Compare. Then try it yourself. Try my book. If you can do better, go ahead. It's fun.