Local lifeguard turns novelist

INDIVIDUALITY is at the heart of a new novel written by a Margaret River man hoping to impart some of his own experiences and lessons with readers. 

Margaret River lifeguard Douglas Cooney has spent the winter, time he usually spends travelling, in a creative whirlwind, writing a novel which focuses on the idea that life is ultimately meant to be fun.

"It's time now to choose your best life ever," he said.

"This is a book for the 'right now' on the planet for every Tom, Dick and Harry. 

"I just want to get that simple message out to everyone.

"I feel I've got a really positive life message to share with the world.

"We are all unique and special in our own way, we should celebrate our individuality." 

Mr Cooney has handwritten 500 pages in a notebook but now needs to type it up and get it published. 

"I find it hard to be creative around a computer and I can take my book anywhere that might inspire me," he said.

Mr Cooney hopes to use the crowd funding website www.pozible.com to raise the money necessary to publish his book through Fremantle press Vivid Publishing.

Once live, pledges will range from $25 for a signed copy of the book through to $500 for a fully catered local's tour of Margaret River.

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