A keen Huddersfield Town fan was trying to impress his future wife when he told her he had the idea for a potentially huge story.
Now, 15 years on, that story is being published.
The Chant is a legal thriller inspired by a couple of cases the writer worked on as a criminal lawyer.
The author – who studied business law at Huddersfield Polytechnic, now the university, from 1988 to 1991 – writes under the pen name, Carl Mason.
He is keeping his real name secret. “As I am a lawyer and the book is more than a bit rude, I want to keep the two roles separate,” he said.
The story centres on Will Taylor, a 35-year-old college lecturer.
Will’s rather ordinary working and private life is thrown into turmoil when he falls under the spell of an unbelievably beautiful new female colleague. The dangerous and violent relationship leads to a murder charge and a harrowing trial.
The writer, a solicitor in Norwich, is a regular visitor to Huddersfield to watch Town matches and he and his son stay with the same couple he lived with when he was at the polytechnic.
“The worst thing about living in Norwich is the beer. My first pint on a Friday night on a visit to Huddersfield is always at The Slubbers,” he said.
The thriller, published by Hornet Books, is priced at £8.99.