AN author whose work has been exhibited at international book fairs is to appear at a forthcoming festival after releasing a new novel.

TG Trouper, of Silver End, pens thrilling fictional books and will be appearing at the Brightlingsea Literary Festival on March 3.

During the event Mr Trouper will conduct a reading from one of his four novels, the most recent release being the horror-themed book Perfect Strangers.

He will then take part in a question-and-answer session about his work.

Braintree and Witham Times: Novelist - TG Trouper next to informational posters on his booksNovelist - TG Trouper next to informational posters on his books (Image: TG Trouper)

He said: “I am very excited to be involved and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers for inviting me.

“It wasn’t until I’d had my first two novels published just a year ago, that I became aware of just how many really good authors there are in Essex, and throughout the country.”

Mr Trouper has earned a reputation for his Astrid trilogy which follows the lead character as she uses her acting skills to gain an advantage in her war-torn country.

He has exhibited his work at book fairs in London, Frankfurt, and Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.

Perfect Strangers is the first novel in a trilogy of unconnected horror books inspired by classic Hammer horror films.

Braintree and Witham Times: Trilogy - TG Trouper's Astrid seriesTrilogy - TG Trouper's Astrid series (Image: TG Trouper)

Braintree and Witham Times: New release - The front cover for TG Trouper's Perfect StrangersNew release - The front cover for TG Trouper's Perfect Strangers (Image: TG Trouper)

He said: “There isn’t one specific film. My inspiration is the style of the old Hammer films, where the tension builds over time.

“Too many horror films are jump-scares or slashers from the word go and I didn’t want that - I wanted something to make the reader start to question the events that take place.

“There is foreshadowing and hints of what’s to come, all of which come together in the climax.”

Mr Trouper spent many years working in the live music industry.

He started writing novels after being disappointed by some of the books he had read, and would come up with ideas and characters during long drives home from work.

Braintree and Witham Times: Man of mystery - TG TrouperMan of mystery - TG Trouper (Image: TG Trouper)

Years passed and as his confidence grew, he eventually published the Astrid novels.

Mr Trouper says he loves "creating worlds for people to immerse themselves in".

He said: “The thrill I get is that I know how I visualised the scenes, but every reader can put their own interpretation on it.”