‘Bringing mystery and glamour back into law’
A practicing solicitor has swapped her usual court documents for a nail-biting novel, as she released her first published book earlier this month.
Goldie Millan has been working in law for almost 20 years having earned her master’s degree from Cambridge University back in 1995.
Despite finding many successes in the field, it was writing that always intrigued the legal professional and now she has finally had the chance to achieve a lifelong aspiration with the release of her first book.
“I have always wanted to write a novel,” Goldie said, “but have never had the opportunity to do so before.
“In order to write a novel, you need to have the experience of life and the subject matter about which you write.
“I take on law students regularly for work placements and they all seem to have this glamorous idea of the law and Lawyers.
“I try to bring them back to reality by giving them tasks such as shredding to do. ‘Diary of a Lawyer’ was my way of bringing mystery and glamour back into Law.”
The ‘Diary of a Lawyer’ is set in Leeds and follows the main character, Liberty Deller, through her diary extracts.
After her father’s apparent suicide, Liberty is convinced that there is more to his death than what meets the eye and takes it upon herself to uncover the truth.
Training as a solicitor at her father’s former practice, she learns that all is not as it seems with a number of dark secrets lurking beneath the surface.
A mysterious book, left to Liberty in her father’s will also contains its own hidden truths and becomes ever more important than the young legal trainee could have ever imagined.
“My book tells the story of a young person’s struggle between right and wrong, integrity and dishonesty,” Goldie added.
“Her own life will be in danger and on many occasions she does not know what to do. She turns to her father in her Diary to help her fit together the pieces of the puzzle behind his death.”
Despite working in a similar field to that of her main character, Goldie added that it had not been a straightforward task scripting the book but was now delighted to see the finished article.
“Writing the novel has certainly been a learning curve because you realise that it is hard work,” she said.
“It is about imagination and creativity and after spending all day reading legal textbooks and case law, it can be difficult to switch on the creativity cells.
“To have the finished book now is a great feeling.”
Diary of a Lawyer is available on Amazon or can be read for free on ‘Wattpad’.
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