Author’s star-studded past fuels first book

Jon Teckman with his new book at Caffe Nero in Aylesbury

Jon Teckman with his new book at Caffe Nero in Aylesbury

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A man who brushed shoulders with movie stars has written a book based on his experiences – and producers want to turn it into a film.

Jon Teckman, 52, spent the turn of the millennium on the ‘fringes’ of the film industry as chief executive of the British Film Institute.

Author Jon Teckman with his new book

Author Jon Teckman with his new book

But for the last seven years, the dad-of-two has sat in Aylesbury and Wendover coffee shops – with Americanos and pastries to fuel his writing. His tale of champagne and caviar is now hitting the shelves and one of his film producer pals wants to turn it into a movie.

Mr Teckman, who lives in King Edward Avenue with wife Anne and their sons Matthew, 11, and Joseph, 13, now works as a leadership consultant at Ashridge Business School.

But he wanted to use his glamorous former life as the setting for Ordinary Joe, penned in the likes of Caffe Nero and Costa Coffee.

“Most writers like to have quiet,” Mr Teckman said. “But I prefer a buzz. I get bored otherwise. I always felt on the outside, on the fringes of the film industry, like I wasn’t a talent.

He wakes up one morning next to one of the leading actresses”

Jon Teckman

“The book’s about an ordinary man in these extraordinary situations.

“He wakes up one morning next to one of the leading actresses and he has to make sure his wife doesn’t find out.

“It’s not completely from personal experience, I promise!” he joked.

The book, published by The Borough Press, tells the story of an actress who cannot stand her superficial life. All she wants is a real conversation and that is where Joe – the married accountant – comes in.

Author Jon Teckman at Caffe Nero in Aylesbury

Author Jon Teckman at Caffe Nero in Aylesbury

Overnight, he is thrust into the limelight for all the wrong reasons. The 300-page book will soon be available in Waterstone’s and online, but Mr Teckman never set out to release a book.

He said: “I never had a burning passion to be a writer but my wife sent me on a writing course as a 10 year wedding anniversary present.

“I definitely recommend it but it’s challenging getting feedback. It’s disheartening when you’re told bits of the story need to change but it’s definitely better because of it.

“It’s a tough business – you’ve got to put up with rejections. You’ve got to take on board people’s comments and be positive about them.”

Mr Teckman has got ideas for more books but he is first looking forward to promoting Ordinary Joe.

He is holding a signing session in Waterstone’s, Aylesbury, on July 18 and a talk at Aylesbury Library on July 23.

Producers Trademark Films are interested in making it into a movie.

Ordinary Joe is available from July 16.