Guardsman embarks on new career as children’s author

Former Soldier Andrew Whiting MSM has written new children's book. ANL-160105-112552009
Former Soldier Andrew Whiting MSM has written new children's book. ANL-160105-112552009

A former Guardsman is marching along with a new career as a children’s author.

Andrew Whiting, who had served in the two Gulf Wars, is writing a series of books which follow the adventures of Bingy.

He has launched the books online with Amazon Kindle and hopes they will be picked up by a television company.

The stories follow Bingy, who leaves the lighthouse he shares with his parents to embark on a series of adventures using a magic crystal.

The books are aimed at five to 12-year-olds and Mr Whiting has placed within them a message of good manners and being helpful.

Mr Whiting, who left the army in 2014 , said: “I have always had a decent imagination but at the end of my military career, I wanted to write books and it has gone on from there.

“My children are gob smacked.”

He joined up as a teenager and spent 26 years in the Coldstream Guards.

Mr Whiting had a varied career which saw him serving in Buckingham Palace along with being on the front line.

As a teenager, he fought during the First Gulf War, which broke out in 1990.

Mr Whiting said: “I was on the front line and dodging bullets, which was traumatic.”

From there, he had to maintain a straight face as tourists tried to make him laugh while on guard duty outside of Buckingham Palace.

He was also able to speak to the late American president and actor, Ronald Reagan.

Mr Whiting, 45, of Watlington, said: “He was a lovely guy and really down to earth.”

Mr Whiting is married to Lisa and they have five children – Charmaine, 26, Ryan, 23, Holly, 21, Jordan, 21 and 12-year-old Harrison.