East 17 legend Tony Mortimer announced that he read his first novel earlier this year.
The chart topper revealed that it first picked up a book in April when the world fell into a global lockdown to contain the coronavirus.
But now, 50-year-old Tony has admitted that his decision changed his life dramatically and also inspired a new career path.
Since buying a hardcover book, the star has read 65 books after getting bored at home.
His new hobby played a role in his decision to become a writer and write a biography.
The star, who received an Ivor Novello Award after writing Stay Another Day, shared his revelation The times – added that he couldn’t think of anything worse before the lockdown.
“I don’t remember ever reading a novel,” he said.
“I’ve read books about music and stuff, but I’ve never read a novel. I couldn’t think of anything more boring.”
The Londoner got excited after reading Secrets of the Greek Revival – a haunted house mystery penned by Eva Pohler.
He continued, “I remember the first book, I thought I was going to force myself to reach the end. And I did and I just fell in love with reading it.
“It is absolutely escape from the world.”
He now intends to address some of the greatest literary writers, including Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare.
Using Stephen King’s Guide to Writing, Mortimer is currently writing his own book that has not gone according to plan.
The songwriter admitted that he envisioned starting from the beginning – and admitted that the first 10,000 words are out of chronological order.
“I started pretty much in the middle,” he told the publication.
Jess Harrison, editor-in-chief at Penguin Books, recently reported that book sales have increased 69 percent since March.