I live in the north west of England and work as a data analyst for one
of the local Health Authorities. I have been a prolific reader all my
life, and for many years have spent the majority of my free time
writing. As well as being educated up to degree level, I have completed
courses and received diplomas from ‘The Writing School Ltd’ and ‘The
Academy of Children’s Writers.
My aim in life has always been to write, and I‘ve
had a sideline of freelance writing for more years than I like to admit
to having lived. This has mainly involved published articles in such
magazines as ‘Prediction’. I have also completed two children’s novels,
published by YouWriteOn in conjunction with Legend Press in December’08.
I am currently working on a fantasy novel for adults, and another very
different children’s humorous fantasy.
A children’s sword and sorcery
fantasy novel aimed at the nine years of age to mid teen market. Zac is
a fifteen year old stable boy whose life is turned upside down when he
finds himself in the midst of demons, magic and a perilous quest. The
land around Albemerle castle is under attack, and the only hope of
survival for Zac and the people he loves is to find the great wizard,
Aldric. Men have already died trying. Strange dreams mark the beginning
of Zac’s life changing events. Armed with a magic sword, ring and
crystal, he sets out with a group of soldiers to find Aldric. Demon
attack almost ends Zac’s quest as soon as it begins. Zac refuses to give
up, and soon finds himself accompanied by unusual travelling companions.
Many dangers bar their way. Only Zac’s determination and the unexpected
help he receives can make it possible to find and free Aldric, and
return for the final battle to save the land…
Gertie Gets it Right (eventually)
A children’s humorous fantasy novel
aimed at the eight years of age to young teen market.
Gertie Grimthorpe comes from a long
line of witches. Unfortunately, she hasn’t really got the hang of it.
Being blonde haired, blue eyed and free of warts isn’t much of an
advantage. Try as she might, Gertie’s spells fall flat. She manages to
give her bat-headed umbrella the ability to talk, but then wishes she
hadn’t when all he does is complain and insult people. Even finding an
owl to be her Familiar doesn’t help. Then again, he is extremely
shortsighted… Gertie is sent to The Academy to improve her spell casting
skills. She soon has a best friend in the form of Bertha Bobbit, a big
girl, with a matching appetite. Add to that a Moat Monster with a
flatulence problem, the weirdest array of witch’s Familiars possible,
and a warlock determined to ruin Gertie’s chances of success, and the
story unfolds. Not to mention the demon...
Where you can buy my books
My books can be bought
on all the usual book-selling websites such as Amazon, W.H. Smiths,
Waterstone’s, Barnes & Noble, The Book Depository and Bertrams book