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Martin Rothery (AKA Damon Rathe) started creative writing in September 2008 after enrolling on a creative writing course at the local college wanting to develop his writing style and ideas and has never looked back since.
By June 2009 he had joined the Holmfirth Writers' Group and March 2010 he became the treasurer.
After having had a few poems published, an article in a cat magazine and self published his first charity book Nonagenarians in remembrance of his grandparents and their writing, everything had been leading up to the first defining moment - the release of COWS!, his first novel.
Since then, in 2012 he's started his own independent publishing company, Fishcake Publications (www.fishcakepublications.com), released and co-authored another book of short stories, Souls of Darkness, under the pen name of Damon Rathe, published the prequel to Cows! titled Sheep and has just released his first full novel under the guise of Damon Rathe called Human Rights: Undead Set on Living.
Preferring to write children's stories and horror/fantasy/sci-fi he likes to release the former under his own name and the latter under his writing pseudonym. Damon Rathe is the dark side of Martin Rothery that sometimes wishes to be let out.
Martin is also an illustrator and cover designer and has done the covers for COWS!, Sheep, County Tales, Murgatroyd's Christmas Club, Human Rights and A Fistful of Marigolds as well as some of the internal images for Souls of Darkness. This allows him to do all the work in house at Fishcake Publications.
He often does workshops for children in the local community (if this of interest, please get in touch) and Huddersfield Libraries and has recently been involved with the Pageturners Festival in Huddersfield and will be involved in some way at the Holmfirth Arts Festival in 2014. He also loves going on residential writing weekends like the ones run by the National Association of Writers Groups and can usually be found at the Wentworth Castle, Barnsley retreat every year.
In the future, as well as continuing to write, Martin is excited to be working with a host of debut novelists as an editor and bringing new authors into the spotlight as a publisher very soon.
vicky Deal Sharing Aunt
on Sep. 12, 2013 :
This was a funny read and it was really funny to read a book from the animal's point of view. I was laughing when I read about what the animals thought about the cloned sheep. I also laughed when they talked about eating grass and clovers. This is a great story! I am giving this book a 5/5.
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(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 11, 2013 :
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Wow. Now I don’t feel so bad for loving to eat beef. This book cracked me up. Now, out of all the animals you could have chosen to attempt to take over the world, cows would be my last choice. I usually see cows just hanging around, eating and not doing much. So when I read the blurb, I was a little skeptical. I didn’t think the author could pull it off. I was happily wrong.
The book was well written and the story was cleverly executed. The characters were interesting and lifelike, the descriptions were vivid and detailed, and the story was a fun tale that my kids loved. I had to stop reading at times so we could quit laughing.
All in all, this was a fun read that I greatly enjoyed. I would definitely recommend this book to others, especially for kids. The only warning I have is that this book may make you want to avoid drinking milk.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 08, 2013 :
This is an imagination takes on a whole new level. Even I still can’t imagine how cows can do such things like that! In this book, Martin pays attention in every details that you will feel as if you were in the middle of the war yourself. You could feel how the village becomes so mysteriously silent as Jimmy went out that morning. You could see the bird forming the word BEWARE at the back of your mind, like it were very real.
Check out my full review at http://cutecoconut.com/2013/08/cows-by-martin-d-rothery/
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 24, 2013 :
As I write this I am sitting in my basement, in silence, lights off, and every part of me is covered by a blanket. At this very moment, a passerby would think the house is completely empty as the only light that exists is that emitting from my laptop and that too is securely under my blanket. Why? That's simple... it is possible that there are COWS! within a one mile radius of my home. Well... it is highly unlikely, I mean, I haven't seen any in the surrounding area BUT anything is possible and I would rather be safe than sorry.
Let me explain...
Please check out our FULL review by visiting us at Griffin's Honey, http://www.griffinshoney.com/book-review-cows-by-martin-d-rothery/
(reviewed within a month of purchase)