What does a retired city bus driver do to entertain himself? Why he writes a children's book of course. When my kids were young they loved bedtime stories. We would all gather on one bed so I could read to them. When we got tired of reading the same old stories over and over again, I started making them up. I loved making the kids laugh or be scared before the hero wins out in the end. Turned out the kids liked my stories just as much as the ones from the books. Since then I have always had the urge to write but life and making a living somehow got in the way. I am free now people, free!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small farming community named Oliver, a town in the Okanagan Valley of beautiful British Columbia, Canada. As a young boy in the early 1950's a lot of my entertainment came from discovering simple things to do in and around the fruit orchard. Together with my best friend Roger, we managed to break things, quite by accident of course, go to dangerous places we were forbidden to go, and at least once got lost in the nearby hills on an adventure to find the other side of the mountain. Many of our past adventures contributed to the writing of "The Amazing Adventures of Sullivan Green."
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I spent many years getting up at 4:30 am in order to start my workday therefore I love being retired and having the freedom to sleep in if I feel like it. I love the relative peace and quiet of mornings and coffee on the balcony with my wife. That usually starts my day off in the right direction.
A twelve-year-old frog and his two boyhood pals go on an amazing adventure when they discover the way to the underground world of the Mole People. Unfortunately, it is also near the home of the evil Prince Hugh Derdy the rat who regularly brings his soldiers to take slaves. The boys want to return home but after a frightening night raid they are afraid that they may never see home again.