Born in Birmingham UK in 1962, I almost immediately developed into a hyperactive demon. My mother taught me to read when I was about four; I assume to try and distract me from drawing on the walls. She placed a bookcase outside my bedroom door and I was instructed to read when I awoke before dawn. By the time I was eight I’d enjoyed all the children’s classics from Janet and John to Robinson Crusoe. My mother had made the connection between food colouring and hyperactivity by then, but my voracious appetite for books would never be subdued. By twelve I’d graduated to Lewis, Tolkein and Orwell, amongst many others and my imagination swelled under master tutelage.
But my absolute beloved was Mr.Carrol’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, chiefly because my mind was almost as hyperactive as I slept and my dreams were a consistent source of wonderment.
My favourite lessons at school were English and Art, but I appeared to be relatively academic - I understood science - so my love of animals tipped me toward a career as a vet; it never actually occurred to me that I could write books or paint. Neither were proper jobs anyway.
My brother died when I was fourteen, he eighteen.
My veterinary aspirations vanished. I pursued Neil’s dream to become an actor. I won a scholarship to drama school and studied at the Birmingham Old Rep, then moved to London, did the audition rounds and worked with some great people in TV, Film and West End Theatre.
But I soon discovered that an actress at nearly six feet tall is no role winner when most male actors stand barely over five, so I abandoned any ideas of super-stardom and moved laterally into corporate and commercial video production. I won some blue chip clients and got the bug for writing.
I first drafted The Toy Sorcerer back in 1996, but my career path once again took a sideways move and the book was shelved.
I spent ten years restoring and eco-updating a number of Heritage buildings. The last one very nearly killed me, so I went to college to study CAD and 3D modelling/animation in order to professionally draft construction schematics. This opened up a new avenue of 3D art and design and I’ve worked on some fabulous assignments in a variety of fields. See www.isodesign.uk.com
Most recently I have begun designing and making art and architectural glass.
Maybe art and authorship are proper jobs after all.
Incidentally; I was married and divorced twice, but they really were only minor incidents. I chose not to have any children.
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The Final Prophecy
The Final Prophecy is upon us. Plunged into a technological dark age as the Gremon’s spawn consumes all the fossil fuel, humankind faces the wrath of nature with earthquakes and tsunami following massive land and seabed collapses. In response, Alice and her seraph, Malacor, free billions of tortured human minds from the grip of the demon’s nightmare realms and prepares them for the final battle.
The Toy Sorcerer
Trapped as a mortal in a dimension where human dreams become reality, Alice Towers endures a journey of unmerciful persecution and excruciating self-discovery. Guided by an extraordinary realm creature named Shammerwack, she must find Magog; a boy imprisoned for over three centuries who holds the key to her release.
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- The Wolves of Lambs Bane
on Aug. 02, 2013
Twelve year old Hazel Shepherd, her older brother Jed and younger sister, Molly, are reluctant parishioners of Lambs Bane; a tiny hamlet way out in the Welsh countryside whose claim to fame – and infamy - is the wolf sanctuary within Lambs Bane woods.
Hazel yearns for the bright lights and buzzing teenage camaraderie of Newtown, though she and her fellow ‘Lambers’ fall way short of acceptance from the Townies at Newtown school.
Her estranged parents harbour secrets about their tempestuous relationship; secrets that revolve around the sinister Lambs Bane traditions Hazel and her siblings are forced to endure by their mother and brutish Uncle Bleddwyn.
For three days each month the women and children of Lambs Bane are locked in the church within the boundaries of the wolf sanctuary, whilst their men – and a few women, including Hazel’s mother – go on the ‘hunt’.
Enough plot giveaway! Albeit written for a young adult readership, I think this book will be enjoyed by all ages. I thoroughly lapped up the first in the Lambs Bane series and found myself turning pages with eager anticipation. The story is told, for the most part, by Hazel; a bright, insightful young girl with a tough, defiant side to her nature. Her masterfully drawn character draws you along her tumultuous journey to discover the truth about her mother’s irrational obsession with the hunt and the secrets hidden within the fences surrounding Lambs Bane wood.
This is a beautifully crafted tale with solid, visual characters that you can love and hate. Masterfully paced, with moments that we can all identify with in some way, the reveal unfolds with tantalising expectation.
My only tiny disappointment was that I would have liked to ‘hear’ more from Hazel’s woodland admirer, from a more simply ‘lupine’ point of view. She is perhaps a little too mysterious and silent throughout, given her crucial involvement at the end of the story.
But, having said this, I look forward to finding out how the relationship develops in the next book.
All in all, a superb read!