Having gained his mathematics degree at 20, Alan McCluskey turned to teaching English as a foreign language, which he did for some 15 years. He attended fine arts school studying cinema and video, and went on to make art videos and direct a number of short TV programmes. More recently he has had several photo exhibitions.
He enjoyed the challenge of organising wide scale networks. He coordinated a worldwide network of Internet domain name companies and ran a European network of high-level educational experts. In a quite different sphere, he created "The Hundred Venues" with friends: a network of screening venues for electronic arts across Europe.
As CEO of a short-lived Internet start up, he drafted business plans and tried to convince investors to hand over millions. It was one of those rare moments he wore a suit and tie in an attempt to appear different from the geeks who went about the office barefoot.
Most of Alan McCluskey's time is now given over to writing fantasy novels. He has completed seven books, two of which, The Reaches and The Keeper's Daughter, have been published by Secret Paths Editions.
Prior to writing novels, he wrote articles for magazines about art and the impact of technology on society, as well as many scientific reports and studies. Despite their seriousness, he sought occasions to adopt what he called the Martian perspective, questioning the self-evident. An approach that didn't always make life easy.
He has brought that questioning perspective, along with a passion for images and what they can reveal, to novel writing, together with a long-standing fascination for the dream world and the magic of fantasy.
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In Search of Lost Girls
The bell tolls as the girls shuffle by with no one to ward off abuse. In another world, a girl sings like an angel. Thanks heavens the mourners don’t knew she’s a boy in disguise. They’d be indignant. It’s time. The author picks up his pen with trembling fingers. Tearing Kate and Peter apart has him dribbling in anticipation. He ought to know better. Things rarely turn out as an author expects.
Boy & Girl
When Peter awakes in a girl’s head, he is delighted and alarmed, but his secret yearnings have not become reality. The girl is from another world. Both are driven from their homes, her by invading priests, him by a conflict. To make matters worse, a new girl at school vows to kill him. The stage is set for a desperate struggle, but will ingenuity and fervour win out against folly and fanaticism?
The Keeper's Daughter
It wasn’t Brent’s fault he was stuck in the form of Jake the Owl, at least he didn’t think it was as he sat on a branch preening despondently. The threads of his stories had become inextricably muddled in his owlish head. To think that he’d once prided himself on being a storyteller. His stories had become adventures and some had become nightmares, and now he was stuck with them.
In the quiet town of Avan with its port, its provincial university and its conservative seafaring folk neither Brent nor Sally nor Keira were accustomed to the extraordinary. Yet a voyage from the real world to the realm of dreams and on to a world called the Reaches would force them to develop abilities they could have never imagined.
The Reaches is the first book of the Storyteller's Quest.
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