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I have been writing since I was about 8 years old. The evidence is a small booklet found in my mother’s box of treasures, written in a very childish hand, entitled The Little Stream. I've been creating articles and event reports for newsletters and magazines ever since, often with a slightly fictional theme, but early attempts at novels failed for want of suitable inspiration: characters and plot were sadly missing! I had a career in business and in environmental research that kept me gainfully employed but chained to a desk for many years. But I kept writing: manuals, reports, science papers, blogs, journals, anything and everything that kept the words flowing. Finally the characters jumped into my head with stories that needed to be told.
I now live in a village in Norfolk with my guinea pigs, the first of whom, Fred, George, Victor and Hugo, provided the inspiration for my first stories, The Princelings of the East. I'm now writing science fiction for grown-ups as well as completing the Princelings series and writing more stories for the BookElves.
on July 09, 2017 :
An interesting story, but far from being my favourite of the series. I love the characters - especially knowing they're based on real guinea pigs - and have enjoyed the books in the series so far, but just didn't feel this one was as good. I'm not sure why. Perhaps Victor's confusion was rubbing off on me? I felt like he spent an awful lot of time questioning what point he was at in the personal timeline of certain characters, and unsure what to say or do, and it sometimes made it difficult for me to be completely clear on things myself.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)