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I was born in the United Kingdom; my parents were wardens for the Youth Hostels Association on a smallholding in Surrey. My formative years were spent in the City of Bath in Somerset, where I spent many evenings at the roller-skating rink watching pop-groups such as ‘the Small Faces’, ‘the Yardbirds’, ‘the Trogs’ and many more. Those were the sixties, the days of the Mods and Rockers, where the Rockers did nasty things with motorcycle chains to the scooter-riding Mods; one Mod needed fifty stitches around his head. These were my elders!?
I dragged myself through college in Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, and emerged as a computer programmer. Living in a one-up-one-down bedsit on a modest budget, I would spend the weekends walking the town, window shopping. The highlight of the year was the biannual fair where I became very friendly with the roustabouts. I spent most of my evenings at the Paratrooper, a canted wheel with hanging chairs and parachute covers that looked like umbrellas. After a few days, I was inside the fence surrounding the ride; it was very flattering as I was a bit skinny for a roustabout; I guess I looked okay, dressed in jeans and a T-shirt. Two girls were trying to get my attention; one had jet-black hair to the middle of her back; she was as shy as I am. It was a couple of days before I put my hands around her waist and thought ‘I am not letting this one get away’. She is still my wife.
After twelve years in permanent employment, I entered the world of the contractor. Most contracts were away from home in bed and breakfast; my first was in Antwerp in Belgium. I had a lot of spare time available. My first attempt at creative writing was for all the wrong reasons. I was alone and writing to preserve my sanity. A writer needs the desire to write about a subject they believe in. I was writing about whatever came into my head. It was emotional rubbish, but it achieved its objective; sanity was preserved.
I enjoy reading: - romantic adventures written by Ryder Haggard (She, King Solomon’s Mines, and ‘Alan Quatermain’), - Black Magic stories of Dennis Wheatley (‘The devil rides out’, ‘The Satanist’, and ‘They Used Dark Forces’), - the sex change stories of Ursula K Le Guin (loved the concept of Kemmer in ‘The Left Hand of Darkness’), and Robert A Heinlein (‘Stranger in a strange land’, ‘Time enough for love’, ‘I will fear no evil’), - Tolkien (the lord of the rings), J K Rowling (Harry Potter), Charlaine Harris (The Sookie-Stackhouse mysteries), and E L James (50 Shades of Grey).
What if real magic exists today? How would it behave and what would be its limitations? How would it affect magic-users and their subjects?
My first book “Merlin Parnassus” recounts the life of Merlin, who was blessed by Gaia; he was given long life and promised he would master Real Magic. He was the wizard at King Arthur’s court.
My trilogy “Samantha’s Journey” postulates that magic spells were defined like computer programs.
I look at what I believe to be the philosophy of life. Reincarnation is a subject that fascinates me. I am a lapsed Christian. I was educated by both Roman Catholic and Church of England faiths. I do believe in God; however, I do not believe in all that is written in the Bible. There is too much vanity written in the laws. It is difficult to distinguish between priests and politicians.
Your host tells you he is a magician who uses ‘real magic’ in his stage illusions. Would you volunteer to be his assistant?
Peter Rendell. 13-May-2020.