Finally, 25 years after I started writing it, I am published my début novel 'First Years - Piranhas in the Bedroom'. It started in a time long before Google, Sky TV, iphones and X-Factor . Now it ends up being an E-book as well.
For the last six years I have been writing weekly humorous blogs based on SharePoint, but I really always wanted to be, in the words of the Beatles, a 'Paperback Writer'.
So finally I released my first fictional romantic comedy, 'First Years - Piranhas in the Bedroom'. Hopefully the first of a series of nostalgic books about an unfortunate young man called Jonathan Stadler, a Villa fan like me.
Now Jonathan Stadler is going back to 1981 for the ultimate Aston Villa experience in 'Just 14'. My second book released July 2015.
The books hope to appeal to the sense of humour of the male reader in his 40's. At some point in our lives we have all found ourselves in the kind of situations that Jon does. My influences have been two terrific authors in Mike Gayle and Nick Hornby.
Now to continue with my mid-life crisis by releasing a series of children books ... Is the world ready for 'King Derek and the Wonder Wizards'?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do and I have still got it. I was nine and wrote Mr Mischief. It still makes me laugh when I read it now. Maybe one day I will publish it.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
There are authors I like a lot like Mike Gayle and Nick Hornsby, but usually I see the paperback first and then look for the ebook.
King Derek, the King of Dudley, has a lovely castle, but on his birthday, he just wishes it was the highest in the land. Surely King Derek isn't thinking of calling the Wonder Wizards again? Didn't he learn his lesson last time? Oh no, here comes the Red Wizard.
King Derek, the King of Dudley, has a lovely wife, Queen Queenie, but he just wishes she didn't sing so badly. Nobody has ever heard anything quite like the singing Queen Queenie.
Surely King Derek isn't thinking of calling Wonder Wizards again? Didn't he learn his lesson last time? Oh no, here comes the Green Wizard. There's trouble ahead for King Derek.
Set in a time when cassette players were cool, contact with home was a red phonebox, but alcohol, lingerie and high jinx were still the order of the day, First Years: Piranhas in the Bedroom is written with a great British dry wit. Its nostalgia for all things 80s as well as its “will-they-won’t-they” romantic comedy gives it a really broad appeal: The Young Ones meets High Fidelity.
King Derek, the King of Dudley, is one of the most loved Kings in all the land. Then King Derek sees an advert in 'The Royal Gazette' that reads, “Wonder Wizards make all things Wonderful”.
Wonder Wizards come in many different colours. But be careful what you wish for King Derek, because it is Wonder Wizard policy never to reverse spells. Oh, King Derek what have you done?