I am a forty-something journalist with an interest in myths, magic and trains.
Everyone wants to write a children’s book, but why did you?
It sort of occurred by accident. I got the inspiration and went for it!
So, what gave you the inspiration?
Several years ago a girl said to me that “the thing about Harry Potter is that you actually go to Hogwarts.” When I thought about that comment I realised that the she had identified exactly what I had liked about children’s books when I was a child – the idea of going off to somewhere where adventures could happen, a magical space where the ordinary rules don't apply. Like going on holiday.
Eleven year old Roland has been left in charge of his family’s castle. He does not know its many magical secrets but when a dangerous enemy attack he must learn quickly. Luckily he has good friends as well as an elderly and mysterious mentor. The defence of the castle will result in Roland leading his friends on a great quest for reinforcements that will take them to new, mysterious worlds.