Benjamin Patterson lives in North Queensland, Australia with his wife and four children. When not writing, working or volunteering he’s battling a life-controlling addiction to sport, an addiction that his poor wife has discovered is easily passed from father to sons.
The Shadow of His Hand is Benjamin’s first novel, a story he started telling more than ten years before its publication. He gave up on the book many times – literally every time he went back and read what he had written so far - but after much encouragement from friends and family he finally got it done... and the reviews are rave!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in sunny North Queensland, Australia. It's hot, it rains a lot and most people are into rugby, camping, fishing, etc. Apparently Australia is a dangerous place. I wouldn't know. I only had three snakes in my school classroom, one crocodile swim down the main road during a flood, and several friends stung by jelly fish.
How does North Queensland influence my writing? It's hard to say. Everyone is pretty laid back and easy going. People like to spin good yarns. Some of them are even true.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Food, screaming children and a need to check overnight sport scores.
For centuries the oft forgotten Unseen God has seemed distant and uncaring, but when the Realm is threatened by the all-conquering armies from Jerika, an ancient oracle is triggered. Now this foretelling is the only hope of salvation and its fulfilment lies in the trembling hands of a reluctant soldier, a princess and an infant marked by prophecy.