I am an award winning author, cartoonist and web developer who loves stories. I live in the UK with my wife, our dog and two cats.
I've written short-stories and non-fiction for magazines for some years. My first full novel: Sugar the Robot and the Race to save the Earth was written following a story-telling time with my family. We love stories and during one story-time I made up a tale of a toy robot who came to life and escaped from his owner's bedroom. That turned into the full story that is now the book.
That was followed up with book two in the series: Do not feed the Troll! which won the Gold Medal Award in the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards in 2015.
As well as buying them here you can download my books for free under Creative Commons licensing. You can find out more about my books, short stories and other stuff at my website: http://www.crimperbooks.co.uk
When did you first start writing?
I've been telling and writing stories for as long as I can remember. When I was younger I was fascinated by comics and comic books and I started by creating my own along with the stories to go with them. Stories are an important part of life in our family - we're all fairly avid readers and sometimes will have story times where we make up stories and bounce ideas off each other. My books have mostly come from extending the stories I made up during those times.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's about a boy who finds the old toy robot he got from his Grandad is a lot more than he bargained for. When he gets the robot it hardly works but - being obsessed with robots - he repairs it with interesting results. Somewhere along the line he and his best friend get involved with an alien invasion and trying to explain to his mum how her favourite knickers got ruined!
The Roboteers started as a club for two school friends, Tim & Priya, who liked anything to do with robots. When Tim’s toy robot, Sugar, came to life and escaped, the Roboteers became involved in an adventure to save the planet. Through the first and subsequent stories the Roboteers grew and became a detective agency with a secret weapon – a toy robot called Sugar. Each book is a new story and whilst they do take place after each other, each story is independent and can be read without reading earlier ones.
It’s not every day that a trip to the zoo can lead to you ending up on the other side of the Galaxy!
This short story is the tale of a boy who is whisked away from a family zoo trip and arrives in the court of a gorilla king. He has no idea how he is going to get home and it looks like his host is expecting him to win a battle upon which hangs the balance of his new home!
Winner of The Wishing Shelf Awards 2015 (6-8 yr olds category)
When Martin’s family moved house his Dad told him things would be better: he’d have more space to make his models, his sister would have her own bookshelves so she wouldn’t use his ones and Dad would be doing all his beer brewing in the garden. Nobody said anything about a troll under the lawn!
Imagine you are ten years old and love robots. You manage to fix the old toy robot your Grandad gave you only to find it is a lot more than just a robot. Tim and his friend Priya find themselves in a race to stop an alien invasion, save humanity and somehow explain to his Mum what this has to do with her favourite knickers. Packed with excitement, laughs and action with illustrations by the author