What does a retired city bus driver do to entertain himself? Why, he writes a young peoples book of course. When my kids were young they loved hearing a story at bedtime. We would all gather on one bed so I could read one of several books they had on hand to them. When everyone got tired of hearing the same old stories over and over again, I was urged to make one up. I discovered that I was not too bad at it besides I was having a lot of fun listening to the kids laugh or be scared before the hero always won out in the end. As the kids grew up and no longer thought bedtime stories were particularly cool, my creative juices went dormant. But guess what people? The kids are long gone to raise their own kids. I no longer have to think about work. I am now fully retired. I'm free! Let the creative juices flow. I hope you and your children enjoy my first effort at writing a book. "The Amazing Adventures of Sullivan Green."
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small farming community named Oliver, a town in the Okanagan Valley of beautiful British Columbia, Canada. As a young boy in the early 1950's a lot of my entertainment came from discovering simple things to do in and around the fruit orchard. Together with my best friend Roger, we managed to break things, quite by accident of course, go to dangerous places we were forbidden to go, and at least once got lost in the nearby hills on an adventure to find the other side of the mountain. Many of our past adventures contributed to the writing of "The Amazing Adventures of Sullivan Green."
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I spent many years getting up at 4:30 am in order to start my workday therefore I love being retired and having the freedom to sleep in if I feel like it. I love the relative peace and quiet of mornings and coffee on the balcony with my wife. That usually starts my day off in the right direction.
A twelve-year-old frog and his two boyhood pals go on an amazing adventure when they discover the way to the underground world of the Mole People. Unfortunately, it is also near the home of the evil Prince Hugh Derdy the rat who regularly brings his soldiers to take slaves. The boys want to return home but after a frightening night raid they are afraid that they may never see home again.