When he was ten, John Priest loved one school lesson more than any other. English Composition. He found it easy to imagine and write down his stories for others to enjoy. He had a great passion for writing even in those early days. He loved his local Library and would often go after school, reading Doctor Seuss and The Famous Five. From teens to twenties, he read George G. Gilman’s Edge and James Herbert's horror novels
Following a serious injury, John had to give up the house he and his wife had enjoyed. Together with their two young daughters, they moved in with his wife's family. John went to an auction room and bought an ancient typewriter. He paid for a writing correspondence course and began writing children's stories.
Twelve years on, John thought the only way to open a publisher's door would be to throw the old typewriter at it.
The rejection letters became friendlier and John was published by a UK educational publisher. Three other books followed which were sold around the world.
The years following were a mixture of 'proper' jobs. John submitted stories and received rejections. He signed with an agent who convicted of fraud. By that time, many years had disappeared.
His daughters married and have children of their own. John is writing again, enjoying every minute. His greatest critics are his five grandchildren, and he wouldn't have it any other way.
He is currently working on a book about Hospitals. His eldest grandson, just six, has an illness called Polyarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. He visits Hospital almost every week. The book will try to ease children's fears and show what they can expect in a Hospital. It will include handy tips on what to take with you, such as pens, paper, colouring books, iPad etc.
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The Curse of Sea Shell Cave
by John Priest
Things have changed dramatically at the Portsmouth Pelican Hotel. The golden sandy beach is now a repulsive green colour and believed to be toxic. The beach is cordoned off by the council and is now out of bounds, together with Sea Shell Cave. The hotel is deserted and the distraught owner thinks the whole place is cursed. The JPIs are not so easily convinced and start searching for answers.
Jay-Pea-Eyes aka Junior Private Investigators
by John Priest
The Boomerang Mystery is just the right case for the Junior Private Investigators or Jay-Pea-Eyes (J.P.I.’s) to sink their teeth into.
Such a strange and unusual set of circumstances have left the local police baffled.
Can these young detectives solve the mystery before the police?
Will they find out who is behind the mystery or are they just getting themselves further and further into danger?
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Smashwords book reviews by John Priest
- Two Halves
on Jan. 04, 2013
Is a fantasy, the main character being Sarah who is half human, half vampire and William, who she has dreamt of all her life but can't explain why. As the story progresses we are shown how their lives are intertwined.
It's a well written book; the writing skills of the author are clearly demonstrated. When an author can write such a lengthy and detailed story, they should be congratulated.
I am sure that anyone who reads books on urban fantasy, adventure or vampires will enjoy this book.
The book will definitely be enjoyed by the target audience (YA).
Points to consider:
It took a while for me to 'get into' the book; the first chapters introduce a great deal of characters and there is a lot of detailed description without action. Perhaps a few paragraphs of speech could have broken this up a little?
On the whole a great book!