Maxwell Grantly

Biography

Maxwell Grantly is the nom de plume of a schoolteacher, living in a small seaside town on the east coast of Great Britain. Although he has written many short stories, he does not think of himself as an author. Maxwell is, first and foremost, merely a mathematics teacher. He simply writes just because he enjoys doing so and for no other reason.

Being a schoolteacher, Maxwell Grantly enjoys reading children’s literature as part of his work as well as for recreation. However, as a writer, he does not always write books that could be described as typically suitable for the younger reader: his work is incredibly varied in both syntax and style. Maxwell produces short stories that he enjoys writing and that he enjoys reading. Sometimes he uses vocabulary and imagery that is more suited to adults. At other times, he writes directly for a younger audience. This means that some of his books may only be suitable for accomplished young readers (or for adults who might like a break from their regular reading agenda) while others may be suitable for younger readers who are still developing their literacy skills.

By not targeting his work to one particular audience and by not being a professional author, it does mean that Maxwell has an incredible freedom to branch out and simply write recreationally for his own artistic satisfaction. If you enjoy reading his stories then he is pleased that you were able to briefly enter his fantasy world too, if only for a brief ten or fifteen minutes.

Smashwords Interview

What is the title of your latest work? What is its release date, or is it out already?
My latest ebook is called “Fingers and the Dream Thief.” It was released just a few days ago, on the 5th of April and it formed the last part of a trilogy involving a character called Fingers: a young shoe-shiner who picked the pockets of his wealthy clients. I know that authors are not meant to have favourites from their own work. When I speak with other authors about which of their books they prefer, they often reply that they like them all. (I guess this may be due to a reluctance to admit that, if one book is stronger, then there must be others that are not so strong.) However, if you ask me, “Fingers and the Dream Thief” is a firm favourite of mine and so, sadly yes, consequently it can be deduced that some of my other books must therefore be weaker.
In 25 words or less, what is this book about? [Note: this isn’t really 25 words, but if you had to pitch your book in a couple of sentences, what would you choose to say about it?]
A wealthy steampunk photographer, Mr. Snude, finances the local orphanage but abuses his generosity, by stealing the children’s dreams. It is left to a street urchin, called Fingers, to turn the tables on Mr. Snude and teach him a lesson he will never forget.
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Where to find Maxwell Grantly online


Videos

Fingers and the Dream Thief
Have you ever met a dream thief? Edward Croydon (also known as “Fingers”) was abandoned by his uncaring parents and left on the streets of New Babbage. Fate forced him to work in order to survive, shining shoes and picking the pockets of rich passers-by.

Jack and the Space Pirates
Jack lives and works on EM-05, a steampunk space station found on a major trade route between Earth and Mars. He spends his days tarring the insides of frigates and galleons, as they stop for repairs and supplies, on their way to the distant planets of the Solar System. There are very few other children that work on EM-05 and so it can get very lonely for Jack. However, he does have one close friend, an abandoned cat named Jet, and the two of them are inseparable.

Sprocket and the Sparrow
Sprocket (Robot Thirty Seven) loves his work and he takes great pride in packing tin cans neatly into wooden crates. One day Sprocket catches a fleeting glance of a sparrow, perching outside on the factory windowsill, and he becomes entranced by the natural beauty of the tiny creature. He tries to share his newfound excitement of the sparrow discovery with his fellow robotic co-workers, but to no avail.

Leif's Quest
When Leif finally proposes partnership to Tia, he knows that he must approach the village elders for their consent to the union. As is dictated by elven law, their permission always involves the completion of a “Gallant and Noble Quest” and so Leif decides to show the extent of his love by embarking on the most dangerous quest imaginable: the crossing of the Great Rift.

Books

Bandit - The Short-Sighted Cat Burglar
Price: Free! Words: 3,320. Language: British English. Published: October 13, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Cats, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Pets
(5.00)
Everyone in the town of Myopia was short-sighted and so it was no surprise that, when the time came, Sophie should fail her eye test too. Therefore Sophie's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Goggles bought their daughter a small kitten, as a present, in order to console her.
Gobbles - The Hungry Cat
Price: Free! Words: 2,120. Language: British English. Published: October 7, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Cats, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(5.00)
When Jack is given a baby kitten, his mother gives him just one rule, “Do not overfeed the cat.”
The Fingers Trilogy
Price: Free! Words: 170. Language: British English. Published: May 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
This beautiful trilogy features three incredible stories from the life and times of a Victorian shoeshine boy, Edward Croydon. (Also known as Fingers the Pickpocket.) These exciting steampunk stories by Maxwell Grantly have many beautiful illustrations that will enchant and captivate readers of all ages.
Fingers and the Pocket Watch Too
Price: Free! Words: 60. Language: British English. Published: May 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
This exciting steampunk story, about Fingers the Pickpocket, by Maxwell Grantly has been adapted from a previous comic format into an illustrated story, which has many beautiful illustrations to enchant and captivate you.
Professor Nibbler's Most Amazing Mouse Circus
Price: Free! Language: English. Published: November 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Other, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » General
Find out how two homeless siblings, Jacob and Molly, got to see their very first ever mouse circus. Of course, as is common with stories by Maxwell Grantly, things never go according to plan.
Alfred and the Broken Flute
Price: Free! Language: British English. Published: August 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Other, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
A homeless busking street urchin becomes kidnapped by two thugs, who break his wooden flute. Discover how Alfred managed to regain his freedom, by the most unexpected way!
Hold Your Horses
Price: Free! Words: 2,450. Language: British English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Siblings, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
(5.00)
Two small elves are treated to a gift, a pair of hobby horses, at the annual village fete. When they discover that the donkey derby has been cancelled, chaos results.
Dear Diary
Price: Free! Words: 2,840. Language: British English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Siblings, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
In this ebook, the reader is introduced to some of the background of two young elves, in the form of a humorous diary. This book forms part of a series telling the childhood adventures of Maxwell and Skippy.
The Vampire Cats
Price: Free! Words: 4,760. Language: British English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Siblings, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
A pair of elves raise two small falcons from abandoned eggs. Later these falcons rescue a wishing tree from a forest fire and the resultant wish leads to the most magical adventure involving vampire cats.
Lunar Dream
Price: Free! Words: 1,440. Language: British English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
One night, two small elves share a mutual dream that involves a journey to the moon, accompanied by their pet kittens. A bizarre and fantastical adventure results, as they sleep.
Conker Bonkers
Price: Free! Words: 3,780. Language: British English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Siblings, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Two young elves discover the springtime secret of the Horse Chestnut tree. They use this information to locate every conker tree in the village with very exciting results.
Shiver m'Timbers
Price: Free! Words: 2,960. Language: British English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Two small elves hide their ears beneath wide-brimmed pirate hats, as they travel to the seaside for a day out. The resulting confusion leads to a most unexpected conclusion.
The Sugar Monster
Price: Free! Words: 2,090. Language: British English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Two small elves are asked to visit the village store for a bag of sugar. On their journey, the younger elf is told about the existence of a dreadful sugar monster that reigns in the village.
Runs Like Clockwork
Price: Free! Words: 24,300. Language: British English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Robots
An elderly clockmaker constructs an automation, using the remains of a stuffed toy and some miscellaneous clock components. However, it becomes stolen and must learn to make sense of its new clockwork life.
The Stolen Egg
Price: Free! Language: British English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A spiv is deceived into stealing an egg from the ruins of a nearby castle. Before he is able to pass on the egg, it hatches into a tiny dragon that escapes to cause mayhem.
The Early Days
Price: Free! Words: 2,320. Language: British English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Family / Alternative Family, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A pair of hedgehogs are rescued from death on a busy road but tragedy results, leaving the hedgehogs to care for a pair of baby elves. The elves find themselves in the care of a local church and seek to find a loving family.
The Ghostman
Price: Free! Words: 9,110. Language: British English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(5.00)
A local magician becomes known as the Ghostman as he explores the town’s history and he discovers a ghoulish past. Each of his adventures results in the discovery of a tragic tale and a petrifying ghost story.
The Incredible Adventure of Fingers and Boston
Price: Free! Language: British English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Other, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
A steampunk street urchin discovers a stray dog with a weirdly shaped tag hanging from its collar. As he tries to discover the meaning of the dog tag, a thrilling adventure results.
Timothy's Big Adventure
Price: Free! Language: British English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Timothy was George’s pet tortoise and playmate. Discover Timothy’s big adventure when he fell into a black hole behind a bag of potatoes.
Teddy's Many Hats
Price: Free! Words: 10. Language: British English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Teddy had a huge collection of hats. However, Teddy had a dilemma: which hat should he wear when he told his boy how much he is loved.
Sprocket and the Sparrow
Price: Free! Words: 20. Language: British English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Nature & the Natural World / Environment, Fiction » Children’s books » Robots
A robot spies a sparrow at the window of a busy factory. He seeks to learn more about this beautiful bird and discovers an awful secret about the woodland next door.
Leif's Quest
Price: Free! Language: British English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / Other
A young elf must complete a gallant and noble quest in order to partner his childhood sweetheart. Adventures ensue when he decides that he should cross the Great Rift, from Fantasia, and enter the world of people.
Jack and the Space Pirates
Price: Free! Language: British English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Pirates, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
(2.00)
Jack (and his pet cat, Jet) become accidentally hijacked by space pirates. Jack has to devise a plan that will lead to his freedom and the release of a gold-carrying galleon.
Gobbler and the Mirror
Price: Free! Language: British English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Other
Gobbler lived on the streets of New Babbage, stealing food to survive. His life changed dramatically when he accidentally discovered the secret of a new glass invention.
Fingers and the Pocket Watch
Price: Free! Language: British English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Other
A street urchin steals a pocket watch from a steampunk inventor. On discovering that it is a portable time machine, he tries to use it to make sense of his tragic past.
Fingers and the Dream Thief
Price: Free! Language: British English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Other, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
A wealthy photographer finances the local orphanage but abuses his generosity, by stealing the children’s dreams. It is left to a street urchin to turn the tables and teach him a lesson that he will never forget.
Count on Teddy
Price: Free! Language: British English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Sadly, Teddy cannot count and so Edward tries to teach him the first five numbers. However, Edward finds himself learning an important lesson instead.
Albert's Wiggly Tooth
Price: Free! Language: British English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Historical fiction, Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Other
Albert never believed in the tooth fairy so he wondered what happened to his teeth, after being placed under his pillow. Chaos reigned the following Sunday in church!
A Clean Sweep
Price: Free! Language: British English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Other, Fiction » Historical » General
Isaac (a sweep) lived an awful life but he found comfort in a secret letter, telling him that all would end well. His life changed dramatically after stealing a cigar box.
The Christmas Penny
Price: Free! Words: 2,450. Language: British English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Other, Fiction » Historical » Victorian
Two hungry street urchins discover a shining penny, laying in the snow one Christmas. How do they spend this resulting treasure?
The Boy With the Clockwork Heart
Price: Free! Words: 4,900. Language: British English. Published: July 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Historical » Victorian
Edward once worked in a cotton mill, until he slipped and fell into the machinery. This story tells the tale of how he received a clockwork heart and how he met the Shadow three times.

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Maxwell Grantly's favorite authors on Smashwords

Angela Hope
Latest book: Two Sides. Published January 14, 2017. (5.00 from 4 reviews)