R.A. Gregory (a.k.a. Robin Alexander Gregory or just plain old Rob Gregory) is an author and animal welfare consultant who splits his time predominantly between Northern Thailand and New Zealand, writing books, helping people to help animals and generally trying to live as contrarian a life as is possible. Consequently, he aspires to no particular genre or style, just tries to write stories that he hopes will make people smile a bit and think about how absurd the world really is (and how much better it would be if he were in charge).
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Hmmm, honestly, no. It would probably have been something like 'Peter and Jane go to the Park' or something like that. It could have been 'Dusty', a story about a roundabout horse which came to life and had a short series of misadventures before being adopted by a clown. It must have had an impact on me, because I've still got it on my bookshelf! Seriously though, I read so many great books as a child that it's hard to pick one out as the first that really inspired me. I suppose 'The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' by C.S. Lewis, had a big impact on me, as I went out and bought the entire series with my pocket money over a period of a couple of years. Then there were books like 'The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawn' by Norman Hunter and 'The Book of Three' by Lloyd Alexander, both of which I still adore to this day and which, have probably on some level or another influenced my own writing style over the years.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was called 'The Bunker'. It was my so called 'long-essay' for my school exams. We only had to write a couple of thousand words, but I told my teachers that I was going to write a 'proper book' and set out to create a horror story worthy of Stephen King or James Herbert, both of whom were quite influential to me at that time. Although I didn't quite achieve that lofty goal, I did end up with a pretty compelling horror story, which I'm still quite proud of. I think it came in at around the 7-10,000 word mark (all handwritten) and got me an A+. In fact, I may still publish it one day, you never know.
Urine drinking, claustrophobic dwarfs? Psychotic half-fairies with gimpy wings? Heroes that fall at the final hurdle and a beast called the Rog? What on earth is the fantasy world coming to! Join Drin, the sarcastic and cowardly anti-hero, as he flees his cannibal village and embarks on a quest to find paradise, which culminates in him meeting the evil and quite merciless Dragon Princess instead.
Five years after first encountering Uncle Lucius in Deathville, Johnny Jenkinson finds himself pulled back to the strange netherland inhabited by Eddie and the Deaths, where he must face his greatest challenge yet, stopping the end of the universe! ‘Death and the End’ is the third and final book in the ‘DATS’ Trilogy. As always, the author hopes it will be enjoyed by young and older readers alike
Prepare to be amazed and delighted as Johnny, Eddie and a host of new characters battle once more to save the world, this time from the evil clutches of the mysterious and reclusive Malthus Devryn and his slimy henchman, Sneeds. 'Death and the Atom Bomb' continues the gripping adventures of Johnny Jenkinson and forms part two of the DATS trilogy.
Join schoolboy Johnny and Eddie, the Death of Children, as they journey through Deathville in a desperate race against time to save the world from evil Uncle Lucius. An enchanting short story, suitable for readers of all ages. 'Death and the Schoolboy' is part one of the DATS trilogy.