W.J. McKain

Biography

Closet writer gone bold!
I've always been a reader and thought that one day I'd give the writing a go myself. The arrival of a family seemed to prompt that and a few years ago I started writing regularly, but just for myself.
When I completed the fourth book I thought that it would be a good idea to 'man up' and let others know what I was up to otherwise i might end up a frustrated typist with a warped sense of humour and no audience apart from the cat.
I live in the South of England with wifey, my two boys and two cats...and I mustn't forget the fish, 'Bob'.
I run, cycle, swim, was a martial artist for my formative and character building years and that took me to Japan where training reached a hiatus and I was never the same when I returned home.
Work is tedious, life is too short, so I try to find beauty and inspiration in the most simple of things. Leaves, the sea, nature, tree hugging and cycling...it's all on our doorstep and it's fantastic but I think modern society takes too much for granted...it's not just about Xbox and Sky...
Read a book, escape for a while and be inspired.
By the way...my profile picture...well it can't have been a good day, that's all I can say...

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I did most of my growing up in a place called Hove, near Brighton, on the South Coast of England. It's where I live now though, about 45 minutes West of Hove, that has influenced my writing. The first book I wrote is set in the local village and is probably more 'me' than anything else I've written.
That book is due out soon and has many personal influences that I'm probably more hesitant of putting it out there than with the others. It's just being 'polished' at the moment but it will soon be on Smashwords.
My boys certainly influenced Morris Hollett, and my working life is reflected in "Plum in Peril" - both reflect some of the crazy characters that we all meet in life.
So I would say that it's been the last 10 years that have been the forming of me putting words in print and putting the finishing touches to a bit of wild imagination.
When did you first start writing?
Probably about 12 years ago as I started to play around with short stories. I've always been an avid reader and felt it was a direction that I'd like to go so it started as a personal hobby really.
I did keep writing and completing stories but didn't bother to take it any further as they were for me. The books I'd written were very much personal challenges and I didn't contemplate them going any further until I got the first Morris Hollett story crtiqued professionally but even after that I hummed and hahhed about what to do next.
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Books

Morris Hollett and the Spellbinder's Mumbles
Series: The Unusual Adventures of Morris Hollett, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,710. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Dreebil’s back but this time he’s worse than ever as he’s found the Spellbinder’s Mumbles! Chaos resumes at St Vernon’s Ward for Strange & Unusual Diseases while the evil doctor vents his fury and Morris and Vern go on a most important mission to find the real Spellbinder. Can Morris and his friends again stop Dreebil from casting his evilness or is this the end for the Wizzers?
Morris Hollett and the Curse of the Giggledream Room
Series: The Unusual Adventures of Morris Hollett, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,450. Language: British English. Published: March 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Everyone’s talking gibberish and mumbo jumbo! The Giggledream Room has been cursed and someone is creating nightmares! Can Morris and his friends thwart The Evil Doctor Dreebil’s plans, halt the endless queue of gibbering patients being sent to St Vernon’s, and stop the hospital from being closed? Or is this really the end for St Vernon’s Ward for Strange and Unusual Diseases?
Plum in Peril
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,530. Language: British English. Published: March 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
Harry Plum's life is just one long downtrodden slog, until two hapless crooks drop off the payment for a counterfeit money deal in his front garden in an act of desperation to avoid the police. A motley crew of crooks, the police, and his family are soon on the trail to the cash which leads to one man, and they all want to be first to get it back.
Morris Hollett and St Vernon’s Ward for Strange & Unusual Diseases
Series: The Unusual Adventures of Morris Hollett, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 24,540. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
After being sent to St. Vernon’s Hospital – the Strange & Unusual Diseases Ward – Morris Hollett's world quickly becomes full of magical adventure and mystery. He makes some very unusual friends and is introduced to the extraordinary world of the Wizzers. But, can Morris save them all, and himself, from the The Evil Doctor Dreebil or will the unthinkable happen?

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