Rudi James [pen name] was born in the UK and currently lives in Ayrshire, having moved from Portugal. An extensive background in Avionics gives Rudi a unique insight into how things work, or how they might work; hence Sci Fi could in some way become Sci Fact. Always a story teller he has now turned his attention to the pen, or rather the keyboard, having finally given up travelling the world. [Latterly West Africa, as part of a team rebuilding helicopters].
The debut title, Alex and the Realm People, has the first chapter of the sequel [Alex and the Seventh Realm] included.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Warwick, England, not far from Stratford Upon Avon [yes, Shakespeare country] but did most of my growing up in Nottingham, until I joined the RAF [boy entrant] at the age of 16. As a kid I always seemed to be the one to encourage my friends to sit round a camp fire at night and tell short stories; especially ghost stories. With dark clouds rolling in, the hooting of distant owls and the wind whistling through the trees we generated an atmosphere that scared the pants off us more than once. Those early days of story telling no doubt influence the way I write now. Although I am into science fiction at the moment, I may well try my hand at a ghost story in the future. I guess the real influence began after I joined the RAF and started to travel around the world. I developed 'itchy feet' and thirsted for more and more adventure. This stayed with me after I left the service and I continued to travel. During the course of my life I have been to so many places and met so many different people and cultures that it is probably reflected in the books I write now. Anyone who reads them will probably note the diversity of characters and places. I hadn't thought about it before, but my travels may have had a subconscious impact on my writing although, of course, my stories are pure fantasy and the characters and places don't actually exist.
When did you first start writing?
As a school kid I used to read the various comics that were in circulation at the time and one of them had a story about a robot. I completely re-wrote the first part of the serial, in my own words, from memory. I suppose that must have been a practice run; I began scribbling my own tales from then on. I wish I'd kept them because, looking back, they may have had the basis for a short story book.
The Fantastic Adventures of Alex Shrine [Series description].
Alex Shrine comes into contact with beings from another dimension and discovers that he has a gene inherited from a distant ancestor.
Only a handful of beings in the entire cosmos have a similar gene which enables them to have contact with mysterious forces.
A thinking universe is manipulating events to protect itself from destruction and enlists those with the gene, including Alex, who is developing incredible abilities, to engage in battle with a race of malevolent sorcerers, called Sorcrons.
Alex joins his new found friends and embarks on a series of dangerous adventures that take him across time and space and into parallel dimensions and bizarre alternate realities.
Alex receives a vivid message in a dream, from one of the strange entities called Pathways, to travel once more to the dimension of his new found friends, The Realm People.
On his arrival his great friend, Drum, tells Alex that they have been asked to assist a Samurai like warrior race, in the 4th. dimension, in the on going battle with malevolent Sorcerers called Sorcrons.
Long ago in a time dimension, parallel to our own, a battle had raged between two factions that practised the techniques of advanced magic; Warlocks and Sorcerers.
Centuries later cosmic forces focus their attention on young Alex Shrine, because of a rare gene inherited from a distant ancestor; hoping to recruit him to the ranks of those who would oppose the destruction of the cosmos.
A stranger, calling himself Hogarth, claims to come from another dimension and persuades a teenager, Alex, to accompany him to a parallel world.
A bizarre dust like powder transports them to the stranger's home and Alex embarks on a mind blowing adventure.
He discovers his new friends are realm and time travellers and assists them in a battle against an evil renegade.
How To Draw Fantasy Characters
on Oct. 15, 2012
I found this title to be excellent for complete beginners [like myself] who are just starting to experiment with the rudiments of character drawing. The easy step by step instructions to building a fully fledged fantasy character are extremely helpful.
The only drawback [pun intended] is that when one gets into the nuts and bolts, so to speak, the author tends to focus predominantly on the female form. This does not detract in any way to the methods used in building up a good character drawing.
In my opinion a leaning to a more 50/50 feminine/masculine approach would make things even more useful.
I happily give the book 4 stars.