Way back in middle school I recall a class in which our teacher played us 'Mars, the Bringer of War' by Gustav Holst. She then instructed her pupils to draw a scene inspired by the famous piece of music. I must have recently seen the '7th Voyage of Sinbad' because I remember drawing several giant Cyclops, climbing a mountain in order to eat some poor cowering soul.
Although my enjoyment of school swiftly dissipated in the years that followed my love of monsters persists to this day and greatly influences my work.
I currently live in England, in the county of Essex where I work as a forklift driver. Numerous warehouses and warehouse workers also feature in my books. Take it from me, warehouses rarely quicken the pulse, but when describing fantastic beasts and events I believe it's best to ground tall tales firmly within the mundane. Fragments of drab reality can help muster belief in far out fiction.
I've been writing since I was a child, I'm now in my early forties. I've entered numerous short story competitions over the years, including the Bridport Prize. I've submitted manuscripts to publishers also but unfortunately I have remained unpublished. These facts, although disappointing have not dampened my enthusiasm for conjuring my own worlds and characters from the page.
Put simply I don't merely adore writing, for me it's a compulsion.
Now having discovered the joys of Kindle I finally have the opportunity to invade your mind, if you will permit me. I promise to take you on many peculiar journeys, hopefully I'll make you laugh a bit on the way.
Other writers I admire include Sir Terry Pratchett who has a real gift for comedy and modern day insight. Wilbur Smith's adventure epics are legendary and beautifully crafted. The entertainment value of Chris Ryan's thrillers cannot be doubted. The ex SAS soldier's tales are gripping, authentic and very accessible.
Regarding my own material I more than welcome feedback, positive or negative, it all helps. During the coming months I hope to publish more humorous weirdness on Kindle, and I can't wait to see what you think of it.
Many thanks for showing an interest in my books.
by Michael Veal
Published: April 18, 2016
Dominic Rook is looking after his parents’ house when a skeleton bursts from the ground. The intruder chases the young man indoors and accuses his parents of murder. And so begins a frightening adventure, above and below ground.
A Trip Downstairs
by Michael Veal
Everyone dies... but what happens next? Notorious hack Mark Thorne is about to find out. When a tabloid journalist expires there’s only one way to go, down. Join Mark on an amazing adventure, a journey to the darkest depths.
With any luck, you might make it out again.