The two girls and Lulu the cat stared at the playhouse which was half-hidden among the birch and hazelnut trees,
“It looks old and shabby. I’m a bit scared”, said Francesca Spaghetti.
“Well I think we should go in”, said Poppy Noodle with a nod of her chin. “It could be a perfect hideout. The door is so small that big kids or grown ups won’t be able to follow us inside”
“But maybe there are spiders in there...or bats!” said Francesca Spaghetti. “What do we do if there are bats in there?”
“Whose afraid of a silly old bat?” answered Poppy Noodle, “I’m not.”
Hello World, as the famous Word Press phrase puts it.
Welcome to my bright, shiny, new blog. It feels like owning your first car, you don't really know where to go but you want to just get in and drive.
The excerpt above introduces my characters Francesca Spaghetti and Poppy Noodle. You can read about them and their adventures in my first book in a new series of stories, 'Big Beard the Pirate: A Magic Meadow Tale (The Adventures of Francesca Spaghetti and Poppy Noodle - Book 1)', which are available from Amazon and other stores. Amazon link
In this blog I'll keep you updated about my future book publishing timeline and will tell you about special offers and events. However, I should introduce myself properly, so let me tell you a little bit about myself.
I am a man. I'm married with a wonderful wife and some wonderful kids who have been directly responsible for making the art of authorship a new direction of mine. I'll explain that more fully in a future blog post. Here, though, are some of the things I'm interested in.
- Good writing: in whatever genre, whether for kids or adults I like books that are well written, funny, clever in terms of structure and use of words - and which contain a good story.
- I'm interested in children's development especially language and literacy and I firmly believe that, by and large, kids are capable of much more than is conventionally taught especially when their imaginations are fully engaged.
- I am intrigued by the process of writing, which for me has been a very interesting experience. Having never had the 'drive' to write until now, and never believing myself capable of writing a book, it has been illuminating as well as fun to go through the systematic hallucination that is the creative process.
I am also interested to know what effect my words will have on the reader. It's already been fascinating to see how my wonderfully talented illustrator (who I will present properly in a future post) has interpreted the principal characters and the scenes. It's now hard for me to remember how I originally envisaged them, or Big Beard or Peg Leg Pete, so firmly has her vision entered my mind. And, as my two heroines take their first steps into the public arena I hope they will receive a kind welcome.
I'd love to hear from you on these topics or others, in the meantime I'd like to invite you to join my Readers Group or Fan Club to make sure that you get the first updates about this first book launch and the special promotion.