I have a confession, I love plants but I'm not a scientist. I'm not even a very good gardener. I approach plants as someone who is fascinated by seeds, trees, nature and words.
I have had the idea for a children's fantasy series, The Kingdom Of Plants (TKOP), for about a decade and my original idea has taken many gnarled and twisted paths to end up in its final version.
The first book is close to publication—I'm aiming for mid-2017. While it is being edited I'm happily writing, reading, sharing and editing Book Two.
Life Outside TKOP
When I'm not writing I read, watch and listen to stories.
Apart from books I love animation, concept art, films and comics. Stories that tell us about ourselves, in all our unusual and diverse ways, are of particular interest to me.
When I write I listen to film scores; John Williams, Hans Zimmer and Michael Giacchino are favourites.
Other Bits And Pieces
- I've worked as a seed collector and a librarian (often at the same time).
- I used to own a comic business (If you're wondering, I loved Bone, Y The Last Man & Strangers In Paradise) and championed the inclusion of comics and graphic novels in schools and libraries.
- I am an unofficial member of the International Order Of Librarians (a thinly veiled Rex Libris reference).
- Jim Henson
- Gerald Durrell
- Jane Goodall
- Tove Jansson
- Walt Disney
- Star Wars Universe
- My Little Pony (Lauren Faust version)
- Role Playing Games
- Comics (esp. from the mid-1980's to mid-1990's) E.g. The 'Nam, D.P.7., Star Wars, Star Trek TNG, New Mutants.
- Angie Lewin
- Charley Harper
- Mary Blair
- John Williams (Composer)
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