I think 'An Extra-Ordinary Beginning' is a great ebook or paperback. It is a page-turner, fun and full of adventure. I also think it is the best thing I have written in the last thirty years. You may be thinking, 'well he would say that, wouldn't he?' You're right to think this but let me give you some background and try to show you that I am more objective than first seems.
I started writing when I was nine years old and have written plays, short stories, film screen plays, comics, poems and short stories. I have also written one other novel which I can honestly say is a pile of rubbish. However, I want to start at this pile of rubbish; it was called 'The Golden Flea'.
I wrote 'The Golden Flea' while living in Transylvania and I wrote it without any real plan, just an idea. One day I would write a chapter and the next day I would write the following chapter. I would write as the feeling took me and use ideas that came to me as I wrote. I did not give any thought about how they would fit into the whole story as I didn't really know. 'The Golden Flea' is, as I have already written, a pile of rubbish. However, it was a great learning experience. In writing it I practiced how to describe characters and setting. I also learnt that a book needs a plot and most importantly it needs a plan.
I still have 'The Golden Flea' on my computer. I keep it because it reminds me how not to write a book. About a month ago I mentioned this story at a 'Meet the author' session. Afterwards an eleven year old girl asked me if she could read it. For the first time in over 10 years I started to read 'The Golden Flea'. I read the first chapter and was so embarrassed that I could not continue. Despite my feelings I felt I should be open and I emailed this chapter to the girl who had asked. I didn't ask what she thought as I didn't have the guts. However, she did not ask if she could have the rest of it so I think we can safely assume that she probably thought the same as me.
Eric and Ursula has been a very different experience and without 'The Golden Flea' I doubt it would have as good as it is. After the initial idea I sat down and brainstormed a story about Eric and Ursula. When I brainstorm I do just that. I wrote Eric and Ursula in the middle of a piece of paper and then scribbled ideas all around it. The ideas grew and grew. A week later I looked through them, chose the best ones, crossed out the bad ones and started on a plot plan. The initial plan was written on two sides of A4 paper.
Over the next month I expanded this plan and incorporated different story arcs. I also planned the characters and gave them story arcs too. The plans got bigger and longer but my ideas turned into a much tighter plot, the characters became three dimensional and the places they would go to became real. In the end this process gave me a much greater understanding of the book I was going to write.
is the author of the popular 'Adventures of Eric and Ursula' books. The series have been called 'wonderful' and 'fantastic' and are 5 star books on Amazon.