My writing journey began many years ago when I was a young boy in school. I read books by people like Roald Dahl and was fascinated by the stories and the characters they created. I loved stories and soon realised I didn’t want to just read great stories, I had the desire… no, I had the desperate urge to create my own stories. At the age of 8, I knew what I wanted to do – I wanted to write.
I didn’t tell many people about my passion, mainly because I was 8 and at that age, all my friends wanted to play games and watch movies, both of which I loved.
My earliest memory of writing was in middle school. I remember it very clearly as it was something that got me so excited that I felt as if the world around me stopped spinning to let me off. I sat in space and thought of a story to write. English quickly became my favourite subject and I used writing as an escape – and still do.
When my English teacher gave the class a task of thinking of a story and writing it, I conjured up a character, Alex. I thought about his age, his height, his hair, his hobbies, his likes and dislikes. I brought him to life in my mind and wrote about him. I enjoyed writing the story of Alex and his adventure more than anything else I had ever done. But unfortunately, as life progressed, I stopped writing about Alex, and he remained locked away in my mind for over thirty years. Last year, I decided I wanted to write a book my children could read and be proud of. My other books were geared for adults and although my children knew I was an author, they were never allowed to read them.
I searched through my mind and found the compartment I had stored Alex in. He hadn’t changed a bit – he was still clever, funny and had the same ambition of doing something extraordinary. So I chose not to change him in the slightest and began writing my first children’s book, Alex The Extraordinary.
This is a book that started in 1989 and finished in 2019. I am certain that no other book has ever taken this long to write! The best thing about writing Alex The Extraordinary was that it took me back to a time – a time that had passed but was never forgotten and I loved every second of it. And I hope you will to when you read it.
The story is of Alex, a young boy who has an ambition of being an inventor but soon realises that there are many obstacles he must overcome to achieve this – including the kids from Parker Hobbs Private School for Snobs!
I wanted the story to be more than just something that makes children laugh and entertain them, I wanted it to be something they could relate to. The story is not just about aspirations and dreams but about friendship, trust and honour.
Here is a sample of the book, check it out and let me know what you think.