With over 200 colour illustrations, The Travellers' Rest, is a humorous and magical tale of a community, in which the many staff and customers of the inn, defend it from the dangers brought them by three despicable and conniving citylings. This tale of fire, flood, poison and a hostile takeover bid, takes place one glorious summer's eve. This first title sets the scene and introduces some of the many characters in The Travellers' Rest series. Set in the Great Elfish Forest, at a time when fairies brew the mead, a wizard walks the woods and tankards make mischief, it sees a small community take on the might of a corporate giant, the Bar Stool Thump Inn and Pub Company.
Head Full of Fairies
I never thought that I would try to make a living from writing and illustrating fairy tales, but it turns out that's just what I'm attempting to do now, having previously worked in theatre, fashion, film, and having had work published in the BBC Book Of The Future thanks to Douglas Adams. It's strange the way life pans out sometimes. I have just had my fiftieth birthday and only a month earlier I published my first novel. The Travellers' Rest (One Troubled Summer's Eve) has been available on Kindle since 28th July and now, a week after my birthday, I've released two further versions in book form - a colour edition and a black and white edition - which makes me optimistic for the future.
At fifteen I was disabled after being attacked at school. I fell into a coma for three weeks and three days when I suffered two brain haemorrhages. This was not how I wanted to make my first media splash! Even though this story was short lived, and thankfully I wasn't, the ramifications of the assault are still with me to this day and felt on a daily basis.
I volunteer at one of the local middle schools where I, along with a member of the full-time staff, run an after school wall painting club. Here pupils delight in painting their designs on the walls of the school and so far it has been a great success. I love it.
I started The Travellers' Rest about twenty years ago. The images that I've used in my book were the starting point and working at the Golden Cross for a spell helped the story to unfold. I like the way that everyone you meet in an inn or pub has a tale to tell.
Even though The Travellers' Rest is a complete novel, the book acts as an introduction to the world and characters that I've created.
Over the years, The Travellers' Rest has grown into a four book story (books two, three and four are first drafts for the most part) with many more ideas in my mind to continue the tale further - time and health permitting.