Introducing the authors who will be at the Tenby Book Fair, http://bit.ly/27XORTh, the first event of the Tenby Arts Festival http://bit.ly/24eOVtl . I’m looking forward to having many more such chats over the next couple of months.
So far I’ve
interrogated interviewed Rebecca Bryn: http://bit.ly/1XYWbtF, Thorne Moore: http://bit.ly/1P6zDQh , Matt Johnson: http://bit.ly/1RUqJFg , Christoph Fischer: http://bit.ly/1svniAr , Sally Spedding: http://bit.ly/1VNRQci, Wendy Steele http://bit.ly/1PMoF8i , Kathy MIles: http://bit.ly/1twN3Bg and Carol Lovekin: http://bit.ly/1Y2z6HT. And thanks to Thorne Moore for interviewing me: http://bit.ly/1VTvqGq Over the next few weeks I’ll be introducing the rest of the authors and I’ll also be showcasing the publishers who will be in attendance. There may also be a short chat with John and Fiona of http://showboat.tv/ who, as usual, will be filming the event.
Today I’m chatting to Colin R Parsons, Children’s author and an all round nice chap Colin is the organiser of the Rhondda Book Fair, to be held on Saturday 3rd September, this year.
Hi Colin, and welcome.
I’m glad to be here, Judith.
Let’s start with a question that always intrigues me; what started you on your writing journey?
I used to write short stories (and still do). I got my youngest son’s English primary school teacher to proof read and edit them. She called my wife and I into a parent/teacher meeting one day. She told us that Ryan (my youngest) was falling behind with his English grades. He wasn’t reading enough (he played rugby and video games like most boys). She said, you write brilliant stories, and I edit them. Why don’t you write him a book? I did; Wizards’ Kingdom.
In 2015 Ryan got a 1st in Advertising and Brand Design.
Which writers inspired you?
There are many. I write sci-fi and fantasy so, C S Lewis, Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, Derek Landy, Kenneth Oppel. Many more.
What books have you written?
Wizards’ Kingdom book 1.
The Obelisk of Ashmar book 2.
Jarrak’s Darkness book 3.
The Curious World of Shelley Vendor book 1.
The Curious World of Katie Hinge book 2.
IU-137 (ebook only).
Crank Tech One: Destruction
House of Darke
Welsh Celebrity Ghost Stories (anthology)
Death Trap (coming 2016)
Ghosted (coming 2016)
DISC Direct Interface Shadow Control (coming 2017)
What are you working on now?
I’m writing two adult novel’s – Villains, a Sherlock Holmes type novel, set in 2050 and The Reluctant Killer about a jealous stalker. But saying that I’ve at least three other projects in the background.
How are you publishing?
I’m a ‘Hybrid’ as I would call it. I’ve self published and I’m published traditionally too. I have an agent looking to sell translation rights to the Wizards’ Kingdom series. The three books I’ve coming soon, two are traditional and one I’m self publishing.
Have you a favourite phrase?
Luck is: preparation waiting for an opportunity.
What do you hate writing about?
Fight scenes, god I hate doing those. Choreographing a fight scene is the least favourite part of writing for me. Too complicated but, as a science fiction and fantasy author, it essential.
Where do you want to go from here?
I’m a full-time author, meaning I work doing paid school visits (presentations and workshops). As an writer I’m always looking for a big publisher to come my way with a big advance. I would love to have a movie made of one of my books.
Find Colin and his Books here:
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Love the story of how Colin’s writing career started.
I know, Mary. brilliant isn’t it!! jx
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Judith Barrow continues her series of interviews with authors attending the Tenby Book Fair and today her guest is children’s author Colin R. Parsons. Head over and check it out…
Many thanks, Sally, much appreciated. Jx
Looking forward to seeing you at the Book Fair 🙂
Yes, a fascinating opener from Colin. Reminds me of how Michael Murpurgo started, to entertain his class when he was a teacher…. Will definitely be buying some of his books for our granddaughter!
Hi Sally, thanks for dropping by. I’m sure Colin will be thrilled.Jx
Splendid interview. Love that teacher. What a splendid suggestion she made and the rest is history. A jam-packed shelf already of fascinating books. 🙂
Hi Tess, Teachers can make or break one’s confidence.Jx
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I.n.d.e.e.d. I have loved some of mine. ❤
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Thank you ❤
It will be a fabulous event. Thanks, Judith!
Thank you, Olga. Would have loved to see you there… perhaps next time…Jx