I hail from the UK arm of Endever, in Greenwich, London — famous for Greenwich Mean Time, the Greenwich Meridian, and the Millennium Dome (O2 Arena).
By day I work in a college with 16-18 year-old deaf students, supporting them in classrooms through British Sign Language; by night I take care of my wife and three young girls; and somewhere in-between all of this I manage to find the time to write.
I’m an ardent fan of Young Adult and children’s fiction: my favourite authors include Ursula LeGuin, Terry Pratchett, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Philip Pullman (to name a very few). I have been writing stories for as long as I can remember, and have self-published in the past, but Endever is my first professional publisher.
I’m looking forward to exploring the world of the Shannen Academy, and getting to know
my characters and their stories better with every book. Here is a peek at what’s to come:
Alice is alone.
Her sister is gone, her parents are at each other’s throats, and the girls at school have decided to make her life hell. Her only solace is in the Shannen Academy, where she can escape to a world of black holes, quantum theory, and impossible questions. But soon Alice discovers that something lies hidden deep beneath the Academy; something connected to Alice’s past: a secret that will change her past, present and future, forever.
Thoughts on Endever
To me, Endever represents a new paradigm in the world of publishing. Along with ebooks, micro-fiction and the rise in self-publishing, Endever is a part of a new system of creating and distributing stories, in which the relationship between authors and their publisher is more dynamic, more creative, and more supportive.
What excites me the most is a concept of publishing that reflects the development process seen in movie studios and television networks, whereby the ideas must pass muster before work can begin on forming the final product. This does away with the old model of publishing, in which lonely authors might slave for months or even years on polishing and honing a product which may well never see the light of day.
Instead, Endever presents a vision of a future in which quality stories with dynamic characters and thrilling plots will be filtered and sieved, doing away with anything unnecessary and revealing the gold at the heart of the author’s initial vision.
I love the community aspect of Endever, with authors contacting each other, sharing ideas and motivational thoughts, encouraging each other, challenging each other, and driving each other to be better at what we love. After being with Endever for even a short time, I already feel part of a family.
If you have any questions about me, my writing, my characters, or anything else, please get in touch however you prefer: Facebook, Twitter or email. I’m always happy to hear from people who enjoy reading and writing as much as I do.