Mutterings and utterings of a budding novelist

Archive for November, 2011

Island of Ice and the Snowmites

Ok time for a shameful self plug!

This is the book that kick-started my progression into Merlin Corp.  Having done a few pieces of artwork for the writer I was offered to illustrate a range of books for young children starting with this one Island of Ice and the Snowmites.

Having already been illustrated in the 80’s and 90’s I had quite a large body of artwork to go off. The problem being that the work was very old fashioned. I did my best to inject a bit more colour and life into the book starting with the picture below of the character Zandeer floating through the air.

The book was a great learning curve into how publishing worked. The paperback version, sold by a company in America is more expensive and inferior to the glossy, heavy and beautiful hardback version we created ourselves. It also served a lesson as to how shipping, distribution and marketing were to be handled.

For more information and reviews, the book can be seen at Amazon here.

Fallen Tears – Prologue 3

The third part of my monthly novel is now free to download.

Either from the link at the top at the top of the page or here.

Thank you for reading. 🙂

One Bank, One Shop, One Pub

Standing in an eerie crypt, surrounded by vast, ornate catacombs I peer at what appears to be a larger than life-size bronze angel draping a huge Hungarian flag over the beautifully carved tomb of what I assume to be a bishop or priest. I guess he must have been a man of some importance; there’s his death mask in a glass case, and a photo of the previous pope in the adjoining room.
There’s a bit of information next to the tomb but it’s all in Hungarian.
I call over my mate Krisztian. ‘Hey can you translate this for me pal?’
He wanders over and peers at the text before replying in his usual thick accent. ‘Ah it just history and shit.’

Before I met Wendy I had no desire of ever going to Hungary, but then again my knowledge of the country was also extremely vague. I can now say that it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to, and the Hungarian people are rightfully proud of their homeland. Not to mention being proud of their heritage, their food, and their drink.

The people we met were friendly and welcoming, especially in Krisztian’s home town of Csatka – a village of around 250-300 people miles from anywhere. Thankfully they sorted out their priorities and made sure they had a drinking establishment, where we spent several nights.

I won’t mumble and bumble on about all the stunning places we went, as I know it can make for tedious reading, suffice to say Hungary, (and its capital Budapest) is a memorable place and I look forward to visiting again next year.

Next time I’ll make sure I go equipped knowing more Hungarian words than just ‘thank-you’, ‘beer’, ‘and ‘no palinka’.



Well done to my good friends Danny Boswell and Will Eades for creating the animated intro for the videos for British Basketball website Hoopsfix. Both ultra talented designers who certainly have amazing careers ahead of them.

You can check out the Hoopsfix Youtube Channel here.

DB Design can also be seen here.

Fallen Tears – Prologue 2

The second part of my monthly novel is now free to download.

Either from the link at the top at the top of the page or here.


Thank you for reading 🙂