Reading from the opening of Pica – a novel exploring environmental issues, with themes of friendship and family life. Set in the modern world, Pica, is a fantasy about the ancient magical secrets of nature.
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Luke meets a strange boy called Guy, who is bullied at school for being… different. Luke decides to give him a chance and is shown many wondrous things in the natural world. Meanwhile a magpie (Latin name: Pica pica) keeps appearing and is even tapping on his window
I have also done a reading from my novel, Myopia – following Jerry who puts an original plan of action into place when he is bullied at school. It’s a timely tale of how to stand up to racism #BlackLivesMatter
If all that is a bit too serious then my YouTube channel also includes readings of silly poems and stories for kids of all ages. Try this one: The Mad House…
Luke discovers a new identity and realises that only he can stop humanity from destroying our beautiful planet. But what can one teenager do? Is one person able to change the attitudes of billions of people? How will he influence governments and corporations to change their ways? If only he had the ancient magic of Nature at his fingertips. And Gaia is finally awakening…
As Luke continues to develop his skills as Felis, he finds himself hunting, surviving and using feline instincts, as well as fine-tuning his powers over nature, becoming more powerful than he’d ever dreamed.
However, Luke’s parents find him tearing away and struggle to understand how their son is changing so much – not realising the true extent of it. When a new transformation forces him to leave, he flies across the world and learns how to survive, meeting others who share his powers which opens up a new world to Luke, one he must learn to co-exist alongside.
On Tuesday 12th April 2016, Accent Press launched their YA novels at The London Book Fair – including my own YA fantasy, PICA.
The London Book Fair – held at Olympia – is an incredibly overwhelming experience. I wandered around for two hours and didn’t see it all. But I was lucky enough to hear author Peter James talk about research and plotting over at Author HQ.
Accent Press had their own stall showing their fantastic array of titles with beautiful covers.
At 4pm, AccentYA was officially launched with an annoncement, plus drinks and nibbles. It was a great opportunity to meet the Accent team, fellow authors, plus sellers and others in the book trade.
Some were lucky enough to take away a bag of goodies.
We were all well looked after by the incredibly friendly Accent Team, and treated to a delicious meal in Notting Hill. It was an exciting and fascinating day.
Like ‘The Revenant’ my novel, PICA, explores our relationship with the natural world. Luke is challenged to find a way to save our dying planet, and with the help of his enigmatic friend, Guy, he begins to uncover some of the secrets and ancient magic of nature.
Pollution, deforestation, garbage, over-population and our obsession with consumerism are some of the ways we are killing mother earth. Doing the recycling and not using plastic bags is great, but how can we stop the horror on a global scale?
PICA is a novel set in the modern day, that explores ancient magic and our relationship with the natural world.
“One of the most charming fantasy novels I’ve read in years. Real characters you will come to love and hate and a story you can’t stop reading. An engrossing and original story, beautifully told. Wonderful!” Michael Moorcock
“It’s one of those ‘one of a kind, never read that before’ books … it’s a great read and will change your perceptions of the world and make you think twice about what humanity really is.” Confessions of a Book Lover
Luke hates nature, preferring the excitement of computer games to dull walks in the countryside, but his view of the world around him drastically begins to change when enigmatic loner, Guy, shows him some of the secrets that the very planet itself appears to be hiding from modern society.
Hidden behind the everyday screen of school and family life, Luke tumbles into a fascinating world of magic and fantasy, where transformations and shifting identities become second nature.