Tell us about your latest book.
Latest book, Return to Finndragon's Den,
was released last year and is the second and final book in the Tales of
Finndragon fantasy series. The story began with The Legend of Finndragon's Curse which revolves around two sisters
and a brother, Emma, Megan and Scott Davies, (based upon my own children) whose
father has mysteriously disappeared. They live in a Welsh valley town called
Crafanc y Ddraig.
For centuries, the inhabitants of Crafanc y Ddraig have been brought up on a local legend involving a wizard called Finndragon and his master, Dafydd the Defiant, who once ruled the Kingdom of Morgannwg. Dafydd had built a magnificent castle on Finndragon’s advice.
The castle withstood all enemy attack, and Dafydd’s reign as king of Morgannwg was a prosperous one – until he fell out with Finndragon. Dafydd banished Finndragon from his kingdom, and the wizard in turn took revenge on his master by making his kingdom and all its inhabitants disappear into the bowels of the earth. It is believed locally that Dafydd’s kingdom still exists intact in the belly of the earth, where Dafydd is eternally plagued by Finndragon’s demons.
Emma, Megan and Scott one day find an ancient scroll, and soon realise that it is a map to the lost kingdom. They also realise that their father has ventured off in pursuit of the lost Kingdom of Morgannwg, and as they gradually unravel the secrets of the ancient scroll, they follow in their father’s footsteps, until they eventually find their way to the lost Kingdom. And now, their true adventures are about to begin.
**Return to Finndragon's Den is on offer 21st-28th April as part of a Kindle Countdown Promotion.
How many books have you written?
So far, I have written just the two books in the Tales of Finndragon Series.
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm currently working on two novels. I've written about 25% of a paranormal murder mystery set in 1965 and 2005 and have just started writing another young adult fantasy.
How much impact does your childhood have on your writing?
A great deal I think. My dad was a great story teller, making up fantastic bedtime stories and my grandmother had a real talent for writing, particularly poetry. From a very early age, I loved writing stories and creating new worlds. When my own kids came along, I enjoyed making stories up about them at bedtime and these developed into my first novels. The Tales of Finndragon series is set in a fictitious town, but based firmly on the mountainside where I spent many happy days as a child.
What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
I'd probably have to say nothing. I was a lazy under-achiever and did just enough to get by.
If you could meet any of your own characters, who would it be?
That's a hard one, I'd like to meet them all for various reasons, but if I had to choose, I guess I'd like to meet Bones. He's the pet dog of Emma, Megan and Scott. If you want to know why I chose him, you'll have to read the books - I don't want to give any spoilers.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Immature and childish, and then I wouldn't actually have grown up at all. Oh wait, I've actually achieved this.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
I'd love to spend a week in the shoes of Caractacus Potts, the eccentric inventor in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. As a child I must have watched this movie every Christmas, and I've watched it many more times since with my own children. He was a fantastic story teller, if not a good inventor, but above all a truly great father.
What do you think about when you are alone in your car?
Lately I've been thinking about the new fantasy adventure I've just started working on. I've been trying to decide if it will be a stand alone book or part of a series. I still don't know, so I'm just going to write and see where it leads.
What song best describes your work ethic?
I guess it would have to be All Night Long by Lionel Ritchie, as most of my writing takes place in the early hours.
Where can we find out more about you and your work?One Thousand Worlds in One Thousand Words blog
Tales of Finndragon Facebook Page
Goodreads Author Page
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