It was indeed in my uncle’s spare room that I first read The Lord of The Rings and the Hobbit and to this day they remain my favourite books. If life is full of stress, I only have to read the opening chapters of either and I am swept off to a different world. Other favourite authors are Bernard Cornwell and his historical fiction books and Terry Pratchett and his brilliant discworld novels. Both of these author’s books have for 20+ years have been mandatory reading for me. There have been a host of other great books of course: Raymond Feist and David Eddings fantasy series, George Macdonald Frazer’s well researched and enthralling Flashman books, Wilbur Smith’s Egyptian saga and Steven Saylor’s Roman Mysteries being high points also. Lately I have enjoyed discovering the works of Helen Hollick and I am currently reading her Harold the King Novel which is excellent.
There are two other people I must include in this post and these are the people with whom I have most shared the books I am reading. My father, John, like me is a keen historical fiction fan whilst my wife, Jane enjoys science fiction and fantasy. Together we have devoured the same books, discussed the plots and looked forward together to the sequels.
It is these people above all others who have inspired my love of reading and in turn nurtured and encouraged me as a writer. Indeed, this blog is part of a book tour which celebrates the release of a new edition, in paperback, of my teen time travel novel Tomorrow’s Guardian.
In Tomorrow’s Guardian, schoolboy Tom Oakley discovers he can travel through time. This might sound like an exciting talent but he soon finds that the world is full of individuals who want to use his abilities to their own aims – some for profit, some to protect the world and others to bend history to their will. Tom’s families are obliterated and he must now make the impossible choice: save them or save the world. Tomorrow’s Guardian : Time Travel sounds like fun until you try it.