Saturday, 2 November 2013
November sees Theresa Cutts and myself launch our independent publishing company Fabulous Books - FBS for short. We will be retaining Nordic, the name under which I publish my Anne Droyd novels, but it will now be an imprint of FBS.
We created Fabulous Books because we have come across one or two talented writers while pursuing our own journey, and we think they deserve a break. One such author is Nicky Gregory, who in 2010 published her children's book (age 10+) Georgie Jones - and You Thought Your Family Was Weird! with Hirst Books. After several reprints and around 1000 copies sold, the book was halted in its tracks because Hirst Books went out of business.
We are proud to be the ones to bring Georgie Jones back to life and relaunch Nicky Gregory.
The book will be published on November 22. To pre-order a signed copy and be in with a chance to name a character in the sequel, please visit the FBS website.
Thursday, 24 October 2013
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
The Classic TV Series of "The Incredible Hulk" Resonates With Those Battling Asperger's and Bi-Polar
People with Asperger syndrome can identify with certain fictional characters whose life trials appear to reflect their own. I suspect I'm not the only one who found that the plight of Dr David Banner in the classic TV series of The Incredible Hulk resonated deeply. Writer Kenneth Johnson went to great lengths to distance the series from Stan Lee's original comic book style (the alliterative name Bruce Banner was changed to David; the Hulk creature couldn't speak; Banner was chased by a tabloid reporter rather than the army and helped others in need as he pursued a cure). Anyone with a personality disorder or a condition like Asperger's or bi-polar would see themselves in him. Personally, I drew great comfort from the show.
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
In my early twenties I was drawn to the lyrics of Gary Numan because they were part dystopian future, science fiction and part a reflection of his awkwardness around people. Years later I discovered that his wife's brother had been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, and by learning the diagnostic criteria, she now felt that Gary himself was on the spectrum. Now I identify myself as being on the spectrum also. It's come full circle.
Sunday, 9 June 2013
|The Cheetahs with Will, Beck Row Primary School.|
On Friday 7th of June, I had a lovely time talking to classes Jaguars, Lions and Cheetahs at Beck Row Primary at Bury St Edmonds in Suffolk.
I showed them how being a writer means more than just composing essays and writing short stories for their school teacher. Writing can open doors that otherwise remain firmly shut - like acquiring a Blue Peter badge, for example. The teachers were more envious of my badge than were their pupils.
When asked about my boyhood favourite authors, I cited the late John Christopher, author of The Tripods Trilogy and The Guardians, and Clive King, who wrote Stig of the Dump A pupil got very excited about the latter, and told me she was currently listening to the audiobook at bedtime. She was so thrilled that I loved Stig, at the end of my presentation she gave me a piece about the book that she'd written while I had been speaking to the class!
The students in Jaguars had read the first chapter of Anne Droyd and the House of Shadows together the previous day. They sat in rapt silence as I read to them the second chapter.
I regaled the class named Cheetahs with the adventures of Mia and Mackey, the books I am currently working on, and showed them photographs of the real life cats. They were touched by the story of Mia and the mysterious red eyes.
To Lions, I talked about how a book is produced. Each class was impressed with the blazer that was specially made to be modelled for the front cover of The Blueprint.
An enjoyable time was had by all, myself included.
Labels: Anne Droyd, Author Visit, Beck Row Primary School, John Christopher, School, Stig of the Dump, The Blueprint, The Feeling's Unmutual, Will Hadcroft, Writing
Thursday, 23 May 2013
In April 2003, I learned about Asperger syndrome, and all the pieces of my life puzzle fell into place. Where did I learn about it? Doctor Who Magazine, of all places! In this video, I discuss how that realisation led to a major course change.
Saturday, 11 May 2013
To mark World Autism Awareness Month 2013, Jessica Kingsley Publishers invited readers of their range to put questions to authors. Writers approached include internationally renowned expert Dr Tony Attwood.
As my autobiography The Feeling's Unmutual was published by JKP and has been acclaimed by professionals in the autism/Asperger/psychology worlds and by readers alike, I was invited to record a video interview. Typically, my answers were personalised and indepth, and so the piece had to be edited into two halves.
The first part was featured in the latest JKP newsletter and blog. Part two will be available from the end of May.
Thursday, 11 April 2013
Available to order from Amazon and bookshops (and soon to be added to Kindle).
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"Gezz, Luke and Malcolm are enjoying a trip up Winter Hill on the West Pennine moors when they are joined by a fourth person, a boy wearing old-fashioned clothes and a grey flat cap. But, when Luke introduces himself, the boy fades into nothing!
Is he a ghost?
Soon, the wilderness is full of apparitions, and all the clues point to the television transmitter at the hill’s summit.
Where are the spectres coming from? Why are they appearing? And what are their intentions?
As the ghosts start to haunt the children’s housing estate, Gezz, Luke and Malcolm take their robot friend Anne Droyd up Winter Hill, hoping her superhuman powers will help them solve the mystery.
Saturday, 6 April 2013
In the run up to the release of Anne Droyd and the Ghosts of Winter Hill, here is an interview I did considering how the characters have developed and the way I use real life settings as the backdrop to my stories.
The book is officially published on Thursday 11 April 2013. If you pre-order using the Paypal system on this site, you will receive a signed copy of the book as well as a copy of the artwork signed by Owen Claxton, and a number of other freebies.
Pre order Anne Droyd and the Ghosts of Winter Hill.
Sunday, 24 March 2013
Above from left to right: Guests Richard and Alison Warden, presenter Sian Williams and myself.
In the foreground presenter Richard Coles and author Mark Haddon.
Photo copyright Theresa Cutts
On Saturday 23 March, I was the guest of Sian Williams and Richard Coles on the BBC Radio Four programme Saturday Live.
The main guest was author Mark Haddon, author of the international bestseller The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime. He has had his book transformed into a stunning new stage play at London's West End.
Alison and Richard Warden were also guests. They told the heart warming story of how they met when they were children, married as adults, ran highly successful businesses, grew apart, divorced, married other people, before finally finding one another again in later life and falling in love and marrying one another a second time.
The character Christopher in Mark Haddon's Curious Incident is similar to a textbook case of a youngster grappling with Asperger's syndrome, and in one edition of the book was publicised as such. Saturday Live had invited me on to represent a real life person who has the condition, so I imagined that I would follow him, be interviewed for about ten minutes, and then be booted off. But, in the end, I remained for the whole 90 minutes and was allowed to contribute to the rest of the show.
Sian and Richard were lovely, and told me that they'd had a tremendous response via email and text, but because we'd all got so engrossed in our discussion on the programme, there was no time to read any of them out or take a phone call or two.
Before I arrived at Broadcasting House, I thought I would find Mr Haddon in particular intimidating, but he turned out to be completely charming, even saying that he intended to read John Christopher's Tripods trilogy, buy the BBC TV series adaptation on DVD, and download Leonard Cohen's First We Take Manhattan because of my enthusiasm for them!
This time round, I thank producer Debbie Sheringham for inviting me on, and my PR Theresa Cutts for representing me.
The entire programme is available on the BBC's Listen Again service. Please click on this link and then click on Listen Now:
Sunday, 17 March 2013
"Change the blueprint and you change the world."
I'd always wanted to write a teen novel set in a nightmare parody of school life that also passed comment on the whole world system, its origins, what's wrong with it, and how it needs to be changed before humanity cascades into the impending avalanche of self-destruction.
I was keen, too, to do something like the allegorical 1960s TV series The Prisoner.
The concept for The Blueprint was devised by me in 1996, but I didn't publish it as a novel until February 2012.
In the above video, I discuss with Theresa Cutts the themes of the novel and the impact it has had on some of its readers.
Thursday, 28 February 2013
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
In my previous video, I spoke about how Asperger's syndrome causes phobia and panic which leads to dark depression when I'm put in a situation where I must socialise.
This time I talk about the paradox - what happens when someone hands me a microphone! Most people dread having to talk or perform to audiences. The bigger the audience, the more ill they get. But, for me, it's the other way around. Watch this little film to find out why...
Thursday, 31 January 2013
Social phobia is an unpleasant aspect of Asperger's syndrome. It can escalate into anxiety, and in turn induce dark mental states and severe depression. In this video I discuss my ongoing struggle.
Videos to come will look at such aspects as Obsessive Behaviour and Misreading Social Cues and Body Language.