Become a Source Detective…?

…There seems to be a new button on my website…oooooh!

If like me you like buttons and are always tempted to push/click/whack them (whether or not you’re meant to) then the latest addition to my site is just for you…lots of things to click on!

I wanted to create a club for all my readers to encourage them to write their own historical stories as well as provide information about the books and characters.

This club is called the Source Detectives and is launching….today!

Look! There’s even a logo and everything!

But the book isn’t published?! No it’s not…but I figure there may be children (or adults) out there hungering for my books so much that they want to receive a fancy email from me prior to launch!

As an added bonus, once the book is published, you will have access to a behind-the-scenes look at all the background information and research I did, where you can find pages that look like this:

Ooooooh sneak peeks – something else I like!

So go on…I dare you!

The countdown begins…

These last few months have been a whirlwind of personal events/issues/things which have significantly taken away from writing time! Well no more!

This morning I have set my goal…

A sneak peek at my very busy month!

In one month,

From the Cave Wall: A Stone Age Story

will be available to buy from all good book-selling websites beginning with A, which offer a ‘prime’ service and are owned by Jeff Bezos!

I am also committing myself to updating my lovely readers/followers/random page clickers on what is going on in my writing life, to ensure that I meet this lofty target. So expect a heavy load of slightly panicky blog posts which will feed my procrastination in place of me actually working on what I need to!

Ah the writer’s life!

Frustrations and progress

So I had managed to write about 50% of the 1st of three books yesterday – and today have decided to scrap the lot!

Still, this has given me a good concept of what it is I need to do to accomplish my goals. Not least start with the longer book first and then work backwards to simplify it. This has then lead to my researching the historical background and coming across some very interesting articles about the lack of children in archaeology and anthropology.

This was why I wanted to do this…leave behind the day to day baggage of the classroom and instead fall in love with history, research and writing again.

So not a bad day overall and tomorrow I can continue with the research and begin to put together the first part of the book.

I will be blogging about the content soon. I am very passionate about this project and hope you will be too – particularly if you are a teacher…!

It all starts with a wall…

I have always loved stories. From a very small age, telling stories has felt very natural and right to me. Whether playing with toys alone or outside with friends, ideas, imagination and inspiration have always been there.
Stories are what make childhood exciting, as well as, from early on, building our picture and understanding of the world. Without stories we cannot hope to dream of new and better things.
I have a story to tell and as I sit here on a Saturday morning, it will not let me sleep before I have begun to tell it.
It is a story which will span centuries, millennia even. Taking us from the time of giant beasts that roamed the plains, while pockets of humans fought to survive (NOT dinosaurs!). To the might of the British Empire, storming across the seas and taking all without looking to the consequences.
History is the greatest story of all and through a series of books, I am going to tell it; not through the eyes of adults but the dreaming, determined eyes of some very strong children.
This is the story of us…
It all starts with a wall.