Monday, 14 November 2016
Meet the participants of the LLandeilo XMas Book Fair : Colin R Parsons
Colin R Parsons is a fiction author from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales. He didn't come from a family of academics, but two hard working parents. He loved writing from a young age, and began fulfilling his reading needs at Tonypandy library (where he's still a member today). He loves writing for children and young adults in the genres of: fantasy, sci-fi, steam punk and the supernatural.
He has published many books including his best selling series Wizards' Kingdom, also The Curious World of Shelley Vendor books and his Crank Tech One series.
In 2013 he became a full-time author and now visits fifty or so schools a year, doing presentations and workshops. His book House of Darke - a fantasy and steam punk novel has been really popular amongst his readers.
His passion for literature, and the idea of a book fair in the Rhondda Valley, was so strong that he decided to run his own. The Rhondda Book Fair 2016 took place in September.
Colin has three more books in the latter stages of production: Death Trap (DramaScape 2016) DISC Direct Interface Shadow Control (Pegasus 2017) and an adult short story “Shady Close” featuring in the Dark Gathering – Tales of Horror & Mystery Anthology, due out on Halloween.
His love of writing has never diminished and he’s always got numerous projects on the go – short stories as well as novels.
If you want to check out his work go to: www.colinrparsons.com
HERE IS AN INTERVIEW WITH COLIN ON JUDITH BARROW'S BLOG - held before the Tenby Book Fair
Today I’m chatting to Colin R Parsons, Children’s author and an all round nice chap Colin is the organiser of the Rhondda Book Fair, to be held on Saturday 3rd September, this year.
Hi Colin, and welcome.
I’m glad to be here, Judith.
Let’s start with a question that always intrigues me; what started you on your writing journey?
I used to write short stories (and still do). I got my youngest son’s English primary school teacher to proof read and edit them. She called my wife and I into a parent/teacher meeting one day. She told us that Ryan (my youngest) was falling behind with his English grades. He wasn’t reading enough (he played rugby and video games like most boys). She said, you write brilliant stories, and I edit them. Why don’t you write him a book? I did; Wizards’ Kingdom.
In 2015 Ryan got a 1st in Advertising and Brand Design.
Which writers inspired you?
There are many. I write sci-fi and fantasy so, C S Lewis, Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, Derek Landy, Kenneth Oppel. Many more.
What books have you written?
Wizards’ Kingdom book 1.
The Obelisk of Ashmar book 2.
Jarrak’s Darkness book 3.
The Curious World of Shelley Vendor book 1.
The Curious World of Katie Hinge book 2.
IU-137 (ebook only).
Crank Tech One: Destruction
House of Darke
Welsh Celebrity Ghost Stories (anthology)
Death Trap (coming 2016)
Ghosted (coming 2016)
DISC Direct Interface Shadow Control (coming 2017)
What are you working on now?
I’m writing two adult novel’s – Villains, a Sherlock Holmes type novel, set in 2050 and The Reluctant Killer about a jealous stalker. But saying that I’ve at least three other projects in the background.
How are you publishing?
I’m a ‘Hybrid’ as I would call it. I’ve self published and I’m published traditionally too. I have an agent looking to sell translation rights to the Wizards’ Kingdom series. The three books I’ve coming soon, two are traditional and one I’m self publishing.
Have you a favourite phrase?
Luck is: preparation waiting for an opportunity.
What do you hate writing about?
Fight scenes, god I hate doing those. Choreographing a fight scene is the least favourite part of writing for me. Too complicated but, as a science fiction and fantasy author, it essential.
Where do you want to go from here?
I’m a full-time author, meaning I work doing paid school visits (presentations and workshops). As an writer I’m always looking for a big publisher to come my way with a big advance. I would love to have a movie made of one of my books.
Find Colin and his Books here: