Christopher Daring Sweets
Writing an adventure series had been on my mind since I was around 14 or 15 years old. By the time I was 17 the first real adventure story was finally forming in my head as I would take my dog Brandy around a particular park in Hertfordshire, England. The story I wanted to tell seemed so big and so involved that I did not feel remotely ready to write it — nor did I know where to start. But now with the aid of Christopher Daring I can finally tell it!
Unfortunately, my early teen writing aspirations were heavily crushed at school by a nosy school kid and a cruel teacher. Wherein they jointly whipped up a frenzied insinuation, in a class full of students, of my having psychological issues because I was writing a small horror at the time. Looking back is was a very nasty thing to do — especially as the teacher, of all people, is supposed to be an opinion leader, and one who inspires children. Needless to say, their unprovoked actions definitely introverted me on the subject and I promptly stopped writing for about 17 years after that. So please don’t follow in my footsteps there, and never-ever give in to negative or critical abuse!
Christopher Daring Series History:
I think the main reason I have continued writing is because people have kept asking me to. It is rather quite touching when you are asked to write another book or another in the series! And so it was with the Christopher Daring books. I’d written the first book, ‘The Ghostly Penny Farthing’ years ago as a one-off ghost story, based off a derelict building in my local town centre. Before it was finally given its long-awaited facelift, the shop and upper floors gave off some seriously dark vibes to passersby.
The book, although fairly short, had a lasting twist at the end that upset a good few people. Although you never saw it coming, it did leave the reader wanting to know more. I had various people and kids alike, asking for me to resolve the mysterious twist. I even had one kid I know call me up — way past his bedtime — demanding to know what happened to the person in the story. His mother said that he would not rest until I could reassure him that the second book would provide him with the answers he wanted. Which it did — and it spurred him to start reading for himself!
Anyway, I then created the second book ‘The Golden Pocket Watch’ which, apart from resolving the twist in the first book, was a ghost story in its own right. Now I had two books under the new branding of ‘The Christopher Daring Adventures’. But then of course I was asked for the next book in the series — and so it began…
The ‘Ghostly Penny Farthing’ and ‘The Golden Pocket Watch’ are what together have been heavily beefed up into ‘The Spirits of the Dead’. The sequel, ‘The Forest of Riddles’ — a brand new novel — is coming out on the same date.
I actually had other books already in the pipeline — that were separate stand-alone novels, but I finally decided to overhaul the entire series and incorporate these other books as well. If I did this I could then also merge them with the main story I had always wanted to write as a kid — when I used to walk my dog.
So there you have it, a brief history of Christopher Daring. Once this release is completed and I have my book signing done, I shall be excited to return to the series and continue Christopher’s adventures.
I have been having some fun creating a promotional gimmick to give out to kids for FREE during my book signing and physical launch. I did some hunting around and came across these sweets which you can add your own labels to. So I contacted Andrew Gaia — the amazing artist who works on my Christopher Daring book covers — and as usual he came up trumps with a great design.
Let me tell you, having someone as professional, artistic and competent as he is, is worth their weight in gold! So I put his original design below, and you can see the final effect at the top of the article.
So just to remind you, Books 1 and 2 — Spirits of the Dead and The Forest of Riddles will be launched on-line on the 21st September. So pre-order now to get your copies as soon as they are released on Amazon!
AND, there will be a book signing of both books on the 6th October 2018 in East Grinstead, West Sussex, England.
I shall be at the BookShop all day signing and chatting away to anyone that would like to pop in for a chat. And thankfully, they also have their own tea lounge on the ground floor if you fancy a spot of refreshment and slice of cake.
You can find them at www.eastgrinsteadbookshop.co.uk
They are a delightful book shop so if you are ever passing, feel free to visit!