I have been writing novels seriously for ten years and working on Cory and his family for eight.
My warm thanks to all those who supported and challenged and questioned and fed back on my journey. The tale is stronger for your help.
Our Child of the Stars was only half the story I wanted to tell. Our Child of Two Worlds concludes my original idea for his story. This forms a good time to reflect on love and joy and hope.
The books are a love letter to stories I have enjoyed – all sorts of books but specifically science fiction and other speculative works. They show the joy of reading – how a book can take you to another world and make you care for people who don’t exist.
They draw on film as well as books. They cry out to be a film or a TV series.
The books are about the joys of life and relationships.
The books are a love letter to people close to me – my parents, my children, and my partner. Love is not blind to people’s faults – love is at its greatest when you know the faults and find a way through that. It is also a love letter to that other great relationship, friendship. One critic found that the Greeks had eight different types of love, and the books talk about all eight of them.
When Pandora unleashed all the ills of the world – how men want to make women responsible for everything bad – the one thing left was Hope.
The books say that life and love are precious. We live on an extraordinary world and yet it is under threat – from us. science fiction writers spin dreams of what is possible. Yet simply moving into space is centuries off being a relevant solution. Whether aliens exist or not, it will be down to us to save ourselves. If we have hope, that urgent change is possible.
Things can show truth without being true. Fairy-tales are not there to tell us that dragons exist. Fairy-tales are there to tell us that dragons can be beaten.