A young, bored and confused teenager is thrown into an adventurous world that he believed only existed in books and dreams. Henry is destined to become the next Host Master and to lead the everlasting fight between the darkness and the light. The Wyvern, an ancient creature of mythical powers and defender of all things living, has to find a host to be able to dwell in this world. It chooses Henry. After his encounter with Bert and the odd dog Ben in the woodland, Henry s life would never be the same again: as well as finding his only true love, he s told that his mother and aunt had kept from him that they were creatures of nature and guardians of the woodland and commanded great powers. Henry has to find a way to grow up fast and find the strength to face up to both his own demons as well as those sent by the Shadow Master, a powerful sorcerer, who has the power and the aid from dark allies to destroy life and spread darkness across the world.
MY INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
- When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
I couldn’t say precisely when it was that I decided to write, but I wanted to become a published author for many years. Over my career as company director, I always seem to be travelling around the world on business, unfortunately, mostly on my own, which gave me plenty of opportunity to read, but the more books I read, the more I wanted to write, and it’s been years since I first thought about writing. However, I never seemed to find the time or the motivation to actually sit down and write. Two years ago, when I took early retirement was when I finally found time and the motivation to do just that and haven’t stopped writing since.
- What inspired you to write this book?
It’s difficult for me to say just what it was that inspired me to write this novel but, I’ve always wanted to write. I’ve suffered from dyslexia since childhood and struggled with the written word for most of my life. Some of my inspiration may be that I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. I’ve had already two or three of the main characters rattling around in my head for some time, but it wasn’t until I became involved in conservation that the plot revealed itself to me. Being a lover of fantasy and passionate about nature and conservation, it made perfect sense me to combine the two.
- If you could sell this book in one sentence what would it be?
A magical adventure of self-discovery that is both moving and thought provoking.
- What are you up to next?
I am currently writing a sequel to “Between Darkness and the Light”. Although I already planned to write a sequel, many of my readers have asked me if I was going to and if so when. I tried to leave the story line open and have great ideas for many more adventures for Henry. My plans for the moment are to finish this sequel and decide then if there is another novel in me. I do however, wish to find time to concentrate on another passion of mine, poetry. I not sure if I’m even any good at it, or even if I want it published, to me that’s not important. I believe poetry can be a very personal thing, it about expressing ones passions and emotions to the reader.
- Who is your biggest inspiration?
Terry Brook was certainly my main inspiration for writing. “The Sword of Shannara” was my first fantasy and I was blown away with his wonderful world of wizards and druids. All authors are inspired by other writers, and often borrow ideas or take inspiration from other authors, in my case it has to be Terrys Brooks“ Shannara” series and his “Knight of the word” series. Brooks has always managed to create strong characters that are believable and easy to relate to, some characters you love and others you hate, and his storyline just drags you in. Also, I find Terry Pratchett’s, works of science-fantasy Discworld, Pratchett never held back in his writing no matter how strange or wacky it was, and always seem to allow his imagination to run away with itself, as a result he produced works of pure genius. To me, Terry Pratchett’s wasn’t just inspiring, he introduced a fresh and unencumbered approach to writing and has left a lasting legacy to all writers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I now live in a small picturesque village called Penton Grafton in Hampshire, which consists a large duck pond, a village green where cricket is played most Sundays during the summer and a 14th century church. Penton Grafton is about four miles away from our nearest large town of Andover. Andover is briefly mentioned in my book.
One of seven children and a son of a farmer, I spent all my childhood playing in the countryside. I was born in the same house that my parents lived in for all their married life. Unfortunately, I had very pour education. That, added to the fact that I suffer from dyslexia, meant that I didn’t just struggle with the written word all of my life, but I also had to work twice as hard as others in many aspect of life. That said, I have never allowed it to hold me back from anything I wanted to achieve. I’m now retired but before that, I was a Managing/production director of company that made armoured and stretched luxury limousines for royals and dignitaries, mainly in the Middle East. I spent the best part of fifteen years travelling the world on business and met many of the royals as well as famous celebrities. Since retiring, I took a two year full time collage course in countryside conservation which is a subject that I’m very passionate about and despite my disorder, I achieved top grades and best student of the year.
Between the Darkness and the Light is my first novel but I’m now in the process of writing a sequel, my motivation for this book comes in two parts. Firstly, to become a published author has been on my bucket list for years now. I’ve always envied anyone who could write, especially writers like Terry Brooks, who have the skill to capture a moment in time and develop such interesting strong characters, so, I needed to prove to myself that someday I could write a novel. Dyslexia can be a very debilitating condition which is often overlooked, so I wanted to prove not just to myself but to others that suffer from it, that if they really worked at it, they could do the same and nothing should hold them back from reaching their own potential. I managed to achieve more than most and much more than I had hoped; but it has been a long hard uphill battle.
Secondly, I have a passion for nature and although my book is fantasy it is set in the here and now. The message I wish to get across to my readers (especially teenagers) is that we must start caring for the world in which we live. One of the main reason for choosing a teenager as the main character was to try and take others of the same age on a journey of discovery but with a teenage prospective, his first love, his new-found passion for nature and other living beings; but more importantly, discovering himself. What makes my book important to me are the characters and the location in which my book is set. Most of my characters are a mix of people that I know or have known in the past, although the people I know are interesting characters in their own right, it was fun putting them all in a mixing pot and creating new and more interesting characters. The location is set in and around the town of Whitchurch, an area where I was born and raised, the woodland was where I used to play as a child, there’re both places I still hold very dear to my heart.
The whole story of my book is set around one teenaged character (Henry Harris). Henry a confused, lazy and often very moody young man and now having left full education he has no idea what he wants from life. I’m sure most, if not all teenaged readers can relate to him, especially his relationship with his family. Henry eventually finds himself but only with the help, support and love from those that care for him most. The only message I wish to get across to teenagers is, that they don’t have to face life’s trials alone, if they have family and friends that love them and support them there is nothing in this world that they couldn’t get through.