King Derek and the Purple Wizard

So this is part of the newly eagerly awaited King Derek and the Wonder Wizards Series … “goodbye harry potter” … this is going to be a HUGE hit with the kids.  The writing style is charismatic, funny and the illustrations are superb by illustrator Gary Dillon.  Available in ebook and print editions.

Interview with talented creator, Andy Dale.

What is “King Derek and the Wonder Wizards Series” about?

King Derek is the King of Dudley who everyone loves, but he is never quite happy. So he always calls upon ‘Wonder Wizards’ as ‘Wonder Wizards make all things wonderful’. But it never quite works out that way.

What is “King Derek and the Purple Wizard” about?

King Derek worries that Queen Queenie is too pretty for a bald, chubby King with an enormous nose. But when he meets Preston, the Purple Wizard everything goes horribly wrong.

What inspired you to write this series?

I wrote the first book for three daughters of a friend three years ago and they loved them. Also trips to Dudley Zoo and Castle when I was a child gave me lots of ideas.

Who are the primary readers of this book?

Children who still like a bedtime story and children who have just started reading books on their own.

How long did it take you to write?

Probably 48 hours.

How did you come up with the series?

After writing first in the series, it seemed the obvious things to do.

Did you learn anything from writing this book, and if so what?

How important it is to have an image of the character first.

What do you want to say to your readers? 

King Derek and the Purple Wizard

Available in ebook and paperback

To understand that things can go wrong and that although King Derek is now really satisfied with what he has got, he will still get himself into a pickle when feeling low.

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Interview Graham Parks … author of The Cure

The Cure Front CoverWhat is the The Cure about?

The journey of William Fitzgerald, an alcoholic whose condition has robbed him of not only his dignity, but any semblance of what it is to be considered a ‘normal’ member of society.  He wants to find a way back – a way out from his mere existence – he wants a release from the pain that exists in his head.  He’s offered help but is help enough when pitted against the demons from within and the underhandedness of somebody he’s come to consider a friend.

What inspired you to write this book?

Whilst out running along the bank of the River Thames I often passed an old vagabond who slept under an old tarpauline.  He’d be there for a few days and then diappear only to return a week, or so, later. I often wondered where he’d gone and how he survived. I saw him one day drunkenly serenading passersby outside the postoffice looking for donations, or alms you might say.  I watched as an elderly lady approached who seemed to really take pity on him; maybe she knew him I have no idea.  Anyway, that brief moment inspired me to write the book.

Who are the primary readers of this book?

All those who have ever suffered some sort of dependency and anybody who enjoys a good story that asks questions and leaves the unfolding of its conclusion right till the very end.

​How long did it take you to write?
1 year to write

How did you come up with the title?
I thought it seemed quite appropriate given that a hell of a lot of people today seem to think the answer to their problems lie in taking a drink.

Why did you choose this cover?
Is a depiction of how I remember seeing the vagabond on a day when he looked particularly desolate and all he had was a can to embrace in his trembling hand.

Did you do any research for your book?
Found out how the format works at AA meetings, etc.

Did you learn anything about writing this book, and if so what?
I learnt that we’re all at the mercy of our unconscious thinking.

What do you want to say to your readers?
It’s very easy to scoff at those less fortunate because we all, in the main, think it’s a simple case of a lack of self-control.  The reality, I have found, is that the enemy lies deep within our pysches and it’s often incredibly difficult, even for the best of us, to distinguish between reality and fiction.  To be riddled with fear, self-loathing and a good degree of low self-esteem, to name but a few, is a battle, unfortunately, that few really ever overcome sufficently enough to overide the compulsion to escape.