Today's new release, The Fable of Bluebell Nook, is written by a friend of mine, local Worcester author, Wolfren Riverstick.
Silvertuft Squirrel embarks on a mission to save a once-admired beauty spot from impending doom, which is a tall order from the very beginning! But the nomadic peg-leg squirrel quickly becomes the victim of foul play at the hands of his travelling companions, the Brown-Rat brothers, and he is left for dead. Fortune smiles upon him, however, and our hardy hero lives to tell the tale. He makes new friends as he continues his perilous journey, all of whom have suffered the loss of part of their anatomy due to deliberate or careless littering by humankind, just as he has. As the group grows, a great adventure unravels, and they encounter many obstacles on their way... But can Silvertuft and friends save Bluebell Nook and its surrounding Copperdusk Forest before it is too late?
This sounds a fun adventure, Wolfren. :)
I asked Wolfren to tell us a bit about himself
How did you get started writing?
Some time around 1990 I wrote a double-page spread for an international model-making magazine (just one of the titles that was produced by a magazine publisher I worked for back then), mostly because I was railroaded into doing this as my fee for begging the model in question. My work colleagues thought the article was well-written, and humorous with it, thus suggesting that I take up creative writing classes. I subsequently tried this, but it was not for me. Anyway, ten years after writing that particular magazine article, I wrote a cod pantomime whilst working as a backstage crew member in professional theatre. This was a spur-of-the-moment thing at the very last minute (exactly what I do best) and it was enjoyed by actors and crew alike. Once more, it was suggested that I write for a living as there was a good possibility I could make money at it. That got me thinking, naturally, but I quickly pushed my pen to one side and forgot about it again. It wasn't until three years later, in 2002, when I finally picked up my pen and wrote a young adult title, 'Azure Blue Skies'... I have always been a slow starter; can you tell?
2. Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?
I could mention many unknown facts about myself, but whether they would be interpreted as being 'fun' shall have to remain a mystery. Therefore, I'll go with this one to be on the safe side because I find it to be fun at least...
A little over two years ago I learned my first guitar chord, after owning such an instrument for many years on and off. There are now over 150 songs in my songbook in a multitude of genres, around 50 of which I now know all the lyrics and chords to - a number that is rapidly increasing because I like to busk and it looks more professional to have memorized material. All of the songs that I play and sing range from the early 1930s to the late 1970s (although a couple are reported to have had origins in the 16th and 17th centuries), with the exception of two songs from 1999 and 2002... that's as modern as I get! I like to accompany some with harmonicas too, and have added a swanee whistle, percussion shakers and a musical saw to my collection. And one particular song, entitled 'Sukiyaki' (a 1963 Billboard Number One hit), I have learned to sing in Japanese.
3. What's your top writing tip for new writers?
I believe that my top writing tip would have to be: don't spend years saying that you will write one day, when you get around to it - as I have done - because that day rarely comes, if ever! Time really does fly by... If you have the urge to write, get on with it. Today's market is difficult for many reasons, including being flooded with writers, so competition is extremely fierce and the craft takes much time to hone. There will be rejections, that is guaranteed, but it doesn't mean that your work is not of any worth. Admittedly, there is a large quantity of sub-standard material out there (even by supposedly good authors), whilst there is a huge quantity of really good material being overlooked for various reasons too numerous to mention. Anyone in this field will tell you that writing is the easy part; it's the marketing and promotion bit where it starts to become clumsy. It is easy to become disillusioned and give up, but, if your heart is in it, you won't. Keep plugging away. Persevere , in other words, and keep on trying. Who knows, one day your book(s) may get deserved recognition. Writing is not as easy as many think it is, so expect to do a lot of hard work, but never give up, for it has many rewards.
I couldn't agree more, Wolfren. And I want to hear you sing in Japanese....
Brief Author bio
Wolfren was born in Rushden, Northamptonshire, but grew up in Alcester, Warwickshire (although he admits to never having grown up at all, in actual fact!) Nowadays, though, he lives in Worcestershire.
He was a huge fan of Enid Blyton as a child (and still is), and then went on to read Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Tarzan" books to while away his teen years at boarding school.
Upon leaving school Wolfren became an apprentice car mechanic/paint sprayer, but gave this up after only three months in favour of an alternative apprenticeship as a printing compositor. He was trained in the art of traditional hot metal printing before becoming a typesetter for a number of years, together with some editing and proof reading experience.
Since then he claims to have had "more careers than are listed in the Yellow Pages", including: most trades of the construction industry, international HGV driving, as well as being a member of stage crew in professional theatre.
Wolfie, as he is known to quite a few, has published five titles to date. He also has further works in progress, and two finished titles for young adults that are likely to be published under a different name.
He rides a Harley Davidson, whilst other hobbies include playing guitar, harmonica and singing... often at the same time because he occasionally does some street busking.
Thanks for dropping by, Wolfren. :)