I’ve got a few proof copies of my new Children’s novel, Knight Flyer! Very exciting to see it for real and hold it in my hands. A couple of my beta readers are taking a little peak inside and I am looking forward to hearing their feedback. This novel is quite a bit different to my previous work, Time Conspiracy, but it is special to me. I wrote this after noticing that there weren’t many children’s books where the main protagonist has a physical disability. There are a lot more these days than years ago when I was growing up but still not many where the main character deal with these special challenges. Sometimes they are a supporting character mainly there to “help” the protagonist on their journey. And in a lot of books, these characters either die tragically or miraculously totally cured.
So I wanted to write an enjoyable adventure story (with a touch of fantasy), but also one which shows that although children with disabilities have many extra challenges, they also have to deal with the usual roller coaster ride of growing up. They laugh and cry; they often possess extraordinary strength and courage as well as typical human frailties; they love and want to be loved; they fear, hope and dream.
I hope to publish this book in the first half of this year! A few things to get done before that … so off to work for me!