ABOUT JEFF

 

In the "olden days" (as my kids would say - I would say the 1990's) I wrote and illustrated greeting cards. The experience was very encouraging as it showed me that someone (a well respected card company) valued my work enough to pay me for it. 

 

However, the money wasn't enough to make a living from so I still maintained my day job (and still do - although now only part-time). 

 

Since those early 90's I've also spent a lot of time tinkering on my guitar and writing "bits" of songs. I have hours of verses and choruses on tape - but until about 18 months ago - I had never  finished a song. I finally finished two songs in the middle of 2014.  It felt great - now I am addicted. Only one of those old songs made it on to the Super Ninja album - Fallen to my knees. It's more traditional rock/pop with no electronic influences - unlike most of the album. 

 

I started dabbling in film around 2003. In 2005 I won a few awards for a short film called "The Brink", and subsequently completed some feature-writing assignments for producers in Hollywood (which haven't been made - and I don't think ever will, to tell you the truth). Film is ridiculously hard as a writer - I wasn't willing to continue putting in all my energy toward something that I didn't see succeeding. I'd rather spend my time not succeeding in songwriting! 

 

Since having my two boys I basically switched to writing books for them. But the music bug is strong, and what's great is now I can focus all the writing, drawing, music, and filmmaking that I've done over the years into one area. 

 

 

I love humour. My kids think I'm like Jim Carrey (just not as talented or good-looking). One of my sons is a dead-ringer for Jim Carrey as an 8 year old (Jim, if you ever need a younger you for a film - let me know). I also love the tradition of storytelling to demonstrate concepts that may help children traverse some of life's difficulties (such as being called 'Farty bum breath').

 

The Super Ninja Alien Robot Monsters series is for middle readers. I wanted to write a books that boys would love, and their parents might also enjoy reading. Fortunately, girls also seem to like the stories and characters (and even words like Farty Bum Breath).

 

The Trevor: Diary of an Alien series allows me to draw. It's also written in the first person and strongly engages the thoughts and emotions of the main character.

 

And now, of course, the books have inspired me to indulge my passion in music, which is nice.