31 May, 2017
It's been a long time since I've updated the news section of the website. I've been busy - not writing (unfortunately) - but studying to become a teacher. Anyway, I had started Book 3 of SNARM some time ago and had to stop - University really does take up an inconveniently large part of my time ...
Currently on a break so am writing again! Hope to have the latest SNARM instalment out before Christmas. There will be a total of four books in the series. My plan is to write Book 4 as soon as Book 3 is finished so, you never know, maybe the whole set will be finished by the end of February 2018?
29 January, 2016
Exciting day. The Super Ninja Album is out!
The songs are inspired by the Super Ninja books and includes the infamous (previously un-named) song from the book, Happy Little Dudes. It's sure to be a favourite.
The album is available in digital format in all the usual places (eg. iTunes) and can be streamed for free on places like Spotify. A CD version will soon be available for purchase on Amazon or on my website.
27 November, 2015
Wow, it's been a long time since I last posted news. I've been pretty busy working on the Super Ninja album. It's nearly there - out January 2016. Subscribe to my newsletter to be the first to know.
16 April, 2015
After months of solid work I can tell you that the second Trevor Diary: Beasts of Warghoul is now available in all good ebook stores. I am still finalising the print version.
I'm really happy with Trevor 2 (as I call it). It's definitely the best of the Trevor books and is equal to The Gas Giant (the 2nd Super Ninja book). I feel both books are big improvements on the first books of the series - it makes we want to re-write the first ones!
23 November, 2014
Hmmm, about 35% done on the drawings for Trevor 2. I've hit some tricky drawings which have slowed me down. And of course, I've been writing another short story (which is free). This one is called: Vampire Butts from Outer Space. I've finished it today. Find it in the My Books section.
Here's the cover below.
7 August, 2014
I must admit, the drawing has been moving at a snails pace. I'm about 20% done.
But that's because I've been spending so much time with the crazy guys from Rule of Four, working on an album to compliment the books. Two songs are already out and they aren't even the best ones! I've been doing all the mixing of the songs, and I did the video clip (which you may have already seen).
26 March, 2014
Wow, it's been three months since I last wrote any news. That's because I've been so busy. It took me ages to finalize the print version of The Gas Giant (I won't bore you with the technical details).
I've also been spending time writing my first novel for adults ... but I suppose that will be for another website!
The real news is that I've finished the written part of Trevor 2: The Beasts of Warghoul. I think it's even better than the first book - much better, in fact.
Hmmm, I just read my last post. I said I was going to start Clown Town ... oops. I think I got excited with the new Trevor storyline. Oh well, I'm still excited about the new Trevor! Now I just have to do all the drawing!
I love drawing, I find it very relaxing, but it can take a lot of time. The Beasts of Warghoul will be released later in 2014. I can't wait!
27 December, 2013
It's always difficult when deciding what to write next. I've decided my next project is a book that I've wanted to write for years. It's called "Clown Town". It's obviously not about space, and will not be part of a series, but I hope it will be funny and exciting - which is always my goal.
24 December, 2013
Book 2 in the Super Ninja Alien Robot Monster series titled, The Gas Giant is out now as an eBook. I'm pleased to say that I think (and so do the people I've asked that have already read it) that it is better than the first book. I hope you do too.
I'll be working on the formatting for the print version over the Christmas/New year period and hopefully it will be available early in January, 2014.
26 November, 2013
Here's the new cover for The Gas Giant (Book 2 in the Super Ninja Alien Robot Monster series). Planning on a pre-Christmas eBook release. Print book will be available early in the New Year.
21 November, 2013
Woo hoo! I've finished the first draft. This last week I've put in a lot of hours and, well, once I could feel I was getting close to the end I just kept pushing myself to keep writing.
I'm happy with the result at the moment. I'm going to leave it now for a week or two and then get to editing. I wonder if I'll still be happy with it when I read it all the way through for the first time?
13 November, 2013
A little over two-thirds of the way through the first draft of SNARM 2: The Gas Giant, and now thinking about the illustrations and cover. Was hoping for a Christmas release, but not sure if I'll be able to make it. Still need to finish the story, and then LOTS of editing after that!
23 September, 2013
SNARM 2: The Gas Giant is a little over one third of the way complete (well, the first draft anyway). I basically know how I want the story to end but I'm surprising myself along the way as to how I'm going to get there.
There's a new bad guy too - I just haven't figured out exactly what he's going to look like yet. Overall, I would say the experience has been mostly fun, and sometimes tough.
I actually started writing this in January and had the outline of the story done back then, but most of my time was taken up writing and illustrating the Trevor Diary. I love doing both series as they are actually very different.
Hooray! I've finally published Trevor: Diary of an Alien (Operation Earth Destroy). Well, the print version was finished a couple of weeks ago, but the ebook proved harder than I thought.
I always release my books first on Kindle before releasing on other formats such as Kobo and the iBook store because I think Amazon does a great job of promoting writers and books.
The only problem is that there are so many different types of Kindles (eg. e-ink, Fire, etc) - so you need to write a version that works okay with all versions. If you are only writing text that's fine, but as soon as you introduce images (Trevor has about 70) things get crazy. I must say it was a bit frustrating, but now that I've done it I'll know what works bestfor when I publish my next Trevor!
Anyway, the ebook is available on Amazon (see the links on the right). A print version (my preferred version) is also available on Amazon, though, for my Australian customers I'm expecting a shipment in early September so I'll be able to sell to you from my Australian Store link (on the left) so you save on postage.
30 June, 2013
I'm desperate to release Trevor: Diary of an Alien, but I'm not willing to rush it out if it's not quite right.
I'm currently doing my final edit (for grammar, etc) and will then start formatting for Kindle and Print versions. It is very, VERY close now!
I wanted to release both versions at the same time but there is still work to do on the print cover, so I think the ebook will be available first.
29 May, 2013
Boy was I wrong. Hmmm ... drawing takes a lot longer than I expected, or remembered. It probably doesn't help that I've drawn about 100 pictures for my new book, Trevor: Diary of an Alien. That's a lot more drawings than I had planned.
The drawings have also given me some new ideas so I have to write them in now. Still, the book will be out soon - definitely some time in June! I really am working very hard to get it out as soon as possible for everyone who has asked about it. :(
2 April, 2013
Trevor: Diary of an Alien "Operation Earth Destroy" should be out by the end of April.
There are a lot more pictures in this book than Super Ninja, and this time, I'm the one drawing them. Well ... actually, Trevor's drawing them! So they are taking some time.
So far my early drafts have had the thumbs up from my eldest son, Matt, and the drawings have had the thumbs up from my youngest son, Jamie.
14 Mar, 2013
This is the new cover (I think) for the next book and the first in a new series:
Trevor: Diary of an Alien
It's fairly self-explanatory I guess. It's a diary. And it's about my favourite Super Ninja Alien Robot Monster, Trevor.
I've had a lot of fun writing it and am now doing the drawings (which is hard because I haven't drawn for a long time and you get out of practice).
It's fun because my first book, Super Ninja Alien Robot Monsters, is told from the Humans' point of view. But this book is told from the Aliens' point of view.
23 Feb, 2013
Free short story.
See what happens when Curiosity, the lonely Mars Rover looking for life on Mars, comes upon the Super Ninja Alien Robot Monsters.
This is a fun little story that actually occurs between chapters 12 and 13 of the novel when the aliens camp out on Mars.
Get it HERE at Smashwords in any format you'd like. It's also on Amazon but they don't let you put up for free, so I'd suggest either going to Smashwords or emailing Amazon and telling them to price match.
26 Jan, 2013
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13 Jan, 2013
I took a break during Christmas and New Year. That meant no writing. I really missed it actually, but it was a good chance to catch up on a lot of things that needed to be done.
I'm back in full swing now writing Trevor: Diary of an alien. Trevor has become my favorite character and this book will be a lot of fun. There will be a lot of interesting things that extend the Super Ninja story, plus there will be a lot more drawings (done by me I'm afraid!).
4 Dec, 2012
To celebrate the print release of Super Ninja Alien Robot Monsters in the next week or two, I'm giving away 3 copies.
Adults welcome to enter, but I'd prefer if your kids did the coloring in!
Winners notified by email Sunday 16 Dec.
18 Nov, 2012
I've been working on the print version of the book. It's proven harder than expected (like everything else!), but I think I've finally solved all the problems.
As you know, the book already has a front cover, but the print version also needs a back cover and a spine. Just working on that now with my cover designer.
9 Nov, 2012
Well it's finally complete. It took about 3 years to do - lots and lots of drafts! Thanks to all those that read the early versions.
The last year has mostly been small changes to the story, working with the illustrator on the drawings, and making sure there weren't too many spelling mistakes.
So, now I have to really get going on Super Ninja 2. Writing is a lot more fun than editing though.
1 Nov, 2012
Almost ready to publish Super Ninja Alien Robot Monsters to Amazon for Kindle. Following that, I'll be organizing a print version of the book, also available from Amazon. I'm really excited about that.