All my books are written intuitively.
That means I just write. I don't plan or work out the stories I let them come. I have no idea what is going to happen. That makes writing them exciting and great fun.
The Rayman trilogy is very much an immersive experience. It was inspired by the place I was living at that time which was near Drewsteignton on the edge of Dartmoor, south west England. I would go walking almost every day. One of my favorite walks was through the oak woods along the valley beside the River Tyne usually starting from Fingle Bridge. I would scrambled up and down this heavily wooded gorge for hours. It is where the story started to percolate into my awareness and where I first began writing. I had a friend who was a pianist and very protective of his hands. I wondered what would happen if he hurt them and couldn't play any more and expanded the idea from there.
I originally thought I was going to make a film and the landscape was absolutely perfect. The story was hard to visualise for the screenplay and I realised I needed it written down. I tried a few writers but they were all much too urban and decided to try writing it myself. I had no idea how much fun that would be. When I was about half way through writing the book I walked away from a business that would have generated the enormous funds required for making a film. I had to abandon that idea but was then able to write full time. I finished writing the Rayman at Mullybrook Mill near Chagford in Devon.
I spoke there with ancient men who visited me and had come because they had worked there in their youth. They gave me a good understanding of what running a water mill entails. Having written about a water mill I found myself living in one but that fact didn’t really register until after I had moved on. This has happened to me over and over again.
The books have transported me and they can take you to a timeless place that feels quite real. It is a wholesome world where all the characters live in harmony with each other and the world around them. I know the people very well. They are like very old friends. The funny thing is that I keep bumping into them here in New Zealand. This trilogy took a long time to unfold, over eight years to write. I had to grow far enough to be able to absorb what came next.
When the first novel was finished I let a few people read it to see if it worked. The reaction I got was so positive that I decided to publish it in that format. That was a long journey in itself and took over four years and totally transformed who I am. That is a common theme because each book takes a character through a massive personal transformation.
The Rayman is a talented musician who uses light as well as sound in his performances. Just when he is beginning to grasp his full potential he is hurled into another dimension and challenged like never before. This book unravels his personal journey which is that of the wounded healer.
Guided by an unfathomable timeless master and assisted by a new life partner, he grows. His eventual triumph includes fantastical new abilities.
This book a continues from when book 1 ends. Dona a young friend of the Rayman has an insatiable thirst for knowledge. She determines to go over the mountains to the place where Carrie's mother came from which she is told is a place of learning. Nothing pans out as she expects and she learns that there is a huge difference between wisdom and information.
Guided by an unfathomable timeless master she grows. Her eventual triumph includes fantastical new abilities.
Donna has the Gathering under control but the same can’t be said for the Rayman and Carrie’s children. The Imp is a real handful and she has a combination of both their talents.
Brian, her younger brother, appears much more docile but his talent is very hidden. Exploring all possibilities, he can do almost anything without limit, as the twins and Margaret discover. He’s an enigma that even Talma cannot fathom
There are more books coming. I have finished a new one which is called Expect Flying Mermaids and is the first in a new series. It is a large volume and has more pages that the entire Rayman series. It needs editing before I can release it. I am also writing two other unconnected books which seem to want to come both at the same time. I am discovering humour as I write and the locations are all a more a recognisable world but the flavours are perhaps the same - all me....
If you live in NZ and want a paperback you can buy them from my NZ shop.
I also sell eBooks here.
The economics of delivery prohibit sending books from New Zealand and it is greener to print them locally anyway.
My books are also available internationally on Amazon as paperbacks and Kindles
I would rather that you buy eBooks direct from me because Amazon doesn't always acknowledge sales.