Our featured author is Richard Phillips, and he’s joining us today for the launch of his second book Return to Finndragon’s Den. Let’s find out more about him and his books!
The series starts with The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse:
Three children racing against time, desperately searching for their missing father.
A medieval kingdom cursed by an evil wizard.
An ancient legend beneath our very feet.
The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse is the first book in a unique, two book fantasy adventure series and is a fast paced, engaging and thrilling page turner. The story races along with plenty of twists and turns as it heads for the prophesized confrontation between the children and the evil Finndragon himself.
Combining wizardry and magic with modern technology and containing magical animals and terrible demons, The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse is a rollercoaster of emotions that will make you laugh out loud and then fight to hold back the tears, as the children race against time to rescue their father. In doing so they have to kill Finndragon and put an end to the dreadful curse.
The story continues today with the release of Return to Finndragon’s Den…
My name is Richard Phillips and I have written a YA fantasy series entitled Tales of Finndragon, under the pen name Richie Earl. Book 1, The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse, was launched December 2011 and has had some excellent reviews. Book 2, Return to Finndragon’s Den, is to be launched May 29th on Kindle and a week later in paperback.
I’ve lived all my life in Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales, which is quite a large town by Welsh standards. I’m a family man and have been married to Angela for sixteen years and have three children: Katie 13, Lucy 9 and Jonathan 7, who have inspired and encouraged me to write. The family is completed by Benson, a rescue dog who has been with us for nine years. I have based the main characters in the story upon my children.
Writing has been in my blood since an early age, when I particularly enjoyed writing poetry. A talent inspired by my late grandmother. At the time I wrote for my own pleasure and was reluctant to share my work with even close family and friends.
I did start a YA sci-fi novel many years ago, which I will come back to soon. Following the sudden death of a close friend, I wrote a collection of stories about our adventures which I’ll publish in the future. But for the time being I want to concentrate on writing what I love the most – YA fantasy where I can let my boundless imagination run wild. My next project is an apocalyptic, time-changing sci-fi/fantasy adventure for young adults.
I’ve also written two picture books, in rhyme, for younger children. I haven’t decided what to do with these as yet as I’m unsure whether to find an illustrator myself, or to seek an agent or publisher.
I have to juggle my writing schedule with a busy work and family life. I qualified as a nurse over twenty years ago and currently work for the Welsh Blood Service, which involves travelling to various towns across South Wales collecting blood donations.
When I’m not writing or promoting my book, I like to occasionally work-out in the gym, I run regularly and enjoy cycling, particularly with Lucy and Jonathan. I’ve completed the last two Cardiff Half Marathons and I’ve entered the event again this year.
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