I started writing my children’s book, The Secret of Glaston Tor, after looking more closely at many of the books the children I was teaching were reading during lessons. Although, they were reading some good books, the impression I got was that there is very little “moral” children’s literature nowadays, and some of what is available is distinctly unhealthy, if not positively bad.
So I set out to produce a story that would focus on positive moral and religious values, rather than on the “culture of death,” sex, violence, vampires, etc.
I am very much interested in religion, and so wanted to see if I could write a story that would combine history, adventure and religious themes. The result is The Secret of Glaston Tor, which I hope will be the first in a series of books along similar lines – in fact, the second book, The Dark Tower, has now been published!
I’ve written some non-fiction books, mainly about Marian apparitions. You can see information about these at www.theotokos.org.uk
I first became interested in this topic following a visit to the shrine of Our Lady at Fatima in Portugal, in the 1980s, as part of the planning for a walking pilgrimage to the shrine from Britain. That pilgrimage was wonderful experience and one of the most formative spiritual experiences of my life.
I’m now the secretary of the World Apostolate of Fatima in England and Wales and we are actively trying to promote the Fatima message in the run up to the Centenary in 2017.
From the late 1990s I’ve been more actively involved in trying to promote Fatima in Britain, and also the Foyers de Charité , (www.foyers.org.uk/) which are lay communities headed by a priest, who provide week-long silent retreats. I am also interested in the Creation/Evolution debate.
Since 2006, I have been involved in self-publishing through my Theotokos Books imprint using print on demand technology, and latterly, via ebooks.
I like walking, reading, watching old black and white films, plus Laurel and Hardy and the original Star Trek, plus listening to music. I’ve found that giving up television has given me a lot more time to do things! (I would recommend that step to everyone – TV is a great time waster, plus a lot of the stuff on it is either rubbish or bad for you).
God bless and best wishes,