Author Guest Post With Tim Flanagan

Tim Flanagan has kindly agreed to guest post here about his work, and share his inspiration for becoming a writer in honor of his newest release, The Moon Stealers and The Quest For The Silver Bough.
 

 About The Author:


Tim Flanagan
During the day, Tim works as a Podiatrist in private practice in Kent, UK. He is the author of two books for Health Professionals, has lectured across England, Scotland and Ireland, and has treated national athletes for Sport England.
By night, Tim lurks in his office, writing stories of fantasy and imagination. The Moon Stealers series tells the story of an alien bacteria that lands on the Earth inside a meteor. As it evolves and grows it becomes a serious threat to civilisation. At the same time, a group of children unknowingly hold the key to saving the planet, whilst attempting to rescue one of their friends from an ancient portal that leads to another world.
The second book in the series, The Moon Stealers and the Queen of the Underworld is due for release towards the end of 2012.
He is also currently working on a book about Dragons in London during the 1600’s, before going back to write books 3 and 4 in the Moon Stealers series.
Tim lives in Kent with his wife and three children.

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 Guest Post:

From Feet to Fiction!


I’ve always been a stubborn person, which my wife will happily agree with, so when I was about 14 years old and my English teacher said that I could never compose complete sentences I made a point of proving him wrong. I remember sitting in my bedroom writing the greatest piece of descriptive work I possibly could about a tree. The Thesaurus had never been used so much! But the important thing was that I went back over the 500 word piece of writing and edited it several times joining the short sentences together to improve it.


So you could say that my writing started at that point, purely out of stubbornness. But I also learnt that my writing couldn’t keep up with the speed of my brain. If I wrote everything I thought of it was important to go back and edit to improve the structure and flow of my work.


The next piece I wrote at school was a fantasy story that ended up being a lot longer than was required. After I had handed it in (together with an artistically drawn front cover. I think it was called The Citadel) the aforementioned English teacher stopped me in the corridor as I was going for my lunch break and asked if I had really written ‘The Citadel.’ He then gave me the highest mark possible for it and from then on we seemed to have a reasonable appreciation of each other.


So here’s to you Jed for making me want to prove you wrong!


It was quite a while after when I went back to fantasy novels. I gained an honours degree in Podiatry and followed the sensible career path, wrote a couple of medical books, but let’s be honest, they are pretty boring. For my own pleasure I had continued to write many different things including an Agatha Christie style whodunit, as well as a rather depressing story about a guy with cancer which was supposed to be a love story, but many of them still sit unfinished in a folder. One of the reasons I think I got bored with them was because they were restricting in many ways for me as the writer.


Things changed for me one morning in the bathroom. My son, who enjoys sharing the only peaceful time I get to truly be on my own, randomly asked me to tell him a story. James has a great imagination so I knew that only a wild and exciting story would amuse him (plus there had to be some form of death and destruction in it.) So I randomly said, ‘Have you heard the one about the Moon Stealers?’ and the seed of imagination started. During our time in the bathroom, we threw loads of ideas at each other and concocted a sort of story for the Moon Stealers. I decided to start writing it down, not really knowing where it was going, but as I started to write I found that the ideas seemed to organically grow by themselves. James went through every chapter with his pencil as I wrote them, telling me where I had made errors (as he has done with this piece!)


Writing a book for young people provides a lot more freedom for ideas and possibilities than an adult one. They are much more likely to accept things that an adult’s methodical and scientific brain would be closed to. With children there is no ‘that’s not possible,’ or ‘he wouldn’t do that,’ or ‘because of the erratic nature of ion’s it would not be physically possible for teleportation to occur when it rains.’ In short, to a child anything is possible. And, as a writer, that’s exciting. It’s like taking a child to a toy shop and saying: ‘play with whatever you want, however you want…. Oh yes, you can take it all home with you too if you want.’


Writing is inspiring. Children are refreshing. Freedom to write what you want is liberating. Sentences are sometimes short. Fiction is more interesting that feet.

  The Moon Stealers and The Quest For The Silver Bough:

Book Title: The Moon Stealers and The Quest For The Silver Bough
Author:
Tim Flanagan

Release Date: June 29, 2012

The first in a series of four books that complete the story of The Moon Stealers. In the small Yorkshire town of Parsley Bottom, Peter Crisp, a boy with an unusual gift of being able to see things that others cannot, goes missing after spending the night in a graveyard. Two of Peters school friends, attempt to find him but come across some mysterious engravings which propel them on an adventure beyond their imagination. By unravelling codes and riddles they journey within the bowels of Edinburgh Castle as they attempt to find the key to Peter’s disappearance. Meanwhile MI6 operative Steven Knight is sent from London to investigate a meteorite landing which contains a living and evolving alien bacteria within its core. The bacteria quickly evolves into a deadly threat. The children not only need to save Peter, they need to save the world while they’re at it.

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The Moon Stealers and the Quest for the Silver Bough is written by Tim Flanagan and is the first book of the series. This science fiction adventure novel is suitable for Teenage, Middle Grade and Young Adults or Adults who like to be young.

Available in ebook and paperback formats from Amazon, B&N, Smashwords and many other outlets.

Happy reading until next time!