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The Amazing Adventures of Jimmy Crikey is a genre-crossing novel with elements of fantasy, science fiction, and adventure as well. Did you start writing with this in mind, or did this happen organically as you were writing?
In reality, the story came about out of necessity – to entertain three or four children in the approximate age range 4 – 7 yrs. They had struck up a friendship with my son on the beach, on a family holiday to Great Yarmouth, over (almost) 50 years ago. The children were forced to shelter in our beach tent during a heavy shower. Not surprisingly they were quite boisterous. “For goodness sake,” my wife, Pat, said. “Do something to quieten them down. Read them a story, or something.
As there were no story books to hand, I had to make up a story, “on the hoof”, as they say. I knew I needed a bit of magic to get their attention, so I created a witch. Observation of the small “playgroup” dynamics highlighted that there was an underdog in their group, it just happened that his hair was ginger.
Jimmy is an interesting and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind his character development?
The idea blossomed, of a bullied child, who looked different, in spite of which he overcame – and so Jimmy Crikey was borne to illustrate that it is possible to overcome apparent disadvantages and achieve great things. Otherwise, the adventures that Jimmy embarked upon were designed as pure escapism to keep their minds engaged for a while during the following several wet afternoons.
The story was not committed to the written word until many years later.
Jimmy has to overcome many obstacles throughout the story. What were some themes that guided the development of the novel?
The main theme I tried to get across is that with perseverance all problems can be overcome and that being different does not define the person you are.
Furthermore outright violence is rarely necessary to achieve a peaceable outcome to a dispute.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
Another Jimmy Crikey story is well underway. It will involve enlisting the help of st least one or two of the four witches, to assist the inhabitants of the islands in the sky. I would hope it might be completed before end of 2020 but the promotion required to bring The Amazing Adventures of Jimmy Crikey to market is extremely time consuming and in the meanwhile I am the primary carer of my disabled wife/friend/companion and loved one – Pat.
And I’m also attempting to complete other stories in my portfolio, including a memoir.