It’s a wrap! Shooting finishes for Nightmare on 34th Street
It’s official! Proud to announce my new agency – Abacus Agency
Tel: 01737 821 348
Mobile: 073575 670108
A fantastic day of book signing at Waterstone’s High Barnet
A winning review from Sci-Fi Author Stewart Bint!
Unique Monsters For Teenaged Author
I guess this book is aimed firmly at the YA market – in particular young teenaged boys. But, hell, I’m 60 and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The author has a remarkable advantage over most other YA authors, in that he was only 13 when he wrote this book (he’s 14 now), which means his portrayal of the characters, how they act and how they speak, is absolutely spot on, as he is in the very age group he is writing about and for. How many YA authors can say that?
So, what a wonderful achievement for one so young, having this novel under his belt already. The story moves along at a cracking pace, through powerful descriptive pose, and – to my mind HG’s strongest point, his dialogue, which rings true at absolutely every turn.
If I have one criticism, which is the only reason I’m giving it four stars instead of the five it otherwise richly deserves, it is the constant use of alternative words to “says.” For example, instead of says, we have laughs, sighs, tuts, screams, whistles, apologises, mutters, sobs, pants, instructs, suggests, answers, tells, etc. Occasionally such words are necessary for reinforcing a feeling or emotion, but in most cases HG’s superb dialogue does that job by itself. Maybe the book’s copy editor should have picked that up…after all, that’s their role, not the job of the writer.
The early part of the book took me right back to my schooldays. It seems schools are still the same hotbed of geeky teachers, strong friendships, and bullying that they were when I was there in the 1960s and 1970s.
Then suddenly this somewhat normal scenario is overtaken by genuinely frightening horror with some excellent, vivid gory details. All I’ll say about the storyline is that it involves a thoroughly modern and unique take on zombies – well, I’ve not come across this type of zombie/monster/creature before, anyway. It’s a truly innovative idea.
It’s also written in the present tense, which is extremely difficult to achieve, but makes a book much fresher and vibrant when successfully accomplished. And HG pulls it off effortlessly.
So, other than my one nit-picking piece of constructive criticism, which I’m hoping the author will take in the spirit I’m intending it, this is a superb book which I enjoyed immensely, and will recommend to anyone of any age who likes a cracking, well-written, good story. And I’m definitely looking forward to HG’s next offering.
It’s out now! The Chronicles of Derek Dunstable – at Waterstones, Amazon Books and Kindle
On my way to the Premiere of ‘My Guardian Angel’ June 2016
At the Premiere of ‘My Guardian Angel’ with the lead Holly Jacobson. June 2016
On set with the feature film
‘My Guardian Angel’
Had a great day filming on Sunday 31st May.
Just great to be back on set where I feel at home!
I play ‘Alex’ the next door neighbour to the twins Hannah & Angel, both parts are played by Holly Jacobson a really talented actor.
Holly & I have worked together a couple of times before, so it felt really comfortable to be working with her again.
This film is really creepy & very, very dark, my character is a friend to the twins and he has a feeling that all isn’t as it should be for them… Oops, sorry can’t say anymore I’m sworn to secrecy!
My part is a small part, but I’m happy that I got the part! Taz the director was a really lovely guy who was really easy to work with. Fingers crossed that I work for him again.
Hey Taz??? 🙂
MY LATEST BIGGEST EVER BOOKING!
I have officially been invited to attend ‘The Manx Literary Festival’
Yes, its true, we received an email from The Isle Of Man, from a teacher and author whom had purchased my book a while back.
Ms Cheryl Davis is part of the committee for the festival and she put forward my book and name to be considered to take part in the festival! A lot of big name authors are attending so I feel really privileged to be a part of the event. Now fingers crossed my school give me permission to attend?
June 4th 2014
My latest audition for the BBC!
‘No Broken Voices!’
Last week I went to audition for a period drama for the BBC. I went for the part of Marcus, two scenes to learn in three days, no sweat!
Character analysis studied, read the whole script, then learnt my scenes!
Now I’m ready for my audition and looking forward to it too, just one thing though, it says on the brief, no broken voices?
So Mum rings my agent and says ‘This could be a waste of time as Harri’s voice is well broken?’ the agent replies, ‘No worries, we will call and ask them if they still want to see Harri?’ well the answer was yes, they did still want to see me, even if my voice had broken?
Then off we go home, 3 days pass, 4 days pass, 5 days pass…we hear nothing?
Isn’t it ironic, we then see a new casting call on a kids acting website advertising for the same part I went for ‘Marcus’ and it clearly says ‘No Broken Voices!!!’
May 22nd 2014
My book is on the Shelves of Brunel University!
On Thurs May 22nd, I was invited to experience an ‘Away Day to Work’ why? because I was fortunate enough to receive the invite from a Professor Ian Rivers, (whom worked at the university) as I already knew him from ‘Twitter’ we started to talk because he had a copy of my book ‘The Little Dudes Skool Survival Guide’.
So to cut a long story short, I went to spend the day as a ‘student of psychology’ the most rewarding part being was that my book went onto the shelves of The Brunel Library, why? to be used for teacher training for any bullying issues that might arise in the classroom #proud!