I was born in Durham, North East England and I had a passion for writing at a very young age. My preferred genre has always been science-fiction, fantasy and even a bit of horror. The idea for ‘The Alkoryn Chronicles’ started when I was young and I have always been interested in the interactions of science, technology and biology. Arthur C.Clarke’s Third Law ‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’ inspired my ideas for the story. There are fantasy elements alongside science-fiction and I examine the relationship between the two. What is fantasy and magical to one character may be scientific technology to another character.
Later in life I decided to turn that idea into a book and wrote the first chapter. I wasn’t able to finish it at the time due to my intense studying and earned BSc (hon) in Natural Sciences, a MSc in Computer-based Information Systems and a Postgraduate Certificate in Computer Aided Graphical and Technological Applications.
Fifteen years later I found that first chapter and it inspired me to continue writing again. I have no qualifications in writing except as a hobbyist, so writing my first novel was a real challenge. I’m glad I persevered and got a publishing contract with Cosmic Egg Books.. At the same time, I was offered another contract to publish ‘Part II: Land of Eternal Stars.’ The second book is currently in the editing phase and won’t be due out until 2016.
I have created a rich alternative world full of its own animals, vegetation and dynamic landscapes, from jungles to deserts to volcanoes. It is a unique world where its axis only allows the sun to shine on one side, leaving the other side in complete darkness. I have tried to give the locations in the book a real sense of life and place. I wanted to make them as believable as possible. I would always tell myself whilst writing. “My characters deserve a real place to live.”
As the first book in the series ‘Part I: Scripture from the Past’ introduces the reader to the world of Alkoryn, a humble idyllic setting, where the sun never sets. I wanted to give Alkoryn a radiance of harmony, peace and high morality and the Alkoryn people a self-sufficient community who are highly productive without being industrial. Daimeh’s life changes when he finds an unusually alien body washed up on the shore of the glorious Galunda Bay. What had burdened the bay?
His aunt Cresadir performs an autopsy on the body and as the story unfolds, Daimeh realises all is not what it seems and the opportunity arises for him to explore beyond the borders of Alkoryn. With his aunt by his side they embark on a journey they had only dreamt of and reveal an enriched world of mysterious technology, peculiar creatures and an advanced civilisation; secretive and led by a single council who seek to evolve themselves into a perfect race.
‘Part I’ focuses on the light side of the planet and ‘Part II’ the dark side. This does not necessarily mean good and evil. Although I have always enjoyed the concept, I wished to pull it apart a bit and offer a neutrality between the two. You decide which side you are on.