‘From Goats Gruff to Glory’ is one of the funniest books to appear in 2013. It appeals equally to adults and children and is already being hailed as the next big thing in literature. A sequel to the traditional Troll and Goats tale that conjures up a saga making ‘Harry Potter’ pedestrian and has been described as a turbo-charged version of ‘Lord of the Rings’ and the worthy successor to ‘Beowulf’.
Find out how lazy, stinky Eric the Troll is discovered by a female troll more formidable than the Iron Lady herself, is forced into marriage, uprooted from his bridge, and transformed into a successful citizen and a local hero.
Here you’ll discover an exotic world full of strange characters from Boris the Spider with a head for PR and copyrighting to ‘Cheesy‘ Spread, a chimpanzee with a whole raft of dodgy business enterprises including a media empire that aspires to rival News International. And don’t forget Roger a young goat with a personal fortune built on a goat sponsorship scam, and you have a book you just can’t put down.
Targeted Age Group: 8 to adult
Book Price: 99c
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
While the book is targeted at a child’s sense of humor, I’ve added lots of contemporary cultural references that will entertain adults and parents.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
It’s easy to give advice (but people who live in glasshouses… ). Anyway, based on reading a lot of new indie authors lately here are a few thoughts:
1. Not only make sure you are writing for an audience but decide exactly who they are. Many new writers seem to write for themselves, about their own life and use their writing as therapy for venting their personal hurts.
2. Read your book and, in particular the dialogue, and make sure it sounds as natural as possible.
3. Prune down sentences and ruthlessly hunt down the redundant words and phrases.
4. Keep paragraphs as short as possible. This makes you book easier to read.
5. Avoid too much description. It is dialogue that brings the plot to life.
Originally trained as a physicist, I spent much of my life working in engineering, electronics, communications, computer based systems and product marketing. More recently I’ve moved into education and training. I’m a qualified science teacher (with a fear of children) and work for a large corporation as a lead training analyst and consultant. As my output is always written, in a sense, I earn a living from writing.
I’ve written and published lots of papers, articles and short stories on the Internet and magazines, over the years, and have recently published my first novel ‘From Goats Gruff to Glory’ on the Kindle E book Platform. One of my short stories was recently read on stage by a theater company in San Diego alongside global writing legends. Here is the program:
“Love” by Colette, “The Little Heidelberg” by Isabel Allende, “The Dark Stage” by David Plante, “Her Letter” by Brett Harte, “A Real Musician” by Rik Ravado, “Romantics, Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann” by Lisel Mueller. Unfortunately they didn’t tell me they were using it or ask my permission (my legal team will be in touch very shortly!)
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The seeds of this book began when my own children demanded spontaneous bedtime stories. If you have children or care for other people’s and you dare to tell them stories, then you quickly learn what works and what doesn’t. Children are surprisingly creative and quickly build their own narratives but rely on the adult story teller to be the custodian of their imaginings.