Magic, thrills & mystery
Hi, I'm Colin, Sci-fi, Fantasy and Fusion-Steampunk author. I'm also part of Authors Abroad: My books include the Wizards' Kingdom trilogy - The Curious World series & Crank Tech One. Coming soon... House of Darke.
Letter from Four Lanes Community Primary School
This note was handed to me by the pupils of Four Lanes, after I did the Able Writers workshop on Friday November 22nd 2013.
Dear Colin Parsons
Thank you so very much for doing this Able Writers Workshop, and replacing a regular school day, with a fun, entertaining and all round enjoyable one. It was well worth coming and we feel that you inspired us to write amazing stories. You are hilarious and we just love that you gave us this opportunity.
The Four Lanes Able Writers
Thank you kids. I really enjoyed the day too.
Publishers & Agents
I've got House of Darke out there with publisher's and agent's, but no one has bitten thus far. There are still quite a few to get back to me so, all is not lost. To get a contract for my new novel would be fantastic before the end of the year. I'm a bit crazy because, I'm writing two sequel's to two different books at the moment and editing Killian Spooks and the Ghosted Children. All while doing schools and other projects. Here's hoping to a bright end to 2013.
Contact from readers
I received this email from a young reader I met some time back. This is what an author lives for. So, feel free to cantact me in the same way as Rhys Bradbury if you want to keep in touch with my work.
'Hello my name is Rhys and we met a couple of years back at a book signing and you really inspired me. I am only 12.Last year I moved from Wales to Canada.You inspired me to be a writer.So I was wondering if you could make my dream come true. I recently found your two books that you wrote, The Curious world of Shelley Vendor/Katie Hinge. So please get back to me as soon as you can!'
Thank you Rhys and I look forward to hearing from other children too.
House of Darke
I'm in the middle of writing a series of books called: Killian Spooks. The first book will be called Killian Spooks - Ghosted Children. It's a supernatural adventure filled with thrills and excitement in the world of the dead. I've also written an adventure called 'House of Darke.' This will be my first sci-fi/steampunk book. It's with a number of publisher's and agent's at the moment. I'm hoping one will pick it up and offer me a publishing contract. Watch this space!!!
Americymru (the bringing together of two cultures)
I've just joined an organisation which has a Welsh/American connection. The co-founder is Ceri Shaw, originally from Cardiff but now living in Portland in Oragon. The work of Americymru is to join the two cultures. Welsh writer's and Welsh American's can promote work and show how the welsh language can link different countries.
Ceri also started a festival in the US called Wordstock. A brilliant festival for the American people to see and read about welsh writing. Wordstock has been going for four years and has 20,000 people visiting every year and growing. Ceri also has an online magazine called Eto. Eto has articles and competitions and feature interviews.
All in all it's to promote the Welsh in America and I support it one hundred percent.
I've joined the ranks of Authors Abroad.
Being a children's author doesn't only involve writing novels, short stories and doing signings in bookshops. Writing for children, also involves doing school visits. So, I've been lucky enough to join an organisation called Authors Abroad. www.authorsabroad.com This company deals with schools on a regular basis and, I'm doing a lot of workshops with them. I also take schools on directly through my 'Schools Page,' on this website. So teachers; if you want to deal directly with me for a presentation and workshop, go to my 'Schools Page.' This is where all the information is, and on my 'Contact Page.' If you want me to do an Able Writers day at your school, pop over to Authors Abroad and they'll take your booking.
The Curious World of Shelley Vendor was a really interesting and exciting book. My favourite part was finding out Shelley's secret. My favourite character's are the Plogs, because they're really exciting to read about. I read the book in two day's and could not put it down. I bought a signed copy from Waterstones in Camarthen where Colin was signing and I can't wait for 'The Curious World of Katie Hinge' to come out. Aimee Tunstall Camarthen West Wales April 23rd 2011.
Wizards' Kingdom... 'The Obelisk of Ashmar' Thoroughly enjoyed your new book. Just enough background information and recap of the first story to remind the reader of the original plot or for a new reader to see what has previously transpired. It is a 'Stand alone plot' and reading the first story is not a prerequisite. Every chapter has a strong, individual, original storyline. Excellent descriptive language - poetic, evocative mastery, filled with suspense and adventure. Great titles for every chapter... Very exciting climax. This series is a real winner - Alison Hall teacher at Williamstown Primary School