Hi I'm Colin R Parsons, and I write children's and adult fiction.
I was born on November 8th 1960 in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales. The R. in the middle of my name stands for, Ryan, given to me by my grandfather. I've always enjoyed writing from a kid. I was never any good at maths or science, but writing felt more natural.
I was a member of Tonypandy library growing up (and still am today) but I wasn’t an avid reader. Instead I'd listen to audiocassettes of H.G.Wells - The Time Machine and, The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I'd lay in bed, headphones on, when I was supposed to be sleeping.
I also enjoyed reading C.S. Lewis's, The Lion,The Witch and The Wardrobe, which totally excited my imagination. I had to read it out loud in class at Williamstown Primary school. The thought of walking through a piece of furniture and visiting another world, ‘blew my mind.’ I hated reading in class though. Who knew later in life that I'd be leading talks in assemblies, standing in front of hundreds of pupils.
I left school at sixteen, and writing for quite a few years. I didn’t start again until my early forties.
I once wrote a short story called 'Halfway home,' and sent it to Crystal Serenades Publications. I eventually sent 24 short stories to them. CSP brought out an anthology; 'When Darkness Comes,' an adult horror and that was my first real break.
Borders - the American book store opened in Llantrisant - South Wales in 2006. I was asked to launch the children's section on opening day. With my first book; Wizards' Kingdom. I did two talks and sold a 100 books that weekend.
I'd like to thank Derek Jones for the clever and captivating art-work for my first six books. He's my long time friend and a brilliant artist. My recent cover's IU-137 was created by Peculiar Parsnip. House of Darke and D.I.S.C. was created by Pegasus my publisher.
On Friday April 12th 2013, I became a self employed writer...
Here are my books in order:
Always Just Behind short story in When Darkness Comes (CSP 2004)
Wizards' Kingdom book 1 (Athena Press 2005 reprint Tallyberry Publishing)
The Obelisk of Ashmar book 2 (Athena Press 2006 reprint Tallyberry Publishing)
Jarrak's Darkness book 3 (Athena Press 2007 reprint Tallyberry Publishing)
The Curious World of Shelley Vendor book 1 (NSP 2009 reprint Tallyberry Publishing 2011)
The Curious World of Katie Hinge book 2 (Tallyberry Publishing 2011)
Crank Tech One: Destruction (Tallyberry Publishing 2012)
Chills On A Knife Edge short story in Welsh Celebrity Ghost Stories (Bradwell Books 2014)
Inside the Dark short story in ETO magazine (Ameri-Cymru Publishing 2014)
House of Darke (Pegasus 2015)
The Oogalee short story in Inspirations/Awen (library binding 2015)
IU-137 (Tallyberry Publishing July 31st 2015) ebook only
Shady Close short story in Dark Gathering - Tales of Horror & Mystery (Oct 2016)
DISC Direct Interface Shadow Control (Pegasus January 2017)
Death Trap (DramaScape 2017)
Ghosted (Tallyberry Publishing 2017)
Beans (short story post apocalyptic: not published)
TRAM (short story set in a parallel universe: not published)
Amaya's Imagination (not published)
Wizards Exile (fantasy novel set in the future mid-production)
Villians - Mother Quartz (adult detective series - written not published)
Villians - Rogue S-B (mid-production)
Villians - Ghost Droid (in-production)
I am a member of: The Scattered Authors Society (SAS) - Dragontongue - Literature Wales - Authors Abroad & Contact an Author. I've also got profiles on Facebook and Twitter and LinkedIn and AboutMe. Wattpad & Smashwords.
Likes and Dislikes
I love Formula One motor sport and tennis. I also enjoy Sci-Fi, such as Dr Who, Star Trek and StarWars, and of course Fantasy like Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and Game of Thrones. There's an explosion of great sci-fi and fantasy and thrillers from the states. Revolution-Grimm-Almost Human-Under the Dome-Tomorrow People-Unforgettable-Bates Motel, to name but a few.
Strawberry milkshakes and Thourntons liquorice-toffee sweets are my downfall... I also love taking long walks during the summer with my wife. 'I love visiting Laugharne in west Wales near Pendine where Dylan Thomas lived and created his most popular poetry Under Milk Wood.'
I hate cold, dark, long winters. Stepping out of the shower when there is no towel, and listening to people tell you how important they are. I also hate it when people promise things and don't keep their word.