Fourteen year old William Dolman has spent most of his life in children’s homes feeling like an outsider. However, his life changes when he receives a mysterious parcel – a book…but all the pages are blank. William starts to have weird dreams about the book and a stranger who seems to be willing him to use it. However, the book still remains a puzzle until one night, as he tries to dodge some of the bullies at the home, he finds himself transported to a strange new world. This is where William’s adventures really begin, as he – along with a selection of rather unusual companions that he meets along the way – sets out to complete a quest to restore a magical sceptre…the Sceptre of Zanafiar.
In an adventure that is filled with excitement yet fraught with danger, William discovers not only a whole new world but also finds himself on a magical journey of self discovery where he learns who he really is and finally discovers his destiny.
Having been brought up on Enid Blyton, my love of children’s magic and fantasy was developed at an early age, with my favourite childhood books being The Enchanted Wood series. As I got older, I continued to read my favourite children’s books (which I still do) but also became a big fan of horror, particularly works by Stephen King. I believe that both of these legendary authors have helped to influence my writing and shape my career, enabling me to write in two distinct and different genres catering for both imaginative children and older readers who enjoy stories with a twist.
For the past eight years I have been working as a successful freelance copywriter, creating content for a global client base and in a variety of different genres. However, writing fiction for children is something that I love to do – and using words to give children the opportunity to explore new lands and different worlds using their imagination, as I did as a child, is something that I take pride in doing. I also love to create stories for older readers under my pen name of Emily Ho. These are stories that are created to provide thrills and chills, with each tale having a surprise twist at the end. Some are horror and supernatural, others are gritty urban dramas – but all have a dark undertone to them.
In my twenties, I won a short story competition judged by Curtis Brown Literary Agency, which helped me to become even more determined to pursue a career in writing – The Journey Home is now one of the short stories available on Amazon under my pen name of Emily Ho.
In my early thirties, I spent eight weeks on a reality TV show on prime time TV, but the less said about that the better!Since then, I have dedicated my time to creating content for clients, which is how I make my living, and creating books/stories that capture the imagination of kids and older readers, which is my passion!