Scriggler Interview series is designed to shine the spotlight at some of the more popular Scriggler contributors and to help them promote their books.
5 Sentences about you.
Born in London July 1954 and abandoned by birth mother (father unknown) spent formative years in children’s home.
I took early retirement due to a succession of injuries and took up photography, rescuing/training dogs, writing books and poetry.
I over the past four years have written six children’s books with more to follow, a self help book called ‘Battle Scarred Journey’ and just completed ‘Light and Dark’ a book of photos and poems.
I am free from the confines of self/ego and enjoy nothing more than the rescuing of not only my dogs but in helping/training humans to enjoy theirs.
My happy place is sitting next to a stream with my dogs and nature...
5 Sentences about the books:
There are six books in the series of Jonny Plumb Adventures.
There is a serious message here for children also about being a special child, such as orphaned and ones that have a ‘gift’.
The stories are paced very quickly to hold the younger readers attention.
There is an educational theme to all these books. Jonny's philanthropic mission speaks about the human angle.
These types of stories also aid in developing their imagination and thought.
5 Sentences about one of the books’ characters.
The main character is a boy called Jonny Plumb who is an orphan
Jonny discovers his bath is awash with friendly sea life who show him the magical golden globe
Jonny is a star child and his star parents come from the Sombrero Galaxy
Jonny can talk to animals and owns two Rotweilers called Legend and Legion
Unbeknown to Jonny, he also has magical powers which he can use to defeat bad
Why do you think people should read it?
Its jaw dropping adventures that can excite everyone young and old
Who is your ideal reader?
I wrote it for adults to read to children and added adult humour but it’s really aimed at children aged eight and upwards
Other authors you admire — especially contemporary. Anyone stands out in particular?
To be honest I am too busy writing to read much but one man I do admire and like is Clancy Tucker
Jimi Hendrix of course
How are you approaching the promotion of the book so far?
Promotion for me is the most tedious of jobs which I hate but if I want to sell my books, then I have to promote not only my wonderful books but also myself, which is hard for a quiet reserved man like me. I am still learning.
What resources are you using, what events are you attending?
Online, such as Scriggler (great site) beBee, LinkedIn and my publishers website and of course my own www.kimwheeler.co.uk. Donating to schools, friends and libraries.
Cover design and editing — who did you use and how was the experience?
I used Julia Fioravanti who skill in paper cutting is unsurpassed but she is also a wonderful artist who brings my ideas to life in her drawings. I wasn’t looking for straight line perfection I was looking for drawings that children could copy and drawings that children could easily understand.
How can people stay in touch and keep up with latest news about you and your books?
Will be launching a newsletter soon, for now the best place to stay in touch is my author page on Facebook.
Favourite author/publication on Scriggler.
Mine, of course
Print or ebook? (both in general and how do you approach this for your book?)
Both and I let my publishers worry about that, they earn enough from me so they can work for every penny, although I am the first to admit that I prefer a book.
If anyone is interested in doing a review — how should they approach you?
Ring on 077386 71594 or via my email email@example.com
Jonny Plumb's latest adventure: