The Amazing Adventures of Jimmy Crikey by Wallace Briggs


Wallace Briggs

Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.

Wallace Briggs (1943 – present). Happily married to Pat in 1964, who I first met at the age of eleven. Early years were experienced in and around Durham never living more than 5ml distance from the Cathedral. Married in 1964, Pat and I spent many happy years in the North East of England before employment almost took us off to emigrate to South Africa. But plans were changed in the final weeks and the company moved the family Sussex. After more than twenty years in Sussex, then Hampshire, employment was again responsible for the move to beautiful rural Lancashire, where we still reside. I am now retired from a long career in sales and marketing of technical products in the UK and international markets. Jimmy Crikey was born one rainy day during a family holiday in Great Yarmouth, to entertain my son and his new-found friends for an hour or so. The story expanded over the following showery afternoons in the cramped confines of a beach tent, and more and more adventures were required to keep the children entertained. I look forward to sharing the adventures of Jimmy Crikey with a wider audience in the hope that they will bring a sense of wonder and enjoyment to another generation.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

The sixth book in the Adventures of Jimmy Crikey, and the most recently published is subtitled Radioactive. I was inspired to write it to expand on the impossible relationship between Jimmy and Annison, a mermaid who lived in the Emerald LAke beneath Roombelow. Hoc these two young people continue their relationship when Annison is restricted to the world of water?

Do you have any unusual writing habits?

I don't plot out my stories. I pick up the pen (fuguratively) and start writing and the ideas flow from the ether onto the page.

What authors, or books have influenced you?

the children's authors who most influenced me were Enid Blyton and Tolkein.

What authors, or books have influenced you?

the children's authors who most influenced me were Enid Blyton and Tolkein.

What are you working on now?

A more mature theme of a man recovering from a stroke whose mind is rearranging itself as he heals.

What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?

I rely for social media for most of my promotion work, in particular Face Book

Which Websites you like most to promote your book

Authors Glow and All Author are my go to promo sites

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Write, write and write again - and then find a good editor and bear the cost!

What is the best advice you have ever heard?

Keep trying and don't be put off by negative comments

What’s next for you as a writer?

Learning how to use Mailchimp for promotion

If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?

Where the Lion Feeds, Lord of the Rings, the Bible

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