Justin’s desire to write is very much rooted in his love of reading and writing a book is something that had been on ‘lifes list’ for many years!
Wanting very much to pass this love of books onto his children, Justin started to play with the idea of writing a children’s story. After completing a writing course, and after much coffee drinking and many screwed up pieces of A4, Escape from Nettle Farm (in its first incarnation) was complete! It then went through many painful rewrites and edits to get to the stage where Justin was ready to say, ‘Finished!’
Justin wanted to write something that would be fun and exciting for parents to read to children, or for children to read independently. Escape from Nettle Farm was a finalist in the 2017 People’s Book Prize and received the Red Ribbon Award in the 2016 Wishing Shelf Book Awards.
Justin’s novel was also reviewed by American magazine Story Monsters Inc, who said, ‘Written well, and paced perfectly to keep young readers engaged’ – Story Monsters
Escape from Nettle Farm was published on 16th November 2016 and is aimed at children aged between 5 and 10.
The second book in the series, Spy Danger, is planned for release in 2018.
Justin has also completed a beautifully illustrated rhyming picture book which is also planned for release in 2018.