The Flying Monk

A pub full of alcoholic psychics, an apprentice witch who prefers vacuum cleaners to broomsticks and a ghostly black dog that houses the spirit of an eleventh century monk called Eilmer, who history states once built himself wings and flew from the roof of the Abbey, and who has been trying to recreate the feat … More The Flying Monk

Remembering Erika

It would have been my Canadian friend Erika Strobel’s birthday yesterday. I never met her, and without looking it up, I don’t know exactly how old she would have been, but I loved her anyway. We had many mutual friends, and several very dear ones in common, and we would often find ourselves conversing in … More Remembering Erika

Getting back out there

It’s not been the best month. The death of anyone close to you is always a blow, but that of your oldest and best friend is more like being repeatedly hammered¬†by Mohammed Ali. But life must eventually restart, and¬†my book ‘The Multiverse of Max Tovey’ needs attention. The sequel needs starting of course, but before … More Getting back out there

Teenage dyspraxia, anxiety and PTSD within ‘The Multiverse of Max Tovey’

The character of fourteen year old Time Traveller Max Tovey arrived one night, while idly watching something on TV that I wasn’t that interested in. My gaze wandered to the door next to the TV, wondering how many people had walked through that door in the life of the house, imagining the ghosts of occupants … More Teenage dyspraxia, anxiety and PTSD within ‘The Multiverse of Max Tovey’

Bionicle – my actual part in its origins

The Wikipedia page about me says that I’m known mostly for my involvement with Lego Bionicle. Obviously I hope one day that will change to ‘author of ‘The Flying Monk’ and ‘The Multiverse of Max Tovey‘, but for now, Bionicle is arguably my biggest ‘claim to fame’. Not that you’d know it if you looked on Lego’s … More Bionicle – my actual part in its origins

Publication day

So, the day finally came. After twenty five years of¬†being distracted from book¬†writing by the animation industry, my first novel ‘The Multiverse of Max Tovey’¬†is actually released. It’s a strange feeling. Obviously every novelist dreams of being sat in a book shop at this point with eager purchasers¬†queuing around the block, but not all of … More Publication day

So you want to write about Time Travel‚Ķ?

Hmmm. Tricky one. Which way do you go ‚Äď machine, wormhole, spirit guide, something-plugged-into-the-brain‚Ķ? So many choices, so many pitfalls. A few years ago I was watching a film on TV that my wife wanted to watch but about which I wasn‚Äôt that bothered, and my attention drifted lazily to the door into the kitchen … More So you want to write about Time Travel‚Ķ?

Up and running

Well, it’s official, I am now a .com and an @. Ahead of the publication of my first children’s/young adult fantasy novel ‘The Multiverse of Max Tovey’, I now have not only an author site, but I have also joined the Twitterati – I am @alswinn. Not quite sure what to do with it yet, … More Up and running

Afternoon all

Exciting news – my first novel, ‘The Multiverse of Max Tovey’, a children’s and Young Adult fantasy book, is to be published later in 2015 – more news to follow on all the usual social media outlets.