Colin R Parsons
Teachers and Librarians
Hi, teachers, librarians, writing circles and reading groups. That's covered everyone I think. I have a schools page on my website, but I thought I would tell you a little about what I do.
I really enjoy running school workshops and I start with a quiz; this is in the shape of cards with titles on. I hold them up for the children to give me quick-fire answers (this is to break the ice and let the pupils get to know me). I use prop's and mime to make up a story, which the pupils set the characters and plot. I also love doing author talks in assemblies, with a few hundred children. I am very animated and involve everyone in the audience. Not all children like to read, but after seeing me role-play my adventures on stage - even the most reluctant of reader will join in and have fun.
My books are filled with fast-paced excitement, impossible situations and danger that only a super-hero can escape. If you want to know more, go to the Schools Page and check out the pics and info. My books are on the ...wait for it! Books Page.
Adult readers groups and writing circles: I craft my talks so that audiences will enjoy, no matter what age.
Email me through my Contact Page for info on my fee. Thank you.
Crank Tech One: DESTRUCTION - latest book
My latest book will be called 'Crank Tech One: DESTRUCTION', a Sci-Fi novel, and will be part of a three book series by Tallyberry Publishing. Everything is going to plan and I'll let you know how the book is proceeding. It's launch will be at Waterstones Cardiff on Saturday September 22nd 2012.
Interview - Buddy Magazine
In July I'm doing an interview and promoting my new book for the launch in Cardiff later in September. The Editor of Buddy Magazine; Simon Weaver will be asking me questions for the 'About the Author,' column and the book cover and blurb will be put on the 'Bookshelf' page, to advertise the book when it's published.
I will be doing an author interview this week, on Tuesday December 2nd 2008 between 9.00pm and 10.00pm on Morriston Hospital Radio. This is in Swansea in West Wales in the UK. The live interview will last approx 15 minutes. I was asked by Paul Rees and his colleague Wyn of V.S. Artz...aka 'The Volts Show.'
On Thursday 16th October listen to www.swindon1055.com/listen between 16.00 and 17.00. Swindon 105.5 Radio will be playing a live interview with me from Borders bookstore in Swindon UK. In the interview I reveal some of my secrets of how I write and where I get my ideas. Why not drop by and listen I know I will.
I really had to think about this review before writing it. There is so much right with Crank Tech One but there is also a lot that is wrong. But overall my experience reading the book was positive. The best thing to say about Crank Tech Run is that it was a fun read. The book is quirky, the story a bit different, it had some fun twists to the story and overall I read it with a smile on my face. I’ve read a lot of “robot” stories and seen a number of “robot” movies and this story was fairly original and not a rehash of plots I had seen before.
However, the writing is very uneven. There are points where I was impressed with a well written section, and then cringing at the writing in another section. Many times the story progressed forward brilliantly – but at other points it relied on hokey contrivances. If the entire book were written up to the standards of its best segments, it would be a five star sci-fi classic. The poor parts had the effect of pulling me out of the story, which is never good.
I am going with four stars because the plot was original, and there were several shining moments in the book.L Sweet 4 stars October 12 2015
Crank Tech One: DESTRUCTION - 'A fast-paced, well-plotted adventure.'
The Wishing Shelf Awards.