|Met Graduate’s Fantasy Story Released for Halloween|
Children across the UK are building up to Halloween by reading a new children’s fantasy story written by a Swansea Metropolitan graduate.
Rich Pitman, aged thirty-one, graduated from Swansea Met with a degree in recreation management in 2001. The qualified teacher, who currently works as a sergeant for Gloucestershire Police, last year came up with an idea for a children’s fantasy series based around a character called Jimmy Threepwood. The first book of five, entitled ‘Jimmy Threepwood and the Veil of Darkness’, follows the perilous story of an eleven-year-old boy taken to a world of magic and evil and trained to one day fulfil his destiny and destroy the world.
The Jimmy Threepwood series has secured Rich a five-book deal with Plymouth-based company Ghost Publishing. The next instalment, ‘Jimmy Threepwood and the Elixir of Light’, is already in development.
Rich, who now lives in Caldicot, said: “It all happened very quickly. I’ve always enjoyed writing as a hobby but my family were surprised when they read the draft copy. In the short term I want children to enjoy and become immersed in the story. I am hoping that my story will inspire people to have a go at writing and stretch their imaginations to their limits.
“In the long term I hope that the five stories have an impact on people’s lives in the way Harry Potter did. I hope these stories continue the good work of J.K. Rowling and introduce reading to the next generation of children.”
‘Jimmy Threepwood and the Veil of Darkness’ was released last week and is available in all major bookstores and online.
Published: Monday 29th October 2012