Guest Post – Robin Chambers

I have decided to make the I Want Wednesday posts every 2 weeks so look out for the next one on the 3rd December – we’ll be in the month of Christmas!

This Wednesday I’m joined by author Robin Chambers and in his guest post he tells us his story on how he got into writing. Unfortunately, it did not start of happy for Robin, but as they say good things come to those who wait!

robinchambersThe thing about an attempt on your life: it concentrates the mind…

“We’ve come to kill you,” the one with the 2” X 2” piece of mahogany said. Then the other two grabbed me, and he did his best. They were young and strong, and in their twenties. I was not…

After 3 or 4 blows to the head the blood was running into my eyes. After 8 or 9 I remember shouting “DON’T KILL ME!” with a certain amount of urgency. By then they had beaten me to the ground and taken the keys to the house out of my trousers pocket. My wife was locked inside and the alarm was going off: so their time was limited and it was money they were really after…

As is fairly obvious we lived to tell the tale. A neighbour screamed up in a car, lights blazing, and they ran. At the hospital the surgeon who put the sixteen stitches into my head wounds said my hands had saved my life: I’d clasped them over my head and they’d taken the brunt of the blows. It was months before I had full use of them again. My wedding ring had to be cut off…

We identified our attackers, and the police arrested one of them. We both picked him out in an identity parade. Then the police said they would hurry through a gun licence for me: because his family and friends would certainly try and kill us both to prevent us testifying at his trial. That was when Amy and I decided enough was enough.

So within a month our three year adventure had come to an end and we were back in England with our assets in Belize unsold: a lovely house, 31 acres of land along the coastal highway, and a part share in a penthouse suite overlooking a fabulous lagoon in Placencia.

But as one door closes, another opens…

In the 1970s I had written some stories for children, sent them to Penguin and they had published them (The Ice Warrior and Other Stories). But at the same time I had wanted my own school to play with, and when the Inner London Education Authority gave me a BIG one in Hackney, I played with it for nearly fifteen years. It took all of my waking hours.
I promised myself I would again write for children when I retired.

Have you noticed that the best laid plans o’ mice and men gang aft agley? In life as well as war, the first casualty is the plan.

My parents became ill – one with increasingly severe dementia and the other with galloping motor-neurone disease. For seven years my wife and I looked after them, until it was a 24 hour job for both of us and we were doing shifts. Then, between 1999 and 2001, first one, and then the other, didn’t need us to do that any more…

…by which time the first of the daughters I acquired in 1995 had reached university age, and needed help on to the first rung of the property ladder. Her younger sister was just two years behind her. Amy and I did the sums…

…and for the next five years I found myself back where I had started my professional life: in a classroom doing what I did best (for some unfathomable reason) – teaching children English.

I retired for the final time in 2007, and at the beginning of 2008 we started our Caribbean adventure. My idea was to write for children in a tropical paradise; but instead we found ourselves helping a charming Taiwanese couple communicate with the English-speaking world while running a small, successful hotel.

And all this time I had an idea for an amazing story. I just had to find the time to write it. I had the cause and will and strength and means; and of course the time…

And then I nearly died.

So on getting back to England I threw myself into that story. For the last three years I have written for eight hours a day, seven days a week (with the odd wee break here and there); and in that time the first five volumes of what turned out to be a mega-long story clawed their way towards the light of day.

The next five are almost finished: I have only to write them; and with Myrddin’s help (and the healing power in Grace’s hands) I hope I will have the time. And there may even be five more after that…

…because his story is FAR longer than The Lord of the Rings. It may EVEN turn out to be longer than Harry Potter and…

I really hope you’ll visit to find out more. There, among other interesting things, you will find the first ten chapters of Book 1. See if they float your boat.

“I loved them!” said the first agent I contacted. “I was laughing with tears in my eyes…” But that’s another story. I am keen that as many bright children as possible (between the ages of 10-110) should read them: so I have made each volume available from Amazon Direct Publishing for the ridiculously low price of 99p in the U.K. and 99c in the U.S.That’s less than half the price of anything that costs more than twice as much. How good is THAT?!

About Myrddin’s Heir
wizdreamsGordon Bennett was born on 7th August 1999 with extraordinary powers. Where have those powers come from? Who – or what – is “Zack”…? His mother begins to notice that Gordon is different when he speaks his first words at just 5 months old and that’s before the really strange things begin to happen!

Fun, refreshing and certainly different, A Wizard Of Dreams is Book 1 in The Myrddin’s Heir series by author Robin Chambers. Written at a quick, entertaining pace it’s a potent blend of magical intrigue and adventure and whilst the theme is familiar, Chambers has a unique style of writing that sets his work apart. Much more than a trite fantasy plotline his young protagonist is defined in a realistic and empathetic way that pulls the reader through the story with him, and when Gordon interacts with Zack there is always much to be taken from these well observed exchanges. With well-defined characters, Chambers demonstrates a meticulous eye for detail that makes them instantly identifiable and whilst some are more endearing than others they are all very memorable. Each captured with a distinctive tenor that adds greatly to the thematic undertones of his tale. A tale that not only entertains, but encourages thought and timely reflection.

You can purchase Myrddin’s Heir from Amazon UK and Amazon US,

Published by Clare

Book lover, tea drinker and sushi fiend!

3 thoughts on “Guest Post – Robin Chambers

  1. Inspirational.
    So sad that incident occurred to you in Belize. I know it made you stronger.
    You were my headmaster and always were there for the students and always remember you.

  2. Thank you for that kind thought Pauline. I have so many comforting memories of that time, most of them relating to the students I got to know well during my time at Clissold Park > Stoke Newington School.

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