Cedo and Billy feature in the Veetu Industries series. Book 1, Mars On The Rise, which is now available in ebook form from Torquere Press.
Print books are available from Amazon and The Book Depository.
Beyond that, above the wide road known as Parson's Way, is the slightly more upmarket area of Whitmoore. Here are a jumble of lodging houses, small hotels and shops that do not know what the are. Junk shops, for use of a better name, with windows and shelves crowded with clothes, books, pots and items for those who have come to create whatever lives in their heads. The buildings of Whitmoore are far prouder than those of Sea View; bigger and painted in an array of gentle colours. It is here, nestled among these buildings that you will find a park. It is a welcome breathing space, ageing trees stretching towards the sun, welcoming the casual visitor to doze beneath their boughs or to dip their toes into the cool waters of the great iron and stone fountain that stands in the heart of the park. During the welcome weeks of summer you will be hard pressed not to smile at the joyful cries of children and the sing-song voices of the hawkers selling fruity ices or toys of the latest inventions. You might even see a white cat chasing a tiny metal walker along a path.
Across the West Road, to the right of Whitmoor, is the area known as Antonovo. The peaceful squares are lined with large, white-washed regency houses. Gates close them off from the world and servants silently roam the hallways, doing the bidding of their masters and mistresses. A railing clad park strands in their heart of each of these squares, mature trees stretching years old branches over carefully tended grass. If you are lucky enough to be invited to Antonovo, enjoy it as you are one of the chosen few to enjoy the decadence that exists behind the closed doors.
Below Antonovo, and facing the sea, is Hinckledon. The more upmarket sister to Sea View, it is where the rich come to play once they have finished at the pier. Hinckledon is home to those who cannot afford Antonovo but have enough to not live in Whitmoore. Artists, actors and the established stars of the theatres and song halls all live in the closely built gabled and pastel coloured houses. The narrow streets and lanes which wind across the city and through Hinckledon are packed with small boutiques and shops selling everything imaginable and a fair few thing you would never imagine. Whether you need them or not is another matter.
2012 was INCREDIBLE!!
Where to start?
"Mars On The Rise" was a huge global success. It put me in the place I wanted to be, the place where I could be financially secure through my art, the place where I could travel, see the world and meet the awesome people who helped me. Book 2 is already out and Book 3 should be on shelves soon. The series has had several bidders for various merchandising deals, including a band wanting to create a concept album around it. The film I had to put the brakes on has been picked up again and has started shooting. The subject is a real sweetheart and I've got a feeling we're going to be friends for a very long time. The other film is also in production and, while wandering around the globe, lots of us have met up and put our thoughts about pen-palling onto film.
I made good on my promise and now I'm working with other artists and getting them to where they want to be. I'm also helping out with several charities, including LGBT and anti-bullying ones.
Physically I'm fine but I've managed to lose the few extra pounds I need to and can finally fit into clothes that I really like.
For the past few months, I've been dating a wonderful guy. He's sweet, funny and accepts me for who I am, warts an' all. We share a lot of the same tastes in things but, at the same time, we've introduced each other to things we wouldn't normally have done. And we have fun doing it! We have our differences, but who doesn't. We're very much in love and that's all that matters.
Thank you to all the wonderful people who've made 2012 an awesome year! You're all wonderful and I love you all!
I'm a great believer in positive thinking making things happen. And heck, the world could use a little more positivity, right?!