Hello and welcome to my site! I'm a dad, a husband, and a believer in things magical, which is why I love writing children's books.

Billy and the Match Girl is about a twelve year old boy who travels back in time to stop his Great Gran Milly from contracting the dreaded bone disease, Phossy Jaw in a Victorian match factory. Changing history was never going to be easy and my latest story is an adventure with a magical twist!

* Long listed for the Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP) 2020 Writing for Children Competition. 

 

Echo and the Magical Whispers and Lost Echo are books one and two in THE WHISPERS SERIES, a magical realism about elephants for children aged 9-12. As you may know, the outlook for African elephants is not great, given the poaching that is occurring. The WHISPERS books, written from the elephants' point of view, have a theme of conservation mixed in with the magic with profits going to Elephants For Africa, a registered charity in England & Wales and a registered NGO in Botswana.

Joe and the Ghoul is a magical realism about a modern day Dennis The Menace who meets a Ghoul and steps through a portal in his local art gallery into a world of fantasy (for children aged 9-12). 

New Writing:

Caleb and the Brass Ring (unpublished; manuscript complete).

Caleb knows that the decaying German bunker at Rocquaine Bay on his island of Guernsey is haunted. Samuel Vogel, his nemesis at school, has told him. But when his Grandpa Berty hands him a brass ring that could have saved his Great Grandpa Alfred, a Spitfire pilot, from being shot down during World War 2, and learns of the arrest by the occupying Nazis of his Great Grandma Mary, Caleb knows he has to go back in time to fix things.

Accompanied by his beloved sheepdog, Twitchy, Caleb braves the ghost of ‘Herr Skull and Cross Bones’, emerging from the bunker to find himself back in 1940, days before the Germans will invade the island. 

 

Now begins the tricky bit: persuading Mary and nine-year-old Berty (his Grandpa's younger self) to evacuate before the island is crawling with enemy soldiers, and then finding a way to hand the brass ring to Alfred at his air base on the mainland. All the while, keeping secret who he and Twitchy really are!

An except is included in the News section!

 

My books are available on Amazon under my personal imprint, Magic Ink Press. I am un-agented, but welcoming to an approach for Caleb and the Brass Ring.

 

Comments/ reviews of my books are gladly received, via email (greateditnow@gmail.com), social media (Facebook and Twitter links are below), or via Amazon!

 

Happy reading!

Paul

 

Billy and the Match Girl

 

 

12 year old Billy travels back to 1888 to stop his Great Gran Milly from contracting the  dreaded 'Phossy Jaw' in a Victorian match factory.

Changing history was never going to be easy and this latest story by Paul Haston is an adventure with a magical twist!

Long listed for the Canadian Society of Children's Authors, Illustrators & Performers (CANSCAIP) 2020 Writing for Children Competition.

 

1 THE START OF IT

 

I often wonder about time. Ticking forward, the clocks of history bringing change to our lives.

Like the flyover above our roof. One day it wasn’t there. And those of us beneath were quite happy for its absence. The next, ‘progress’ arrived at Lime Street: vast cranes lifting pylons for the new road; towers of metal that stopped the sun from shining. A giant morphed into the sky, people like me, Ma, Grandpa and Lottie cowering beneath its thunder, breathing the fumes of our newly elevated ‘neighbours’ and their flashy new cars.

“Billy, you’re under my feet,” Ma screeches, positioning the towel between our yellow stained window and its sill.

I pull a face. “It won’t work, Ma,” I say, trying to explain.

 MY BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

JOE AND THE GHOUL is a magical realism for middle grade children. 

 

Joe Waxon-Ears is an angry kid. Taunted at school for his apparent deafness, this modern day ‘Dennis the Menace’ takes out his anger on his class mates and on his long-suffering mother, before a chance meeting with the Ghoul changes everything. At the Ghoul's insistence, he steps through a portal in the art gallery into a world of darkness. A young princess, Eleanor is being pursued by medieval knights and a series of tests of character ensues as Joe battles the forces of evil, stepping in and out of the portal, with only his wits and the help of Hawklet, a strange, talking bird to assist him. 

 

 

 

ECHO AND THE MAGICAL WHISPERS, the first book in THE WHISPERS SERIES.

 

Echo is an ordinary elephant with a magical gift. She hears the voices of dead elephants. Long Horn's tusks must be saved from the poachers or a great flood will destroy the land!

Profits from the book go to Elephants for Africa, a registered charity in England & Wales and a registered NGO in Botswana.

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