Well, it's been a busy, busy last six months; full of writing and editing and proofing and more writing and editing and some additional proofing and last minute fixing up stuff. But finally...
The first two books of my new sports series for kids Football High are finally here. Yes, Book 1: Young Gun and Book 2: Fire Up! hit stores today and I'm very excited.
To be honest, soccer, or rather football as the rest of the world knows it, has never really been my code. So when I set about writing a book about a high school where they specialise in teaching young players all about the beautiful game, not only did I need to do some serious research so I could make sports action burst off the page, I also needed to work out just how I, a 43 year old spectacularly, unsporty high school English teacher was going to get inside the head of a 12 year old football superstar in the making.
That's when I remembered... I went to high school. And in some ways, I've never left. I teach high school kids. Not only that but my own daughter started high school last year. I see first hand everyday the growing pains and tribulations of starting high school and suddenly being thrust into a brand new, highly intimidating environment. Year 7 is a tough adjustment for most kids but for kids trying to prove themselves at an elite level of sport? Well, it seemed like a good excuse to ramp up those awkward high school social moments even more.
Anyway, like all good coming of age stories, (or bildungsroman, if you want to get all German and English teachery), Football High has a ton of friendship, a smidge of romance, an unfriendly rivalry with the school jerk, parent problems, a mean English teacher, a brief but embarrassing booger moment and quite a bit of football. In short everything you could possibly want in a sport series about a high school where they get to play football all the time! (well, not all the time, but a lot of it).
Hopefully, if you love football or even if you just love reading about ordinary kids with extraordinary talents dealing with regular and not so regular problems (like what to do when you're the son of a Premier League and Socceroo Living Legend but your dad doesn't know you)...
Then hopefully, you'll enjoy reading Football High as much as I enjoyed writing it. Young guns go for it!
(Sorry, that last sentence is an early Wham reference that only people who grew up in the 80s and were massive music dags will actually get. What can I say? I'm not so young anymore).