I am Brook! (say hi - or report any pesky typos - at www.brookaspden.com) The most important thing about me is that I have always loved a good story. Whether it be books, films, cartoons, comics, video games or any other form of storytelling – I can’t get enough awesome stories in my life. I am enthralled by tales of good vs evil, fantastical places and awesome powers (if I see an ornate closet I’ll be checking for an entrance to Narnia, every time). As a Kiwi, perhaps it is fitting that one of my favourite childhood memories was my dad reading my brother and I pages from The Hobbit as bedtime stories. I grew up in New Zealand (sorry but no, I cannot introduce you to Gandalf) but am currently living in the UK. Ever since being inspired by those early childhood stories I have been an avid reader and writer. After co-founding the indie publisher Portal Books and editing a number of cool stories from Oliver Mayes’ Occultist to Jonathan Smidt’s Bone Dungeon I finally ventured into publishing stories of my own. My core belief when writing is that my stories should be fun. Stories for me have always been a safe place, where happy endings are not only possible but highly probable. When you are wrapped up in a good story the rest of the world falls away, it’s a kind of meditation, its good for the soul. Stories are my happy place and that’s something I want to recreate for my readers, whatever their age. I hope that my stories, both those already written and those to come, can bring a little bit of excitement, laughter and joy into your life. That’s why I write, to pass on the awesome experiences that so many story tellers have given me over the course of my life, to others. I also write because of my Nana – she was awesome.Read more Read less
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