We’re working with the fun, wacky new author Ian Webster. Ian has just released his first (woo!) kids illustrated book ‘Dad the Dog and the Evil Scientist’. It’s the first in a planned series and it’s a great, fun read (and we’re adults!).
We recently had a phone chat with Ian about his book and his plans, enjoy!
The book is set on the idiosyncratic little island of Sparton Wells and tells the story of one man’s search for freedom against overwhelming odds – Oh hang on a minute no it doesn’t. It tells the story of a brave nine year old girl and her special canine companion who must undertake the most daring heist in the island’s history and do battle with the evil Dr Ooodleboodledoo in order to save the world as we know it. Welcome to a world where the mayor is chosen from a tombola at the island fair, wind turbines are tuned to play classical music as they turn and taxis are zoomed around the island by racing drivers. Oh yes and watch out for the poo flinging monkeys . . . This is a story of intrigue, drama, suspense and lots of silliness.
Is it part of a series? Are you planning any more?
Oh yes, Dad the dog will be a series and there will be more characters and more silliness.
What inspired you to write the book?
The catalyst for me was my wife. She would listen to me tell stories to our girls and encouraged me to actually put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard). It may just have been a ruse so that she could enjoy programs such as Downton Abbey without interruption, but I’ll stick with the idea that it was a positive piece of encouragement.
Who do you think will enjoy reading the book?
The book has been created for children and the adults reading with them. I hope that there is something in the book for young and not so young alike. There’s nothing better than reading a book with your child and both of you chuckling away. I also think Paul’s superb illustrations also help bring the book to life.
Which authors, dead or alive, inspire your writing?
Without a doubt it has to be Spike Milligan, Tom Sharpe and the like.
When is your book available to purchase and from where?
Now from Amazon in Kindle Fire format:
and also in the Original Kindle and Paperwhite format:
In February it will also be available in iPad format