One rainy summer day, my daughters (8 and 9 years old at the time) were looking for something to do that didn’t involve getting wet. So I gave my girls a story prompt and challenged them to write a story in 30 minutes. They enjoyed it so much that asked for another. I gave them another, and they wrote that one too.
By the time my girls asked for a third prompt (very demanding my daughters), the idea for for my first children’s book had formed. That book – Unleash Your Creative Monster – is a fun, and interactive guide to writing great stories. And I hope it will inspire you as much as my little monsters inspired me.
You can learn more about ‘Unleash Your Creative Monster‘ below.
Since then, I have written a novel for children called ‘Wishes Come in Threes‘ (a genie, a dog, a girl and a mystery), and another about a time traveller called Bob (zombies, punk rock, and banana bread). Those books won’t be out for a while, but I’ll post updates here or on my social media when I have some news.
Be sure to check out my 10 story prompts, 10 tips, and 10 great book recommendations. Follow the links in the menu above.
Wishes Come in Threes
This is my first novel for children, and a special book for me as it was inspired by my daughters.
Here’s what it says on the back of the book:
A heartwarming, tenderly witty debut about belief – in friendship, in yourself and, maybe, in just a little magic.
“I don’t know exactly how wishes work. But I knew a man that did.”
Phyll is having a difficult summer. Her family has moved to the seaside, but it’s a long way from perfect. Her mum is sick, she has an enemy called Hilda, and someone is stealing dogs. Then Phyll meets Mr Djinn – a wise old man who insist s he’s a genie. It’s a tough claim to believe, until Phyll starts wishing for change…
“I have to admit to having tears in my eyes as I finished this wonderful story of friendship, self-belief and magic. My wish is that Andy Jones writes another story as beautiful and moving as this. ― The Red Reading Hub
Unleash Your Creative Monster
Do you want to sharpen your story skills, add bite to your writing and give your creativity claws? Then you’ve come to the right place.
This book contains essential tips for storytellers, the secret weapons of successful authors, and over 50 prompts and exercises to inspire you and your Creative Monster.
Learn about: building characters, designing plot, writing dialogue, using the senses, creating drama and finding ideas. Unleash Your Creative Monster is packed with ideas, tips, tricks, a mad cast of monsters and tons of wonderful illustrations.
“Intelligent, Informative, Inspiring, Accessible, and Lots of Fun.” —David Almond, bestselling author of Skellig