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Colin R Parsons
Colin R Parsons

All About Colin R Parsons

Colin R Parsons was born on November 8th 1960 in the Rhondda Valley in South Wales, in the UK. The R in the middle of his name stands for Ryan and was given to him by his grandfather.

He loves to write in many genres, such as: Sci-fi – Fantasy – Steam Punk and The Supernatural. J R R Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” inspired him to write his first illustrated series – the Wizards’ Kingdom trilogy, which he launched in 2005. All his books are filled with suspense, magic and fun. His next two novels – The Curious World of Shelley Vendor and the sequel The Curious World of Katie Hinge were both based on World Book Day, and are very popular. Crank Tech One – DESTRUCTION was his first dabble into sci-fi.

Colin got his first traditional publishing deal in 2013 with House of Darke by Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie. He’s since had many more books published by them with: D.I.S.C. – GHOSTED and Wizards’ Exile.

In January 2019 Colin signed traditional publishing contract with another publisher ThunderPoint Publishing Ltd for his first Young Adult book of short stories – The Man with the Black Shoebox and Other Strange Stories. The book is to be published in 2020. He also brought out his very first picture book for 5 -7 year olds, in March 2019 after signing a traditional contract with Haus of Clare.

Amaya’s Imagination “Traffic Cone Trouble” is a fun and colourful picture book adventure.

 

 

Colin’s School Visits

Colin can deliver an entertaining and inspiring assembly/presentation to all primary school aged children. His visits are fun-filled and exciting.

With his workshops Colin works with key stage 2 and 3, Years 3 – 8.

A typical author visit is an hour presentation in an assembly hall or theatre. He can address the whole school, depending on the room available, or run individual presentations to different year groups.

    The main presentation can be to an audience of anything up to 1000 primary school children. He begins by talking about himself and how he started on the road to his writing career.

He also integrates his short stories and other books into the session.

Colin does comedy sketches on stage, such as – ‘An FBI agent chasing an ice cube’ and his famous ‘Biscuit’ routine.

There is also a Q&A at the end where students can ask anything they like about his writing career.

 

 

 

Workshops for an author visit can be tailored to the individual school. Colin can discuss the day in either a phone call before hand, or an email, where both author and teacher can work out the event.

 

Colin explains (in a fun way) how to begin writing a story, exploring narrative adding characters and dialogue. Colin will also reveal how he develops a character and how to come up with character and place names – even how to add a twist.

Colin can also read a chapter from one of his books and afterwards take a book signing and sell books to the children.

 

After the presentation and workshop the children are inspired to write for themselves. The short story for the workshop is open ended and they can finish it off and put their own slant on it. Colin’s aim is to inspire the pupils to go on and write exciting stories, filled with excitement and magnetic characters. Pupils are normally bubbling with ideas at the end of the session.

Colin has also recently introduced fiction-writing workshops with a First World War theme in commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of the war.

In schools, Colin will take his own banners and props, but if the school could provide a dry wipe board and dry wipe marker for the workshop, that would be great.

 

Colin’s Books

Traffic Cone Trouble!

Join General Amaya and her army of traffic cones for an exciting adventure. On the motorway.

 

Ghosted

Who would have thought that an after-school project could cause so much devastation. Four school children, Megan, Carol, John and Alan have accidentally released the spirit of an evil headmaster – imprisoned in the bowels of the school for two hundred years. The children are now “Ghosted” – not quite dead, and not truly alive, their souls stolen. What, if anything, can they do to return to the land of the living? Omar the Magnificent is their only hope, but is he a spiritual medium, or a fake? But… he may know someone! Killian Spooks is a Supernatural Soul Catcher. With the aid of his friends – Tornado Screech and Cleo Smoke – he might be able to help them. There is danger at every turn, and the journey to the light is getting darker by the hour!

House of Darke

House of Darke

Zade, Tina, Pip and Meadow are four teenagers enjoying an end-of-summer bike ride that is until a mist descends, leaving them stranded at a picnic area in the middle of the countryside. What can they do? The grey fog is dense and they can’t see a metre in front of them. They abandon their bikes and set off to seek help. Finding shelter by way of the secluded country house owned by the wealthy and charming Lord Epacseon Darke, they had no idea what would happen next. Welcome to House of Darke enjoy your stay!
Wizards Kingdom

Wizards’ Kingdom Book 1
His first and very exciting book which starts with the Evil warlock Evilan taking over the Kingdom in which the five wizards’ live.  There are five castles in Wizards’ Kingdom and everyone lived a simple but happy life.  Lord Torsk as ruler, Zendal, Crasmont, Mydar and Evilan looked after the rest of the kingdom. The population were protected by their peers and that’s how life went on.  Torsk lives in Spellock Castle and rules with the respect of the other wizards’ until Evilan makes his move.
Now times are changing and with Torsk locked in his own dungeon and with Evilan seeking out the other wizards’ with his army of Seekers and Kites what will become of the Kingdom? Loof the Catchet, enters the adventure and things become more complicated for Evilan as time progresses……

The obelisk of ashmar

The Obelisk of Ashmar Book 2

Since the defeat of Evilan, Wizards’ Kingdom has lived in peace under the benevolent rule of Zendal.  Until now… Zendal’s beloved stallion, Shim, has been stolen and an evil foreboding once again fills the wizards’ heart.  Along with fellow wizards, Crasmont and Mydar, and with assistance from old friends and new, Zendal must set out for the Obelisk of Ashmar, to fight an unknown enemy in his bid to rescue Shim.
But will the wizards’ magic amulets be enough to keep them safe, as they encounter the witches of Caylan, vicious Kites and brutal Seekers, on their journey towards a deadly battle with evil.
The Obellisk of Ashmar continues the adventures of the Wizards of Wizards’ Kingdom and their friend Loof the Catchet.  Once again, their skills, spells and team spirit are called upon to save the day, and this time the safety of the whole kingdom is at stake.

Jarraks darkness

Jarrak’s Darkness book 3

The Obelisk Of Ashmar is crumbling and Jarrak, the evil Catchet, has been defeated.   Yet in his dying moments, he cast a wicked spell on Loof, brainwashing him into attacking Wizards’ Kingdom.  Accompanied by Evilan and a vicious army of Kites and Seekers, Loof marches toward’s Spellock Castle.
King Zendal with the help of the wizard’s: Crasmont and Mydar and his faithful Stallion Shim, must set out after them and fight his enemies one last time.  Struggling across a landscape plunged into perpetual winter, the wizard’s encounter life-threatening perils and the hostile Demonites.
Only their faith in each other can give them enough strength to face their final destiny.  Without this, Loof’s evil reign will overwhelm Wizards’ Kingdom forever…

Shelley Vendor

The Curious World of Shelley Vendor Book 1

Shelley is thirteen, a bookworm and accident prone.  Whilst on a school trip with her best friend Katie, her whole life is turned upside down as curiosity grips her and she is thrust into the weird world of Reflections.
Lost in an unusual, and yet increasingly familiar landscape filled with dangers, Shelley tries to make sense of the odd creatures and bizarre circumstances which brought her there.  She soon has to stop thinking and start running however when ‘The Hunter’ appears.  An evil overlord, he and his Razzard wolves will stop at nothing to capture her. Can new found friend Kevin help her?  Or will she take advice from the mysterious ‘Voice from the Void’?  She must find her way home somehow, or stay imprisoned in this strange world forever.  If you read and enjoyed my previous series, you will definitely love my new Curious World book.

Katie Hinge

The Curious World of Katie Hinge Book 2

Shelley has disappeared!  Lord Fairbourne and Shadrack Scarrat have been murdered!
But who has done such a thing?  Monkey is lost without Katie and needs her to come back to Reflections and help find Shelley.
Kevin has gone on a crusade all on his own.  The ‘Voice from the Void’ tells them all they need to know is below the witch’s den!
Is there another side to Reflections, a more dangerous and even darker side?
Maybe Via can help them – but who is Via?  There is danger and mystery waiting at every turn.
Katie, Monkey and Kevin…must keep their wits about them in this final, exciting adventure!

Crank Tech One

Crank Tech One: Destruction

Bailey is an author who needs a model to promote his new Sci-fi novel. He eventually finds his character, Crank Tech One at Andy’s Sci-fi auction. But writing about a renegade robot and actually owning one are two different things. When his plans go wrong, what can he do? Can his younger brother, David help him? or are they both in way above their heads.

Some Robots Should Be Left Well Alone…

 

D.I.S.C. Direct Interface Shadow Control (Pegasus Elliott Mackenzie 2017)
Joseph Lanes is lying on the ground, in the mud, battered and bruised from another encounter with the bullying McKenzie brothers. A fairly normal occurrence for fifteen-year-old Joseph. Being skinny and ginger makes him a frequent target and Joseph has given up trying to fight back. Little does Joseph know that his life is about to change forever. As he painfully starts to get up he notices, in the undergrowth, a small disc with a flashing light that he cannot resist the overwhelming urge to press. He is immediately transformed into a soldier, complete with a sophisticated full body protective suit, and powers he had never imagined. But he does not appear to be on Earth. He is not alone. There are four other teenagers, two boys and two girls, who seem to have been transported in a similar manner to himself. They soon discover they are not who they think they are and they have a terrible mission to fulfil.

Reviews and Recommendations

‘Colin ran the day really well. His delivery was entertaining and informative. The children were fully engaged and produced some great writing. They really enjoyed his visit.’ Jan

‘I just wanted to say that Colin Parsons was amazing; the children really enjoyed his workshop and his passion really inspired the children.
Thank you, I really appreciate your help.’ Stacey Freeman – Heathlands School

‘I have read Shelly Vendor for the second time this month, I love it!!! I can’t wait to read your other books, I want to be be a author one day like you, I think you gave me the final boost up when you came to Able Writers Day, it was quite a long time ago, but I will always remember it, I still have the mini story we wrote with you, Death-Trap, I think I`m going to extend it and trying put it in my own book.
I have also written a whole book, you were really the one who really inspired me to do that.’

“We thoroughly enjoyed the informative and entertaining assembly and workshop you gave. The assembly was both funny and exciting and really captured the pupils’ imagination. It was a real roller coaster ride through the Wizards’ Kingdom trilogy with a sharp turn into The Curious World of Shelley Vendor and short visits to Katie Hinge and Crank Tech One. Every pupil was inspired and engaged in you every word. The Year 6 workshop was a perfect follow-up. They benefited from the in-depth discussion on writing fiction and interactive, thought provoking short story you read.
I know that the pupils have been influenced by your visit and your books we have in our library are evidently popular with them all.
Thanks once again.” Mr Kyle Winter (English Teacher) at Bryncethin Primary School.

“Colin R Parsons has made several visits to our school, since becoming an author, and has always been a source of inspiration to our pupils. His stories are captivating and the characters are appealing to children across the Primary age range. His animated presentations are a popular addition to our literacy provision, and have been invaluable in explaining and engaging pupils in the writing process. We are grateful for the input he has given to our school and look forward to working with him again.” Alison Hall, (English Teacher) Williamstown Primary School.

“Thank you so much for an invaluable visit to our school yesterday. The children were enthralled and gained a tremendous amount from the experience. The level at which the presentation and workshops were pitched (Keystage 2) was just right and the children were extremely impressed with meeting a ‘real’ author. It has been inspirational and we will recommend your visits to other schools.” Mrs Elizabeth Wheeler, (English Teacher) Llanilltud Faerdref Primary School

“World Book Day was a huge success at our school yesterday. Colin led fantastic presentations throughout the day which made the day really special and one that the children will remember. It was everything I envisaged and had clearly explained to Colin Parsons. Feedback from children and staff was wonderful! Colin was inspiring and motivating to all our children. It was wonderful to see the children so engaged with his animated tales and for our younger children, the opportunity to listen to his new book but also have fun and see them laugh. For all our children but especially our more reluctant boy readers and writers, Colin was extremely inspirational and spoke enthusiastically about his work as an author. He was able to share with them the importance of reading, using the power of imagination but most importantly getting the message across that they can achieve anything with hard work and perseverance!” Deputy Head, St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery

To Make a Booking

To make an enquiry about Colin Parsons, or any of the other authors, poets & illustrators listed on this website, please phone Trevor Wilson on +44 (0) 1535 656015, or email him at trevor@caboodlebooks.co.uk