John Sunderland

The curated works of the author & artist

Next Book

6 June 2014

Things are going well with On My Way to Jorvik, it’s selling steadily, and people are loving it, all my Amazon reviews are five star which is really wonderful.

Though my museums and heritage attractions have had multiple millions of visitors which has been an ongoing thrill, discovering someone has made the decision to buy my first book is an even bigger thrill!

So re-inspired I’ve begun work on my next, an eco-thriller. The idea for it has sat in the back of my mind since 1995 while I was working on Celtica, The History of the Celtic People of Wales and Northern Europe in Machynlleth, Powys, North Wales (sorry, but it closed in 2006).

Brochure for Celtica
Brochure for Celtica

For every one of my museum projects, I studied the topics extensively. Once this process was begun I found I stepped into the world of my subjects and sometimes, odd and extraordinary things happened, from the serendipitous to the downright spooky.

Whilst doing Celtica, as I settled in at a local hotel one wild and rainy night I was witness to something very strange. The incident fired my imagination and a fantastic story developed in my mind around it and the mystical history I was uncovering about the Celts. I never forgot what happened that stormy night and I never forgot the story, now it has found its way onto the page. So I’m happy to say, my next literary journey has begun.

FYI: As I write this my sales count of my first book has risen to 88 copies in six weeks, since the initial book signing in York. The reception I received during the UK launch was fabulous.

Here I included the links to my media interviews during those three weeks if you care to read them, Yorkshire Post, The Dalesman (May issue), York Press and the Wakefield Express.

More links, I appeared on BBC TV Look North on Wednesday, 9 April with Harry and Amy.

John Sunderland on BBC TV Look North News Program April 9, 2014
John Sunderland on BBC TV Look North News Program April 9, 2014

The very next day I was a guest on BBC Radio York Drive Time and was asked back by presenter Elly Fiorentini for a longer interview.

Sales of the book in the Jorvik Museum Shop are moving nicely.

On My Way to Jorvik for sale in Jorvik Viking Centre Shop

And there are copies available at IMG_4388

The Hepworth Wakefield Gallery and local independent bookshops, Ken Spelman Rare Books and Gallery (York) and Rickaro Books (Horbury, Wakefield) and on Amazon and Kindle.

If you’d rather use your library card, it’s available to read at the Library of York St John University and at The Wakefield Library. The Wakefield Museum I wrote about in my book is now housed in the new Wakefield Library facility. When I browsed through the museum I was thrilled to find that pieces from the Charles Waterton collection of exotic species from the South American rainforest were included. Some of the ‘animals’ in his collection he fabricated by combining bits from one creature with bits from another! Back then, who knew. They were quite scary and had a strong impact on me (but my mention of the exhibit was eliminated in this edition of my book due to length). Now you possess a little secret of why I loved truanting in the museum. I always loved scary films!

Thanks for reading. Now, I’m off. I got another chapter brewing in my head that’s just steaming to get out.

Cheers!

Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Archives
Recent posts...

Little Quiet Achievements

I have just read that a ‘Bio’ should speak of one’s achievements. Ok here goes. I was born wearing glasses. I got into Wakefield Cathedral

Next Book

6 June 2014 Things are going well with On My Way to Jorvik, it’s selling steadily, and people are loving it, all my Amazon reviews

Subscribe to John's Blog

Subscribe to John’s blog using the form below to stay up to date on his latest creations…and receive a free extract from his upcoming book Tàrbena Times