Author G. L. Jackson
Born April 1989, United Kingdom.
Married with children.
Describes himself as : I find it hard to describe myself, as I donít lead a normal life and have standard hobbies and interests. As mentioned below, for years I was an unconfident individual. So, I decided a while ago that my hobby was going to be, spontaneity. If I like the sound of something, whether it be a new job or activity, Iíll give it a go.
Current project : Writing the series of fantasy, Rivaria.
Web site : Currently under construction.
Working Life/History : My career is bizarre to look at on paper. Up to press I have worked as a: cook in a pizza takeaway, sales assistant, warehouse operator, administrator, IT trainer and teaching assistant for adults with additional learning support needs. Iím also a qualified fitness coach and I am now part way through a computer science degree. Some might say, I have absolutely no idea what Iím doing. I say (although they may be partially correct) I know exactly what Iím doing. Iím building character, Iím building a catalogue of skills/experiences and Iím making my work life more interesting.
Life Now, And MyFuture Outlook : I found articulating myself in speech and in writing highly difficult for a number of years. I never realised until a later age that I was actually dyslexic. At first the diagnosis was a relief, yet it didnít erase the many years of feeling inadequate. So, I realised that fear was the main reason. I feared that my writing would never be good enough. I feared criticism from others, when I was already highly self-critical, and it stopped me from pursuing something I have a real passion for.
It took long time to convince myself that my writing was good enough to allow other people to read. It started with poems and short rhyming childrenís stories. All the while, I kept on mentally drifting off into the now named Riveria and adding more content to the story. Until I eventually had a whole world created and a whole story to write. I was still hesitant though, because I felt that the story was still missing something. Then, I looked at my daughter one morning. She was born with a disability that was completely unique to her, and limits her life in so many ways. She canít walk without aid and she is still unable to talk, as well as many other complex needs. Yet, she is so happy, so contented, and an absolutely wonderful person.
Although highly disabled, she brings happiness to everyone around her, and with a smile, can lift the mood of anyone. It was then that I realised what the story was missing; a special kind of hero. Heroes are typically, highly intelligent, sometimes rich, and have obvious talents and traits; I wanted mine to have more substance and depth. The world is full of people who are quite simply incredible. Yet, they will most likely never receive the praise they deserve. Anyone who has a disabled person in their lives, family or friend, will realise they have a way of bringing out the best in those around them. Like my daughter is to me, they are heroes in their own way. The story was missing something and I had found it; a disabled protagonist. But, I also decided, not to stop at just one protagonist. The first book in the fantasy story follows Deacon Thomas, who is the father of a disabled child. Each book thereafter will follow a different character and unveil, what I believe, to be an intricate and unique story.
I find it hard to describe myself, as I donít lead a normal life and have standard hobbies and interests. As mentioned above, for years I was an unconfident individual. So, I decided a while ago that my hobby was going to be, spontaneity. If I like the sound of something, whether it be a new job or activity, Iíll give it a go. If someone tells me what they think Iím capable of, I ignore them and do better. I once asked a charity radio station if they had any positions as a volunteer, because I was studying media at college and wanted some experience. They said, Ďcan you DJ?í I said, ĎI have absolutely no idea, but Iíll give it agoí. Nearly a year later I had recorded a show every Wednesday. Were they awful? Absolutely. I was a terrible DJ, but I did it and it was great fun.
Riveria The Awakening is my first book to be published, there are many more books in the Riveria saga to come. Additionally, I have begun working on others, albeit in completely different genres to fantasy. But, just like my working/personal life, I will lead my writing in the same direction, spontaneous and unexpected; youíll never know what Iím going to write next.
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