J T W Gray BIO. – WRITING AS J. T. WHEELING. 240709
Trilogy – “Legends of the Ells”
Vol. I “TOMORROW’S CHILDREN”
From his early education in Edinburgh (Scotland U.K.) followed by various courses in economic, law and accountancy in Glasgow, and after the interruption of his National Service in BAOR, J T Wheeling undertook training with a merchant bank in London before returning to Glasgow. After 27 years in financial management, he then moved to full time involvement in venture capital until his retirement.
An avid reader since an early age, and with a collection of short stories and poems written over the years (one to his credit having won him a commendation) he now plans to give full reign to his long held passion for fantasy, and write “indefinitely”. With the three volumes of his Trilogy “Legends of the Ells” completed, he is now considering extending this still further – “Tomorrow’s Children” being the first under publication.This is an extremely exciting fantasy set in Spain. Download first ninety pages from www. Freado.com/book/6216-tomorrows-children-legends-of-the-ells
A family man, with a love of dogs and a passion for music (especially Opera, classical and folk) his hobbies when not reading or writing include golf, ski-ing, walking, poetry, politics, philosophy and modern history. His deep concern for the ecological and economical matters surrounding the future of mankind and the structure of our Universe is reflected in the thought-provoking messages and psychological insights cleverly interwoven into his stories. This has been done without interrupting the constant exciting flow of action and many surprising discoveries.
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I am now in my late seventies, married for almost fifty years and closely
engaged with the development of my grandsons. In good health I continue to walk
the local hills around
I seek to offer a vision of a better possible world to the youngsters of today, hence the writing of 'Legends of the Ells'. To date four books have been written and two published, 'Tomorrow's Children' and 'The Young Guardians'. In addition a small volume of poetry, 'As Autumn Fails' is now available. The third volume,'The Rainbow Jewel' will be out shortly.
Describe your book ‘Tomorrow's Children’ in 30 words or less.
Four centuries from now, most of Earth's problems have been solved by the intervention of the Ells, who have now departed leaving young half Ells behind to maintain stability.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
After many years helping inventors find finance I wished to communicate my enthusiasm for scientific possibilities to young minds by writing a series of exciting tales. With an awareness of the follies of mankind I also wished to offer the picture of a better possible future civilisation, where peace and tolerance ruled. To achieve this without 'preaching' while gripping the attention of young readers was a great challenge. Action from the beginning, while evoking the emotions of the reader with the characters, was essential.
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
Tolkein's 'Lord of the Rings', Hillaire Belloc's essays, Wavell's 'Other Men's Flowers', Gurdjieff/Ouspensky's books, 'The Religion' by Tim Willox, Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond series,John Buchan's books, the St James Bible.
Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?
I e-mail all my
friends, send copies for review, put the first on Kindle for 99p (or cents) I
do the BuzzBook games. Am trying to interest Macmillan (or anyone) with the
offer, for free, to publish Tomorrow's Children as a book for schools in
How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
Walking, reading, listening to music, travelling with my wife, discussions with my friends.
What are you working on next?
Writing more poems, planning book five. Trying to get first book into schools everywhere.
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