The sites primary function is to introduce the work of K J Sheerin, the poet, author, and publisher. But first a little about him...
Ken grew up in on the outskirts of Geelong, (Australia) in the post WW2 era and didn’t start writing until late in life, despite nurturing the idea since childhood. His writing now encompasses those times and close family ties.
He spent his early years travelling the countryside and included a brief stint in the RAN, then worked in places as diverse as the woolsheds: meatworks, car factories, fishing boats, and mines of WA. He finally settled down to work as a gardener, from which he has now retired.
His initial introduction into writing was by way of correspondence, but he soon realised that it lacked the personal interaction of tutor access and peer group pressure of fellow writers. So, he attended a series of college accredited adult education courses over the next few years and joined a local writing group along the way, his writing back then mainly in the form of short stories.
Since those early days he has graduated to the longer novel length stories in the Sci-fi and Fantasy genre, both YA and Adult. Most of his early works and collections were self published under the banner of ArmchairPublishing, his own creation, and now he is re-editing those and more to be e-published for a wider audience.
Myvanwy and the House of Dragon (YA Fantasy) was the first to be re-launched in this way, followed by Sideshow Alley. (YA Sci-fi ) Each of which has another story in the process. Tula (Adult Sci-fi ) will follow shortly. It is book one of the Rim Trader series and is followed by Rhuma. (Book two in th
As well as the novels above there are other shorter works that encompass his early years and family life, yet to be completed; a nostalgic look at growing up in the fifties and sixties in Australia. He has also found that the funnier stories adapt well to the theatre, and has had success with a number of very short plays. Now he is looking to adapt some and write others for the screen as well.
Ken is also a student of Tanka writing and enjoys it immensely. It is the ultimate short story / song. He also dabbles in the more traditional verse, ballads, and prose poetry, some of which can be found in the pages of Against all Odds.
Writing helps him make sense of things and he enjoys the conundrums along the way.
TRICK or TREAT - A Feature/Fantasy, set in Geelong, Australia.
The palm lined bayside tourist precinct used when Hazel the Witch raises-up the iconic bollards of Geelong for a week of mayhem... This one has a ton of potential given the right treatment.
MYVANWY and the HOUSE of DRAGONS - a YA/Feature/Fantasy. (Move over Blue Lagoon)
A coming of age story plus adventure, set in the present and using a backdrop of Geelong and surrounds, plus dragons, Bass Strait, and Furneaux Islands.
Clare and Josh are two teenagers who are set adrift in a hot air balloon from the Geelong Show in the dead of night. They manage to land on a small island inhabited by two dragons; Myvanwy, and her son, Sweet Pea. The teenagers adapt and help the dragons in their hour of need and are inducted into the House of Dragon, then rewarded with their freedom.
This one and the one below are adapted from Myvanwy and the House of Dragon. Read the book first.
HOUSE of DRAGON: SWEET PEA - a YA/Feature/Fantasy. Love and adventure.
A follow on from Myvanwy. Josh and Clare come to the notice of two dragon hunters and their accomplice. The teenagers and dragons follow their foe's whereabouts and draw them out for a final showdown on the island.
RIM TRADER - TULA A Sci Fi Feature An adventure and tangled Love story.
Ace Rutledge pilots an oversized cargo ship to the Outer Reaches of the Galaxy, ably assisted by his android copilot Tula. However, Bartholomew, a returning Trader, offloads his consort, Nova, onto them and trouble ensures.
Another five to follow for a limited series of six. (6) -
The first three are adaptions from Tula, book one in the Rim Trader series. The second three are from Rhuma, book two.
TROUBLE IN PARADISE, AVENGING ANGELS, RHUMA, A VISIT to EARTH, and THE PERFECT COMPANION.
The last three partly set in RSS. (China)
RHUBARB - Fantasy - a series of 45 - 50 min scripts written with a YA television series in mind. Five done.
It is set locally (Geelong and surf coast) and draws on an old scout myth. When Peter's mother dies he is sent to live with his grandmother and discovers his father's friends, Ali and Rhubarb, (a black cat) still live in the area, and that they are actually Genies. He discovers his father's old diary, and like him, enjoys adventure after adventure...
RHUBARB, THE FIELD of HONOUR, GRANDAD JONES, A GHOST FROM the PAST, and EMERALLA JACK.
There are other very different stories in the works for this one and I'll post when done. The possibilities for a series like this would be endless. Ken