My friends enjoyed the stories so much they coaxed me to send some to an editor friend in Newcastle; I had been friends with Emma Oram for a few months and my idea was she might be interested in putting a story of mine in her magazine http://www.vintagescript.co.uk/ for Christmas. I didn't foresee what lay ahead for the story I sent.
The story behind the story is as interesting as what came after its first publication during Halloween 2010. I wrote the stories "The Ghost of St.Mary's" and "The Rocking Lantern" and I was pleases with the length and story lines of the stories, then I wrote "The Old Church Ghosts" and the story which became known to close friends as THAT story came along.
Set in Clevedon-where I lived from 1963 until I got married in 1985-the story centred around the old Saxon church of St.Andrew, known locally as Old Church; from the time I finished the story I was never happy with it, probably because it is less than half the length of the others. I said at the time of finishing "This will probably come back to haunt me," and it has, "Old Church Ghosts" has proven to be my most liked, if not best selling story and its popularity grows with each reader.
The story is in its fourth version in the ghostly cover seen here. The original, which I sent to Emma exists only with us; as does her edited version, which she put on line that Halloween. The next reincarnation came a year later, when my friend Paula Shene asked me to contribute a story for our children's charity book "A Spooky Fall Harvest," http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1479323098 ; as this is a charity book to help children, none of the writers see a penny; this version is the most read and liked as I gave the ending a family feel. The final version, is one I did this year and this is an adult themed spooky ending.
Last October, Chronicles of Mark Johnson was awarded a certificate of excellence by a US site http://indiependents.org/indie-seal-books-1-501.html , this led to a US editor friend offering to help editing the second book in the series, which we worked on from November last year until June of this year. This Halloween, I had intended to bring out "Zomiewatch," but owing to a series of health problems, hospital appointments and my disbelief that readers will care for the story; I decided to only let friends have copies, as I have been working all year and nothing I have done this year has sold.
My current projects include the second part of the romantic ghost story "The Love of the Sea."