A teacher turned author is visiting primary schools to tell youngsters about his first book.
Richard Mayer, who has been working on Spikez for four years, enlisted the help of his own students at Hemel Hemsptead’s Astley Cooper School when developing his work.
He got them to read drafts of the page turner and provide feedback before splashing out on having it published.
The 32-year-old media and English teacher is now working on a prequel and sequel to the animal action-adventure science fiction, which is suitable for children aged 10 and upwards.
He said: “It is something that I have always wanted to do from an early age.
“It has been my main hobby so it has always been one of the things I have wanted to progress and develop, but I wouldn’t have been able to do the writing without my teaching skills.”
Although Richard and book illustrator John Burton initially had a publisher on-board they decided to go it alone so that they could maintain control over the final book.
“We took a risk and decided to stick with our guns and we went with it,” said Richard.
“It was worth the risk, so far it’s paid off and the response has been really positive.”
Now Richard is visiting primary schools in Dacorum to speak to pupils about writing the book and to sign copies of it.
He is pictured above with youngsters from Aycliffe Drive Primary School and on Saturday Richard he signed copies at Riverside Shopping Centre’s Waterstone’s store.
The book, which is printed to order, costs £7.99 and is available at Waterstone’s and Amazon.
Find out more about the book at www.spikez.co.uk