Writing and theatre have always been my great passions and I have been fortunate to have been able to keep both in my life - despite the many distractions that have led me astray over the years. So often we put aside those things most important to us while we attend to the ordinary demands of life, until one day we stumble across that neglected part of ourself and wonder how we came to neglect it for so long. All of us should remember that if something is worth dreaming about, it is worth acting on. My first completed play, Daisy Chain (co-written with my daughter, Eryn) was produced in Melbourne in 2010. Before that, I had written Blue Fire and Ice and Furnaces of Forge, young fantasy novels that introduced readers to a unique and magical place simply called The Land, with its assortment of delightful and special characters and the adventures that befall them. After that came Brimstone, the first in the four-book series, Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Its sequel, Hourglass is nearing completion. I am also completing a literary historical romp called Master Quickly. Oh, and I mustn't forget a children's picture storybook titled Buckle and the Pirate, with illustrations by the wonderful artist Serena Riglietti, who (among a great many other achievements) was the illustrator of the Italian edition of the Harry Potter books. Rather than release Buckle and the Pirate as a traditional book, I am planning to develop it into an interactive book app. Last, but not least, I have also done some freelance work, including an article for the Guardian books section. Earning enough from my writing to keep body and soul well-nourished is a fine ambition. But, like many an author, simply being read beats everything else.
Brimstoneby Alan Skinner
An enchanting and gripping adventure with characters you'll never forget. Jenny Swift, a young teenager, is taken against her will to become the apprentice of a famous alchemist. What awaits her is a strange world of plotting, murder, robbery,and betrayal. But she also finds friendship, courage and abilities within her she never dreamed she
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An enchanting and gripping adventure with characters you'll never forget. Jenny Swift, a young teenager, is taken against her will to become the apprentice of a famous alchemist. What awaits her is a strange world of plotting, murder, robbery,and betrayal. But she also finds friendship, courage and abilities within her she never dreamed she possessed.
Jenny’s mother was a healer from the East who has taught her well and from whom she inherits her exotic looks. But this difference means that she faces suspicion and distrust as she is unwittingly drawn into a plot to throw the world into chaos.
Brimstone is a compelling adventure story crafted around mystery and danger. With its indomitable, talented heroine, courageous and steadfast heroes and treacherous, merciless villains, it's a book readers will find hard to put down until the very last page has been turned.
The first book in the Earth, Air, Fire and Water series.
For young adult readers, and adults.
Brimstone's uniqueness comes from combining the very best fantasy elements with relateable real-life issues; including racism, poverty, alternate culture, friendship, and most poigniently, the loss and duty of growing up...
This was a book that left me constantly wanting more!
Elly Pugh, 5 star review The Book Depository
Perfect for the young adult audience for which it is written.
Ngaire Atmore, NZ Herlad on Sunday
I enjoyed Brimstone very much, right from page one I was hooked and Mr.Skinner's writing skills managed to keep my interest, and the moments I was unable to read, I was thinking about it.
Tanya, Independent Book Reviews
Exceptional youth adventure and translates into adult reading simply because it is so well written, plot is excellent, character development is excellent, twists and turns are good. Want to read more from this author.
G Lasley, reader review
All I can say is what a fantastic book!
Rebecca Fraser, reader
All in all, I give Alan Skinner’s Brimstone 5 out of 5. Well done. I hope to see more books like this in the future!
Daniel Fletcher, reader
Alan Skinner has realised the need for new genre. Brilliant!!
Ammara Akram, reader
Gripping, absorbing and unique; Brimstone had me hooked ...
Roshini Bhudia, reader
Brimstone is in many ways the quintessential adventure book; danger, mystery and magic being the key ingredients.
Maxine Hunt, reader
A wonderfully refreshing and original read ... Right from the first page I have been engrossed in Brimstone.
Hayley Sellick, reader
Wow! ... I will definitely be reccomending this book to every one I meet, but they'll have to get their own because this one is mine, to read again and again.
Emma Hawkins, reader
Gripping. Enchanting. Unique.
Sophie Kean, reviewer, Goo dreads
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was sorry this book ended as it left me wanting more on this story to continue! to me that is the sign of a very good book!