My inspiration for writing OTOLI came from several sources: my children’s experiences of bullying, some of my pupils’ social awkwardness and my own feelings of ‘not quite fitting in’ both as a child and now. Writing OTOLI was cathartic, and I hope that will be the same for my readers who have been on the outside, looking in on society! OTOLI was originally created as a novella but following great feedback by a couple of readers critique sites many had commented that they wanted more from the characters so I adjusted the book to the point that it grew to the realms of the novel in terms of it's word count. The revised book in its novel guise was published by UK Independent publisher, Pneuma Springs (released 28th April 2011). I dearly hope the story will encourage more reading amongst the teenage age group, especially the reluctant reader. I also hope that all that read the book will take on it's messages but at the same same enjoy the gripping and entertaining read.
OTOLI also came about as an antidote to books about dysfunctional families. That is not a criticism as most of those books are well-written, well-loved and they satisfy a need for some suffering readers. However, I feel that the young adult market needs to keep exploring new avenues; hence the idea of the paranormal manipulating real life. Please enjoy the reading sample and book video trailer loaded here.