In our world, twelve-year-old Timothy Scott fades into the shadows. Bullied and ridiculed he discovers an enchanting world hidden behind an antique mirror and in a heartbeat everything changes. Can he become a hero and save a world from a sinister darkness?
After another sleep filled with nightmares and a day being picked on by the school bullies, Timothy Scott longs for escape. When his only real friend, a voice only he can hear, offers him the chance to travel to a new world, it's an offer he cannot turn down.
As Timothy finds himself dragged through an antique mirror, he discovers a fantastic and enchanting world he never knew existed. Despite the amazing creatures he discovers and adventures he embarks on, there is something looming in the shadows, something he is already familiar with.
When Timothy learns the monster from his recurring nightmare is in fact real, he must make an impossible choice. His newfound friends call on him to become their hero and face the rising evil that threatens to destroy their world. Is he strong enough to become the hero they need, or is it all too much for a young boy to handle?
Shadow Island is the first in the Behind The Mirror coming of age fantasy series filled with magic, enchantment, fantastic creatures and heart. Fall in love with an outcast boy and watch him grow as he fights against his own insecurities and fears.
The inspiration for Timothy comes from my own son (he was eight when I started writing this). He, like me, is on the autism spectrum and is often ostracised by his peers. With this series I wanted to have him involved in the process of writing it but also to give him a hero a he could look up to.
I suppose, in a very naughty dad way, I've created a version of my son so that he ends up looking up to himself as the hero without even realising it.
Family was always an important factor in crafting the story. As the series develops I wanted to explore the wider family unit, but this is Tim's story in Shadow Island and focuses very much on him learning how strong he can be when he believes in himself.
Timothy Scott: Shadow Island (sample)
Timothy watched as his mum and dad shared a quick hug and his mum left to return to her own bed. Once they were alone, his dad turned and looked at his son with a very mischievous grin.