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.
Having focussed mostly on "older" audiences, I was determined to create an adventure for all ages and generations. When crafting Tim's adventures I wanted a story that connected with young and old. I pictured this being shared by families and will confess to "beta" testing the entire story on my own three children.
This was very much a family discovery as I wrote the story and a lot of inspiration came from our time sat with my notebook on the floor of my two son's bedroom with my daughter and wife gathered around as we bounced ideas around.
While I may have scripted it all and pulled it together, there is something of each of them in the story. Without them I wouldn't have created something so rounded and dynamic, it would have been my interpretation and expectation. This is a family story written, ultimately, by my family and I.
Timothy Scott: Shadow Island (sample)
It always started the same way, the room was always dark but far off there was the sound of water dripping somewhere in the distance. Although he had never seen what surrounded him, Timothy had always believed he was in a cave somewhere.