John Arthur Nichol

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Sydney, Australia



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July 2016

As an adult reader, I’m most drawn to books that involve mystery and suspense. But I also love a good laugh, and one of my all-time favourite books is Lucky Jim, by Kingsley Amis.

Science fiction and crime are my go-to genres for mystery and suspense. I take the laughter wherever I can find it.

In my writing for children the same three elements emerge; mainly because I can’t help it, but then I think children love mystery, suspense and laughter as much as I do. Sascha Martin’s Adventures and Through the Wormhole (which will also be a series) are unabashed science fiction. Sascha Martin is all about the laughter. Wormholes covers the mystery and suspense … but it’s not all deadly serious.

My other project, T&DC, slips darkly into the crime

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John Arthur Nichol I have a couple of projects going at the moment. I'm writing a sequel to Through the Wormhole, which follows the same four children on a new scifi…moreI have a couple of projects going at the moment. I'm writing a sequel to Through the Wormhole, which follows the same four children on a new scifi adventure. Its working title is "The Trouble with Wormholes."

We're starting work on illustrating the second book in Sascha Martin's Adventures - well the illustrator, Manuela Pentangelo, is starting, and I'm cheering her on and trying not to get in the way :)

I was working on a first novel in a series called Troubled and Dangerous Children, but it's been on hold for the last year. I'm thinking of posting an excerpt here on Goodreads, to see if it appeals to anyone. First I have to work out how to do that :)(less)
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Sascha Martin's Rocket-Ship...

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Through the Wormhole

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Sascha Martin's Time Machine: The Storyboard Develops

Well we're certainly storyboarding in earnest now for Sascha Martin's Time Machine. The files are flying back and forth between Sydney and Sant'Antioco.

Sascha Martin's Time Machine pages-8-and-9-350As destruction rains down on the classroom, Mary-Alice Cooper sees her opportunity. This is a development of Manuela's sketch that I included with the post on August 28.

Sascha Martin's Time Machine pages-12-and-13-350Aggie discovers the jarring difference between academic knowledge and real...

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Published on October 09, 2016 10:40 Tags: childrens-book, illustration, picture-book, sascha-martins-time-machine, storyboard
Sascha Martin's Rocket-Ship
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Troubled and Dangerous Children (Children's Books)
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Description: This is a chapter introducing two significant characters in the series Troubled and Dangerous Children. The book is intended for kids aged 9, 10 and up.

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Enchantress Undercover took me completely by surprise. I'm not a fantasy reader, and stories about magic and spells tend to leave me cold. But I knew A. C. Spahn from her sci fi series (Endurance) and her short stories, so I leapt at the chance to re ...more
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Tunnel in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
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"Delightful, rhyming story that keeps your fingers turning the pages. John Nichol and Manuela Pentangelo are a synchronized pair! I read this story again and again.

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