Last summer whilst playing with my five-year-old daughter in the local playground I came across a family of children playing with their grandparents, with whom they were visiting.
One of these children, aged 10, was named Danny. Whilst playing on the roundabout we discussed Man United's upcoming game, his school's extra-curricular lessons in detective skills, and eventually he asked me what I did for a living.
I told him I wrote children's books, but that none of them had been published yet. He seemed very interested, asked to know more. I told him about 'The Joshua Files'. He was even more interested, even excited. "When can I read it?" he asked. Then I had to explain a bit of the publication process and the painful fact that he might never read it because it might never be published.
Agent had had the script for 3 months and I'd heard nairy a peep...
As we departed, I told Danny that he could find news of my book on the little Website I was knocking together for the book.
Danny - if you ever read this - guess what, "The Joshua Files" is going to be published. I'm sorry but you'll have to wait until you're at least 12 to read it!
Would you like a free signed copy of the book when it arrives in spring 2008? If you write to my agent, tell him what town you come from and which football team you support, then we'll know it's really you. I'll see that you receive a copy asap.