After six months of writing and illustrating and four months of publishing my first book (really a short poem) has just been published… It has been a rollercoaster trip with many highs and lows, but now at last the book will be available from the 31st October 2020.
Instead of me writing my normal blog post…the press release for the book might be the best way of finding out more:
Murder, He Wrote (and illustrated…)
Michael Quinlyn-Nixon a North East of England artist has just finished publishing his first official book, featuring a unique poem and his detailed pencil illustrations. The book The Tale of the Vampire Rabbit has just been released on Amazon and Waterstones as well as being made available in a number of local booksellers.
The book, written in poem format, is a totally fictional and completely unhistorical account of the origins of Newcastle city’s mysterious grotesque the ‘Vampire Rabbit’ situated at Dean Street. Michael, who works in a college for three days a week, is also a qualified graphic designer and illustrator and decided at the beginning of the year that he was going to write and illustrate a book. With a number of ideas in mind, he was struck with inspiration when he gazed up at the Vampire Rabbit for the umpteenth time, having walked past it nearly every Friday morning for 2-years.
The story of the quirky Vampire Rabbit is brought ‘alive’ in the year 1899, with the tale concluding in the present day. Set initially in Victorian Newcastle the story illustrates the Vampire Rabbit’s unquenchable bloodlust and the consequences of its villainous actions. Suitable for older children (with parental guidance), the book can be equally enjoyed by adults who enjoy dark poems with a drop of humour…
Michael said, “When I am working away at the drawing board, I often watch repeats of ‘Murder, She Wrote’ and hear how the character Jessica Fletcher (known professionally as J.B. Fletcher) is working on a book. Perhaps Angela Lansbury’s character in the programme – a famous author and sleuth – has been the subconscious inspiration and motivation for doing my book. However, the last thing I want to do whilst promoting this book is solve any horrid crimes as I am very peace-loving and, it has to be said, squeamish!”
The book has taken a considerable amount of time to write and illustrate. Michael, said, “I started the book in January and finished it at the end of June, so it’s been quite an intense project and the last few days of continual proof reading was a bit heavy going, but on the whole it’s been a great experience. I am very proud of the area I live in and Newcastle is such a handsome city, so I wanted to include some of the quaint and amazing places the region has to offer, such as the Lit and Phil, St. Nicholas’s Cathedral and the bizarrely named Dog Leap Stairs. I’m hoping the book will be a success and bring some tourism to the region too”.
The Tale of the Vampire Rabbit is available online from the 31st October 2020 (Hallowe’en) at Amazon and Waterstones, but is also being stocked by a number of local booksellers. ISBN 978-1-83975-222-3