On his eleventh birthday Thomas Farrell is informed that the deceased father he never knew has provided for his education at Darkledun Manor, a school for gifted children. Thomas, however, feels he’s just an ordinary boy, but Darkledun Manor proves to be anything but an ordinary school…
In this work of fiction the reader is transported into a world of myth as the young protagonist, Thomas Farrell, seeks to understand who his mysterious father was, and why he left him a strange glass orb containing a serpent. As the story progresses, Thomas and his friends become increasing caught up in a world they never knew existed – a world beyond the standing stones.
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
I used Windows Movie Maker and some royalty-free music. Imagery is chiefly from the book cover (by Alex Hausch). I’m not convinced trailers increase sales, but I wanted to do one for my debut novel, The Serpent in the Glass.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My first novel was inspired by several things: Britain – its history and myths (especially Avebury and the Scottish Borders); Alan Garner’s books; Irish myths (especially Kenneth Flint’s retelling of them).
D.M. Andrews lives in Hertfordshire, England, and enjoys a wide range of interests, including history, genealogy, mythology, modding, and political philosophy. His greatest love, however, is reading and writing novels. Fantasy, myth and history are the main components of his work, with a focus on meaningful originality. D.M. Andrews writes for children as young as 9, and adults as old as 99. His books are suitable for most ages and for families. He has been writing since his childhood, and hopes to keep writing until he is as old as the trees!