In the space colony of New Wales, the pirate attacks are both relentless and merciless
Having lost both his parents, Jabin has been adopted by his austere and spiteful uncle and aunt who live in the space colony of New Wales which is riven with religious and political rivalry, and prey to the vicious maraudings of pirates whose cruelty and greed are beyond all imagination.
When Jabin volunteers to surrender himself to a pirate raiding party to save a friend, he does so believing that nothing can be worse than his current suffering.
However, he is soon to discover that things can always get worse when the stakes are high, the rewards are vast and slave labour is there for the taking.
When the King of New Wales is assassinated, the colony threatens to collapse into total anarchy, leaving the pirates free reign to mutilate, kill and profit as they will, but the forces of law and order sent out from Earth are getting ready to fight back, and Jabin could have a vital part to play in the ensuing war if he can only stay alive.
I’ve always told stories, but I am dyslexic and the process of writing them down was always hard and the results unsatisfactory.
When my kids were in their teens they needed a computer for school work, so we bought one and I discovered word processing. Here at last was the tool I had been waiting for all my life and in the next few years I wrote and wrote and wrote.
Most of it wasn’t good, but I was learning my craft and eventually I sent a short story to SFX for their Pulp Fiction competition and I was a winner! One of the ten authors whose story was printed in an anthology.
Soon after I was contacted by Big Finish, who published Dr Who stories under licence from the BBC. On the strength of my SFX story, they commissioned me to write for one of their anthologies. It was a real thrill.
I have always loved pulp sci fic and adventure stories, the sort of book that is now called YA, but I still think of as FUN. My small success made me take a serious look at what I had written during my learning time and one story stood out as having potential and after some extensive rewriting “Jabin and the Space Pirates” is the result.