A youth drama tutor with Spalding’s Polka Dot Productions has just published his first children’s novel – and has two more books in the series to come.
Darren O’Sullivan (30) has been used to letting his imagination run riot for creative drama productions with Polka Dot’s Megastars Youth Theatre and the youngsters will soon be performing his adaptation of a film classic, Home Alone.
But his own childhood inspired a trilogy, The Adventures of Horse Shoe Close, and the first novel in the series, The Sleep Taker, is out now.
Darren said: “It only got released eight or nine days ago, but it didn’t really hit me until about two days ago.
“I am a massive book fan, I love reading, I buy books and I store them.”
Darren glanced at his latest book stockpile and it finally sank in as he looked at his own name on a dust jacket.
“Writing books is something I have dreamed of since I was in secondary school,” he said. “It’s a little bit overwhelming.”
The Sleep Taker is designed for readers aged seven upwards and takes place in the setting of Horse Shoe Close.
It follows Jack at the start of the school summer holidays thinking of games and adventures he and his friends can have.
But they discover The Sleep Taker, an evil old man who is stealing children’s sleep to take over the world – and only they can stop him.
Darren’s book is already available on Kindle and is quoted on Amazon as “highly recommended” and “a brilliant start to the series”, receiving five star reviews from readers.
Darren is already working on the second and third books and the second book is due for release in May next year.
He recently returned to his home town of Slough and says he was surprised how many scenes and incidents from his childhood have actually made it into the story.
Darren has a book reading at Bookmark in The Crescent, Spalding, at 6.30pm on October 30 – when admission is by ticket – and there’s an event with a national book chain too.