John Priest

John Priest

I was born in a small town called Netherton, near Dudley in the West Midlands, England UK. One of seven children, three girls and four boys

Some people will know Netherton as a small town where the chain and anchors were made for the Titanic. Dudley is known for its fossils, the ‘Dudley Bug’ or Trilobite being one of them.

I’ve been married for over 34 years and have two daughters and three beautiful grandkids.

My CV is like a book in itself. My previous jobs included:

Glazier, Police Officer, Licensee, Security Officer, Entertainer/Singer, Weighbridge Operator, Special/Additional Needs in schools. My final self-employment was as a Tutor of English and Employability Training for people aged 18 – 55 years.

I retired at the age of 54 to concentrate on my writing only to work even harder now with my wife as we look after our grandchildren on a full-time basis! I slot the writing in when I can, normally between changing nappies, wrestling, scalextric and removing the porridge from my keyboard.

During my service as a police officer I had a near death experience when I was involved in a serious car accident and I was eventually part of a NDE investigation, the biggest ever in the UK.

I started writing in 1985 and had several articles published in National Magazines. That got me hooked and I started sending my books off to publishers.

My first three children’s books were published traditionally.

The first children’s book was published by Ginn & Co, Ltd. and titled Naughty Nigel Runs Away. Tom’s Birthday Treat and Answer The Phone Fiona! followed and all three were used in schools across the UK and in other countries.

My other books (self-published) are Peter Challenge – Time Surfer, a fantasy book for children aged 7-10yrs and Little Miss Straight Tail, a bedtime story all about farm animals and friendship. Little Miss Straight Tail is a piglet born with a straight tail. Will it ever be curly?

My latest book is ‘The Curse of Sea Shell Cave’, the second book in the popular detective/whodunit series of Jay-Pea-Eyes aka Junior Private Investigators.

Jay-Pea-Eyes aka Junior Private Investigators (The Boomerang Mystery)

Children’s detective whodunit

The second whodunit in the Jay-Pea-Eyes series. Due for release on 21st April 2014.

It’s school holiday time and the JPIs are staying at their favorite place in Portsmouth, UK.

The Pelican Hotel is owned by Stan’s gran Muriel Larkin and she’s always delighted to see them arrive. This holiday is different. A horrible black depression hovers over the hotel.

The children sense it straight away but their parents won’t discuss it. Stan won’t talk, not even to Harry his best friend, and locks himself in his bedroom.

The JPIs are warned not to step foot on Muriel’s private beach because the sand has turned green and the council think it’s poisonous. That meant they couldn’t go near Sea Shell Cave either. Earth tremors at night are so ferocious they rock the very foundations of the building. Muriel thinks everything is cursed; the beach, the hotel and Sea Shell Cave.

The JPIs don’t have the same feeling. After noticing strange goings on in the hotel and on the public beach, they think something or someone is responsible for everything that is happening. They intend to find out who and why. It will lead them into life-threatening danger and will be their toughest case yet.

Children’s detective whodunit

Three children go missing and police organize a massive search of the town of Dudleigh and surrounding areas. A call from a security officer at Russington Hospital immediately has several Detectives heading for the Accident & Emergency Department. All three missing children have somehow been returned to the Hospital. No-one sees or hears anything; it’s as though the children appeared out of the sky. The Doctor is puzzled – the children are in excellent health but are refusing to talk to anyone, not even their own parents. Local detectives are baffled. Where have they been? What have they been doing? Why won’t they talk? All questions the police want answered. And urgently. When another young girl goes missing her 10 year old brother Harry and his three friends, Stan and identical twins Polly and Lily, are determined to find her and solve the mystery once and for all. Will they solve the mystery before the Police? Can they find out the ‘Where’s and the What’s’ and also the ‘Why’s and the How’s?’

Peter Challenge – Time Surfer

Children’s Fantasy

Peter Challenge jumped into bed and gazed around his bedroom. His eyes took in every minute detail of his new but strange wallpaper. There was a burning in his stomach that he hadn’t felt before. He sensed something wasn’t quite right but he just couldn’t explain why or how he knew.

Questions swamped his brain. Why did the old lady in the shop give him the roll of wallpaper? Why had he felt compelled to accept it? She’d called him by his first name, how did she know who he was?

Peter was about to find out the answers…

If you read this book at bedtime be warned – you won’t sleep until you’ve checked every centimetre of your own bedroom wallpaper!

Little Miss Straight Tail

Children’s farmyard/animals

Little Miss Straight Tail is a heart-warming story about a little pig who is upset when her tail isn’t curly like all those of the other piglets. Lots of amazing things happen when she hears a familiar voice in the farmer’s field …

Will she finally get a curly tail?

Ideal for 0 years to 5 years. Great for bedtime reading.
Assists with animal recognition and animal names, counting and reading.

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