The Scattersmith

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What if your life depended on the attention span of a teenage boy?

Paddy Lee, a mollycoddled sleepwalker, mopes about in a backwater town. But then the soul-gorging Blackgum lay siege and begin to pick off his schoolmates and loved ones. Only an irritable moth-mage and Platto – his attack-calculator and semi-smartphone – will stand with Paddy to oppose oblivion. And the Blackgum strikes aren’t random. To save his family and his town, the distracted daydreamer must concentrate long enough to unmask and confront the most fearsome monster of all: the Zealtor.

For Paddy Lee is a Scattersmith. Though he’d rather wait for his life to come out on DVD.

The Scattersmith Cover

A plot-driven tale told with wit, the novel features an unstable world of Forgers (creators/discoverers), Ferine (wild beasts/plants), Passengers (couch potato-drones), Witches (priests of lapsed gods), Helpers (object-spirits), and an eccentric supporting cast, including a gluttonous French horn, a multi-headbanging Giant, a guard budgie, a lovesick pinball machine, a school of psychotic piranha-stamps, a poltergeist-puddle, a plesiosaur, Manticore twins and a bull mop.

If you like Darren Shan, Derek Landy, Eoin Colfer and Daniel Handler, check out The Scattersmith.

“The Scattersmith” is based on a short story for adults that was first published here and is my first book for young adults.

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