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Name Thomas Shepherd
Location Bicester, Oxfordshire
Member Since May 23, 2012
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Thomas was born in 1973 and grew up in Lowestoft, Suffolk before moving to Cheshire to study a degree in Creative Arts. Having worked as an electronic production editor for science and academic publishers in Oxford, he now works as a Web and Digital Media Officer for a top modern university. He lives in Oxfordshire with his wife Emma and their seven cats, four chickens and two bunnies.

He's different. He's not your usual person. Lots of people can say that about themselves but with Thomas it's true. Just ask his wife! He only discovered how different in the last ten years when he discovered that he has Asperger's Syndrome, which is on the mild end of the autism spectrum. In subtle, subconscious ways it affects his writing. For someone who is, on occasion, somewhat clueless and inept in social situations, he has been praised on his dialogue. As a person he also have difficulty reading visual cues and body-language and consequently his editors often tell me he's telling too much when I should be showing. Show not tell they say and I have to really work hard to achieve that! His favourite authors are Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, Susan Cooper and David Almond.

Thomas has Icelandic family, and in 2001 he made the first of three visits to their country. He knew from the very beginning that with a country so rich in myth and folklore and with an environment unlike anything he had ever seen, he had to write a story set there. The End of All Worlds is that story - begun in August 2001 only to be halted on 21 October for one and a half years after the family home burnt down. It took six years to write and over three years of rewrites and edits to complete.

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The End Of All Worlds

The End Of All Worlds

4 parts / 9 pages, updated Feb 24, 2013GPictures
Eleanor, a literature graduate with a passion for the old legends, is lost and feared dead when she becomes separated from her group on an expedition in the Icelandi... read more
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Thank you to everyone who's taken the time to read my story. I'd love to hear what you think. :-)
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