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WINNER Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2013

QUARTER-FINALIST Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013

FINALIST Kindle Book Review Best Indie Books 2012

After a purple storm sweeps around Planet Earth stealing everyone aged eighteen to sixty-five, four feisty teenagers and a bunch of oddball pensioners join forces to find the missing and save the world...

“Sharpe’s debut novel applies a fresh fantasy premise to a classic coming-of-age tale. This book’s great strength is its keen insight into the nature of human fear, hope and love. Clever and affecting in a vividly imagined world”. Kirkus Reviews

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Thanks for visiting. I’m busy writing something new. If you want to know when it’s published then please sign up to my mailing list (box top left) and I’ll definitely be in touch :-)

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I discovered this review of Purple on YouTube the other day! Massive thanks to Samantha Selby :-) ..... Read more

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Goodbye, bye-bye, goodbye, bye-bye…keep smiling…repeat 300 times. It usually takes ten minutes for everyone to disembark a jumbo jet.

I’ve been doing this long haul flying job for twenty-four years and i sometimes wonder how many people i’ve said goodbye to. I must have said goodbye to tens of thousands of people from all over the planet. Some of them couldn’t speak English. Most of them smile and nod in response. Many of them say goodbye to me. Occasionally i get a high five or a handshake. A few frazzled souls look straight through me but who can blame them. ..... Read more


I’ve been trying to sell my novel Purple for the past two years and I have to admit it’s not been a thrilling experience. There’s something about self-promotion that makes me feel uneasy. Whether it’s person to person or via social media I often find myself tongue-tied and self-conscious. Twitter and Facebook don’t excite me and I’m not inspired to write regular blogs. When I do get free time I want to spend it working on my next novel. I know I’m not unique…there are loads of writers who feel the same way.


Writing can be lonely. I’m not the kind of person who can sit in a coffee shop and knock out a couple of chapters over a latte. Most of the time I need solitude, but there’s a danger this can lead to isolation.

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DSC02476Purple Dragonfly Book Awards…it’s official!

I’m still over the moon to announce that Purple is a winner in the 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards :-)

I’ve now received official notice, and my certificates, from Linda F. Radke, President of Five Star Publications. Here’s what Linda has to say…(it sounds much better coming from Linda because if I said this I’d sound like a big show-off-smarty-pants). ..... Read more






I’m over the moon to announce that Purple is the winner of the 2013 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards – Young Adult Category.

Purple was also placed Second in the Science Fiction/Fantasy Category and Second-Tie in the Spiritual/Religious Category.

It’s an honor to be included in such a talented group of writers and I want to thank all the judges for taking the time to read Purple.

I’m on the road at the moment and don’t have full access to the Internet, but I’ll update this blog when I get the first opportunity. ..... Read more

If you’re a girl in Pakistan you’re denied an education and if you’re a woman in Saudi Arabia you’re not allowed to drive a car. If you’re a gay couple in the UK then marriage is currently not an option. It’s very unfair, but it comes down to categories.

Your category often determines your rights. If you had black skin during apartheid in South Africa you had to live by white rule. Categorizing can be discriminating.

Because I’m gay, and because I’ve been out for more than twenty-five years, I naively assumed that I’d had my share of discrimination (check out my earlier blog A Letter To My Teenage Self) but then I did something completely outrageous: I self-published my first novel.

You tell people you’ve written a book and the conversation goes like this:

“Wow! That’s fantastic! How amazing! That’s such an incredible achievement! I’d love to write a book too, but I’ve heard it’s really hard to get a publishing deal theses days.”

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Thanks to the continued wonders of the Internet, I recently made contact with Emma Harrison. Emma is a student at the University of Chester and she’s completing a Master’s in family and child psychology.

After reading one of my earlier posts, A letter to my Teenage Self, Emma asked me if I’d like to take part in her research study on adjustment to bullying (and of course I said yes).

Emma thinks anything that helps prevent future bullying is worthwhile, and I couldn’t agree more!

If you want to take part all you have to do is answer some simple questions. You need to be eighteen or over and have fifteen minutes to spare. Please help if you can. Here’s the link.

For those of you who are interested, I didn’t make it past the quarterfinals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Although I’m disappointed I’m still chuffed I got that far. From ten thousand to the top one hundred in my category aint so bad :-) ..... Read more

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