Life can be scary – we all pretty much know that and, as we all get older, sometimes it gets really scary.
But, we prepare, we go on roller-coasters (well I don’t, but that’s because I’m a wimp), we go to see scary movies and, probably most importantly of all, we read scary books. All of those things are cathartic and help us grow and prepare for stuff.
And that’s why I’m more than happy to spread the word about Tommy Donbavand, his fantastic books, and his fight against one of life’s real monsters.
Like many teenagers, my first memories of being really excited by books came from horror books and, in particular, those of Stephen King. I just really wish there’d been Tommy Donbavand and his Scream Street books for me to get into prior to that back in my day. But, I can still be grateful, really really grateful, that it was his books which first got my son, Sam, into reading all things Vampire, Werewolf, Zombie and generally everything that goes bump in the night.
Even our cat, Bella, seems to have a taste for them….
It may have been a few years back now, but with Sam ploughing through the books as soon as they were released, collecting the character cards and, with the power of social media, me being able to let Tommy know all of this, the author did something very kind indeed. He sent Sam a pack of signed bookplates so that his Scream Street books could then be personalised and kept treasured.
I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Tommy Donbavand, but he seems like a bloody good bloke to me, and a hell of a great writer.
And, now he’s fighting cancer.
And a whole host of authors and bloggers want him to defeat this monster, but also want to help support him and his family financially as he goes through his treatment and so here’s all the info you need about Mr Donbavand, his story so far and the ways you can get in touch to help support him through this tough time:
Tommy is the author of the popular 13-book Scream Street series for 7 to 10 year olds, published by Walker Books in the UK and Candlewick Press in the US. His other books include Zombie!, Wolf and Uniform (winner of the Hackney Short Novel Award) for Barrington Stoke, Boredom Busters and Quick Fixes For Kids’ Parties (How To Books), and Making A Drama Out Of A Crisis (Network Continuum).
In theatre, Tommy’s plays have been performed to thousands of children on national tours to venues such as The Hackney Empire, Leeds City Varieties, and Nottingham Playhouse. These productions include Hey Diddle Diddle, Rumplestiltskin, Jack & Jill In The Forgotten Nursery, and Humpty Dumpty And The Incredibly Daring Rescue Of The Alien Princess From Deep Space. He is also responsible for five episodes of the CBBC TV series, Planet Cook (Platinum Films).
As an actor, Tommy played the Clearlake MC in the West End musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story for over eight years, in addition to roles in the movies Zombie Love Stories (where he battled hordes of Scottish undead) and Going Off Big Time (where he was beaten up on a bouncy castle). A veteran of pantomime, he has portrayed just about every comic character from Abanazer to an Ugly Sister.
Tommy lives in Lancashire with his wife and two sons. He is a HUGE fan of all things Doctor Who, plays blues harmonica, and makes a mean balloon poodle. He sees sleep as a waste of good writing time.
Here are the links to Tommy’s website and how you can donate:
Patreon Link: http://www.tommyvcancer.com/support/
Paypal Link: https://www.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_flow&SESSION=Nl-IE_9Fhy7jbNI-H8DqkoBnmUwmOAA9TnlRAPyO8oZz6VpeywfwY3hWxai&dispatch=5885d80a13c0db1f8e263663d3faee8dcce3e160f5b9538489e17951d2c62172
And, for the rest of the blog tour stops, here’s all the info you’ll need (check out all of the posts for some great giveaways too), and at the end of the blog tour there will be a twitter chat on 30th June 2016, 8 – 9pm.
The hashtag for the chat is #tommyvcancer