Burnley furniture store manager publishes second children's novel hot on the heels of his debut best selling book
His twin sons have proved to be the inspiration once again for author Andrew Slinger's second book.
And 'The Super Twins 2' comes hot on the heels of his debut novel, which regularly hits the Amazon best seller list and is a finalist in the Wishing Shelf book awards for independent authors.
Aimed at children aged nine to 12 his latest book is packed with action, adventures and comedy capers.
Andrew said: "My aim is simple: to engage, inspire and entertain kids with my stories."
He struck upon the idea for his debut book, The Super Twins, while on holiday last year with his sons, Luke and Liam, who are 12-year-old identical twins.
Mulling over ideas in his head at 5am in a caravan in Dorset it came to him like a lightning bolt when the boys woke up with their usual infectious energy.
Andrew said: "I am always amazed at the boundless energy they seem to have, no matter what time of day it is, and that's when I thought to myself I will call the book The Super Twins."
From that day Andrew started to write, fitting it in between his job as manager at the British Heart Foundation furniture store in Burnley and being a single parent to his boys.
Early morning 5am starts meant that some days Andrew (37) would write 100 words one day and on other days a couple of pages. But his vision for the completed book about twin brothers who each have their own super powers, kept him going.
But just as Andrew's book was beginning to take shape the pandemic hit, and he found himself furloughed from his job and working as a full time teacher to his sons.
Determined to finish the book Andrew, who lives in Clitheroe, combined teaching and the obligatory daily Joe Wicks' workout with his writing and managed to complete three drafts. He researched how to build a website, set up social media accounts and grafted to build up followers on each.
He designed a logo and artist Kate Mottershaw agreed to do the illustrations for the book which he self published.
Andrew admits that it hasn't been an easy journey and at times he considered giving up but again, it was his sons who spurred him on. And Andrew's advice to anyone considering writing a book is to 'just start writing.'
He said: "One word leads to another and before you know it, with consistency you’ve written a chapter, then a book.
"And don’t be scared of failing. The most successful people in the world failed many, many times before they actually made it."
Andrew, who has a degree in media production, writes in a humorous, fun and exciting style, whilst addressing hard hitting topics in his books and he says it’s only a matter of time before he becomes a full-time children’s author.
Keen to keep fit Andrew loves going to the gym, swimming and and has enrolled in his first half-marathon in September.
The Super Twins 2, published by Twin Dad Ltd, is available on Amazon.