Sadly the image on the left is not a true current likeness of Yours Truly. That on the right is a little more accurate although it is three years old !

That first image was taken when I was seventeen years old, seventeen and dreaming of wealth and fame as an international best-selling author.

My first attempt  at writing was under the pen-name of Craven Chesworth. Thank goodness the manuscript for my story Pen Roche is long lost, The Obscene Publications Act is still in force isn't it ?

As a teenager my hero was Alistair MacLean, the writer of Guns Of Naverone, Where Eagles Dare and more.  His books have sold over one hundred and fifty million copies making him one of the best selling authors of all time. I envied his success and his wealth.

That's Alistair, by the way, on the right. He left us in 1987 at the young age of sixty-four. Penning this page I am, myself, coming up to seventy years of age so I had better get a move on if I am to emulate his success.

At teacher training college my English lecturer was the writer Dennis Hamley. He set we students an assignment to write a short story which could be read to a class of pupils. I wrote something about a young boy Mickey Rig. Dennis loved my story, he read it to the entire group of students and sent it to his publisher. I remember well the publisher's reply: We do not think this is one for us. However. Dennis set me firmly on the course to become a published writer.

This is Dennis, below.

Working as a teacher in the 1980's I wrote a book for teenagers, Garatt's Gang. As I composed each chapter I shared it with my classes who loved my writing. Unfortunately publisher after publisher disagreed with me, constantly filling my letter box with rejection slips.

I did not give up. I managed to secure a writing job with our local newspaper. Once a week I composed the Lifestyle Page. The page featured different aspects of the New City of Milton Keynes. The individual articles were gathered together and published as a book Not The Concrete Cows. The photograph of one of Milton Keynes famous concrete cows is shown on the cover in negative showing that there was more to the new city than concrete cows !

I wrote something for Landrover Owner Magazine from which I secured a commission to write a book for a charity working in Albania. Albania He Cares was published in 1995.

In 1992 I published a book I had written for my oldest son's twelfth birthday, Peter's Magic Fountain Pen.

Not The Concrete Cows, Albania He Cares and Peter's Magic Fountain Pen are long out of print although Peter's Magic Fountain Pen is available as an e-book on Amazon.

My newspaper and magazine articles, together with these three books were all written under the pen-name of Jonathan Flie.

Mickey Rig and Garatt's Gang were all written on an old fashioned typewriter. The Jonathan Flie newspaper articles and these three books composed using an early word processor. Writing the text was easy and fun but selling it to a publisher was hard, very hard. With the advent of the Internet, home computers and Amazon everything changed.

Accepted by Amazon as a writer I changed my pen-name to Max Robinson. As you can see I now have many of my books available on Amazon.

Being able to instantly publish my work on Amazon moved my writing to a new level. At the time I joined Amazon I changed my pen-name from Jonathan Flie to Max Robinson.

Robinson is my mother's maiden name. Here are Nan and Granddad Robinson with my son Matthew. Born in 1900 Granddad lived to the age of ninety. Nan lived to be just a few weeks short of her one hundredth birthday.

Mack was our family's pet during my childhood. Here I am, aged I guess about six, with Mack.

Mack Robison, that did not sound quite right so I changed Mack to Max and became Max Robison.

There are Amazon millionaires, those who earn a fortune selling their books via this internet giant. Sadly I am not one of them ! I would not object to earning a fortune but that is not my primary purpose in writing.

I write for my own personal enjoyment. If somebody reads what I write that is a bonus. If they enjoy what I write it is a double bonus.

An important part of my writing is to inspire others to write.

Who is the greatest childrens' writer of all time ?

Roald Dhal ?  NO !  J K Rowling ?  ABSOLUTELY NOT !

The most inspirational writer of child fiction of all time is Enid Blyton.

Enid Mary Blyton was born on 11th August 1897 and left us on 28th November 1968. During her life she sold more than six hundred million books, four times the number sold by Alistair MacLean. Her stories included The Famous Five, Secret Seven and Noddy In Toyland.

She was criticised for her stories being too simple, characters too middle class. She was said to be racist and to be sexist. RUBBISH ! Complete and utter rubbish ! No other author has ever inspired children more to write their own stories. If my own writing could inspire just 1% of the readers Enid inspired to write I would be a happy man.

So Enid sold six hundred million books. Let us pick a figure, say 10p, as the average royalty earned by one book. Six hundred million multiplied by 10p = 60.000,000 ! If I could achieve 1% of her inspiration, if I could achieve 1% of her earnings I would make 600,000.

Well I guess that's rather up to you, my readers.

Enjoy the stories...


Max Robinson