We spend all day playing with words, teaching other people how to use them and generally being word geeks. So you might think at the end of the day we like to go home and do something that’s nothing to do with words – cooking, watching the gogglebox, you know, normal non-writer stuff.

But the problem is we all love words. Probably a bit too much. I remember my friends telling me it was weird to read cereal packets for fun. And apparently normal people don’t feel the need to look up the meaning of every word they don’t know in the dictionary.

Al’s a bit like that. He does lot of training and writing and thinking for us. But at the end of the day he transforms into a rather smashing science fiction writer. So good in fact that he’s managed to land himself a publishing deal for his debut novel, Crashing Heaven.

Here’s a bit about it…

With Earth abandoned, humanity resides on Station, an industrialised asteroid run by the sentient corporations of the Pantheon. Under their leadership a war has been raging against the Totality – ex-Pantheon AIs gone rogue.

With the war over, Jack Forster and his sidekick Hugo Fist, a virtual  ventriloquist’s dummy tied to Jack’s mind, have returned home.

Labelled a traitor for surrendering to the Totality, all Jack wants is to clear his name but when he discovers two old friends have died under suspicious circumstances he also wants answers. Soon he and Fist are embroiled in a conspiracy that threatens not only their future but all of humanity’s.  But with Fist’s software licence about to expire, taking Jack’s life with it, can they bring down the real traitors before their time runs out?

Sounds a bit exciting, eh? You’ll be able to get your hands on a copy in early 2015. And if you fancy reading some of Al’s stuff, pop along to  http://www.allumination.co.uk/read-a-story/