M. P. Ward is a writer, an artist, a garment printer, a qualified teacher, a microlight pilot, a husband, and a father of three children. He was born and lives in the North West of England.
He graduated with a BA (hons) in Primary Education with qualified Teacher’s Status in 2007, but he always had a fascination for writing and has written stories all his life. However, it was his English tutor who discovered he had a talent for writing and suggested writing horror stories. Her enthusiasm for his writing inspired him to write more and seek publication.
Cornwall is where M. P. first had the idea for Sam and The Sea Witch. It is a dark, mysterious, and psychological gripping tale about a fourteen year old boy who sails a stolen boat off the Cornish coast. All his books are about children in fantastic, and sometimes, harrowing situations.
I hope you enjoy it.
Young Adult Supernatural Thriller
Sam and the Sea Witch is a dark, mysterious, and psychologically gripping tale about a boy who lives in a Cornish seaside town. It contains a background of myth and legend, within the Cornish setting, which makes Sam’s story highly atmospheric.
Fourteen year old Sam Camponara is used to getting into trouble; in fact he enjoys the buzz. So when his best friend, Johnny, tells him an old tale about The Sea Witch, Sam sees an opportunity for adventure. But sailing the stolen boat off the Cornish coast in the middle of the night goes terribly wrong and the sea witch turns out to be horribly real.
Keeping Johnny as hostage, the sea witch tells Sam he has until the next new moon to find and deliver her missing pendant, lost fifty years earlier. But will he be able to find the pendant in time, will anyone believe Sam’s wild story, and does he even believe it himself?
The second book in the sea witch series is full of magic, murder, and mystery, within the Cornish setting.
Whilst spending the night camping in the garden, Sam and Johnny hear strange howling noises. The next day Jenny says it’s the Beast of Bodmin Moor. Sam tells her he wants to catch it and this is going to be the best mission ever.
But what does the Beast of Bodmin Moor look like, and how do you catch it, when it has eluded, so many, for so long?
Jenny tells Sam it’s a big cat, released onto the moors when Government officials went around taking them from their owners, back in the nineteen seventies. She shows Sam a newspaper article about the event. Now he’s desperate to find it.
They set off for Bodmin and soon come across an eerie, campsite, near Saint Cleer (known locally as Hell up by Liskeard). Sam thinks this is the perfect place to hunt for the Beast of Bodmin Moor.
That night a Black Panther circles the camp. Sam thinks he’s found the beast and chases after it into the Forbidden Woods.
But he discovers there is more than one creature running around these parts. Sam and his friends have stumbled upon a terrifying secret, hidden away for hundreds of years, and the sea witch has no small part to play in it.
He finds a book hidden beneath an old man’s bed and contained within its leaves are the names of every living Berserker, Lichen Throat and Imp. Later the old man tells him, “When the book is full, it will be the end of us all and Cornwall will be destroyed along with everyone who lives here.”
Sam hasn’t much time, but will he be able to stop the witch, save Cornwall, and capture the Beast of Bodmin Moor?