P.C.R. (Paul Colin Richard) Monk was born in Exmouth, Devon, grew up in the south east of England then spent over 20 years living in France with a 3-year stint in Spain. A qualified linguist, he worked for 9 years as a teacher then moved into the digital world where he wrote various scripts and storyworlds for video game titles, and authored an interactive language learning course.
Influenced by the works of naturalist Jean Henri Fabre, Monk has been an enthusiast of entomology for many years and was a resident at the house of Villeneuve where his Fantasy Adventure story takes place. Monk now lives in England with his French wife and three young sons.
YA Fantasy, Adventure
A boy facing a difficult life decision is magically and gradually turned into a bug by a giant oak tree, forcing him to take an extraordinary journey that brings startling changes to himself and those around him.
Marcel Dassaud is at a crossroads. He has been offered an apprenticeship in the familiar surroundings of the neighboring country manor of Villeneuve, which could give him the chance to follow in his late father’s footsteps. At the same time, he has won a scholarship to a renowned technical college in Paris that would force him to embrace the unknown with no certainty of success. With his friend Julia encouraging him to go to the city while also worrying that Marcel will take the apprenticeship at Villeneuve to be with Henriette, Julia’s cousin, Marcel is about to slip into a quagmire of backdoor drama, clandestine romance, and unfulfilled dreams. That is until he is sent on an extraordinary journey by a most unexpected source.
Given the task of crossing the meadow to eat the royal jelly by an ancient oak tree, Marcel suddenly finds himself magically, and gradually, transformed into a bug. His quest, a metaphor for his need to follow his dreams, forces him to blaze his own trail and follow his heart. Along the way to finding the royal restorative, he teams up with a splendid group of insects—each with its own agenda. While full of discovery, the journey is also fraught with peril and if Marcel doesn’t reach his destination in time, he just may die a bug.