ANDREW DONEGAN was paid for publication in NOT SHUT UP magazine recently with his 2000-word short story PROTECT THE PRINCESS. It is his first publication in print and he hopes every one of a possible 7500 people will read it, although if only a single person reads it and likes it then that will do him. His overriding emotion is relief that one of his best efforts has gained some exposure. It is a personal favourite for him and the added pictures were a pleasant bonus. He says "It is very nice seeing someone's interpretation of your work. It gave me an idea of how nice it must be to be a best-selling novelist who can sit back and watch movies adapted from their books."
For anybody remotely interested, the idea was a direct result of watching the climactic scene at the end of the movie BEOWULF. He doesn't usually watch 'animation-type' movies, but the action finale in this one touched him so much he had to translate his interpretation of it into words. From screen-to-page instead of vice-versa. He says again:
"I was heart-struck, and I knew I wasn't ever doing better than that. So I imitated the premise. And from that starting point, developing those emotions that had vibrated so potently within, from there could do no wrong."
Not Shut Up published by Hugh Stoddart (Thank you!)
Black& white Illustrations by Anita (Thank you!)
Top official Beowulf comic illustration coloured-in by Andrew Donegan