|Tony Flood has spent most of his working life as a sports and leisure journalist on various national and regional papers. – and this is his first children’s novel.
Tony, formerly Controller of Information at Sky Television, Editor of Football Monthly magazine and Sports Editor of the Lancashire Evening Telegraph, retired as a journalist when he left the Sunday People in 2010 and has since become an author.
His first book, a fantasy adventure called The Secret Potion, has been strongly recommended by actress June Whitfield and hailed as an ideal follow up to Harry Potter by author Jessica Duchen.
More recently, he has written 'tell all' celebrity book My Life With The Stars – Best, Ali and the Panties, featuring stories and anecdotes about the many big names he has interviewed from the worlds of show business and sport, followed by Triple Tease, a spicy crime thriller recommended by best selling authors Peter James and Tamara McKinley, actor Brian Capron and the SUN Newspaper's Stuart Pink
Tony, who at the age of 68 still plays football for a veterans club and tennis at Devonshire Park Lawn Tennis Club, also edits books and writes theatre reviews for the Brighton Argus. In addition, he finds time to encourage other writers as chairman of Anderida Writers of Eastbourne.
His work as a leisure writer, critic and sports editor for the Richmond and Twickenham Times and Kentish Times Series saw him take on a variety of challenges – learning to dance with Strictly Come Dancing star Erin Boag, becoming a stand-up comedian and playing football with the late George Best and Bobby Moore.
Tony has interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment and in the sporting world – including Muhammad Ali, Linda Gray, Britt Ekland, Frankie Howerd, Patsy Kensit, Petula Clark, Kate O'Mara, Joe Pasquale, Seb Coe, Sir Alex Ferguson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Bobby Robson and top comedy writers Galton and Simpson.
Tony has dedicated his books to the memory of his parents Mabel and Dennis Flood and his grandparents Winnie and Reggie Burwash, who brought him up with so much love and kindness. They, together with his lovely wife Heather and son James, have been an inspiration to him as a writer.