Crowdfunding Dream: Robot Dragons Come From Mars, Video Shoot!


Just call me 'One-take Syed' from now on.

A few weeks ago I had the most fun afternoon reading the story of the Robot Dragons to some very discerning customers.

It was all part of what will be the promotional video for Robot Dragons; The Crowdfunding Project.

I took along some of the original artwork created by Shiela Alejandro and read the story through.

I think they seemed to enjoy it.

I certainly had great fun pretending that I was a star!

The photo shoot was directed by the highly talented and organised James Stothard who was just as good with telling me what to do as he was with the kids!

It started off quite stressful for all us, stepping into the great unknown like that, but James made it all run very smoothly indeed.

I also want to say a huge 'Thank You' to the Anchor in Jericho.

The staff were so patient and pretty much left us alone to get on with it, even though we must have created an enormous disruption to their service. Thank you!!


Robot Dragons Come From Mars is a picture book aimed at 4-6 year olds and will be available to purchase through a crowdfunding project soon!


Crowdfunding Dream: Toy Dragon Coming Soon!


Hopefully, today I am expecting to receive this little dragon. He, along with 9 of his friends will be one of the prizes if you pledge a certain amount towards the crowdfunding project.

I can't wait to see what he looks like in real life!


Robot Dragons Crowdfunding Dream: Meet the Illustrator



I thought of the idea of the Robot Dragons, but it was the wonderful illustrations created by Shiela Alejandro that really brought them to life. She added their cheeky smiles and just the right amount of 'robot' and 'dragon'.

Because I had started writing them already as scary flying monsters before they took over and corrected me, I wasn't completely sure who they were, but the moment I saw these three characters, I was certain they had arrived from Mars and were ready to play!

Earlier this month I got the chance to ask Shiela some questions about how she works and she was kind enough to give me some insight into her working day.

Here is the result of that interview:


How did you get into illustration / art?

- I started drawing since kindergarten, I use to draw fields, stick drawings and cartoons. As I grow up, I decided I want to draw for the rest of my life.
What do you want people to feel or think when they view your art?
- I want them to feel happy, and be a kid again. Life is great.

What is your  working environment like?
- I took Fine arts in college, so from there I got surrounded with fellow artists and it was fun because I get do what I love with people with the same passion.

What was the best advice given to you as an illustrator?
- The best advice I got was "Don't ever think that you know everything, there are so much things to learn."

What made you smile today?
-  I get to spend my Sunday with my family, it was a nice feeling after 6 days of work.





Catch some more of Shiela's work here.



The crowdfunding campaign will run for 8 weeks from the end of July. Look out for some special prizes and perks!








Five More Days To Go Till The Crowdfunding Goes Live



It is such a strange feeling between hope and anticipation. I am about to launch a crowdfunding project to promote my new book: Robot Dragons Come From Mars.

It is going to be a picture book for 4-6 year olds and, if funded, will be available in both hardback and softback versions.

I can't wait for it to start!
Robot Dragons Come From Mars!

Please do visit my Facebook Page for more information.

Robot Dragons From Mars - the beginning

Initially, Robot Dragons were going to live in a world similar to those created by Anne McCaffrey.

It was going to be a hard-hitting story about Robot Dragons which come and try to invade the Earth, and last year I wrote half a chapter with exactly this in mind. But at some stage, these funny little characters just came along and took over the whole idea and instead of flying around attacking us, all they wanted to do was sit around eating and playing.

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Crowdfunding Dragons

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So, the story of the Robot Dragons From Mars was born, and somehow, the idea of setting up a crowdfunding project also arrived at the same time.