Paul W Robinson
Paul Wilfred Robinson, writing as Paul W. Robinson, was a teacher for over thirty years before becoming an adviser to schools on matters relating to special needs. His particular specialism was deafness and he studied sign language as part of this work, achieving a pass in BSL level two.
Towards the end of his career, Paul reduced his hours so that he could concentrate on writing. His initial aim was to write stories to show children and young people how deaf children, and children with disabilities, are no different to any other youngsters. They like (or hate) One Direction and the Arsenal Football Club; they worry about their exams and homework; they have hobbies and love their families; and solve crimes… Yes, really!
It was during a conversation with a senior teacher in a comprehensive school that Paul discovered his first hero, Charlie. As Paul was packing away his papers, a girl came in to the senior teacher’s office. She’d been sent there for being naughty. The teacher said, “Oh Charlotte, what have you done now?!”
That was it, the proverbial light bulb came on in Paul’s head and Charlotte Holmes the teenage deaf detective was born. In Paul’s words, Charlie came into his life, and simply took over the writing of the stories. The first book Paul published was Charlie and the Dream, four short stories which introduced the character and gave her a friend called Joanne Watson. And after five books, the two girls are still together and are still catching crooks! (The fifth book, Charlie and the Black Widow, will be published in the late spring.)
Alongside the Charlie books Paul has begun a new series, continuing the theme of strong female heroes with Jenny Jones. Jenny, willingly or unwillingly, is plunged into adventures in time, travelling back into the nineteenth century and borrowing the bodies of two teenagers who will grow up to be very famous women. This series is called Timesplit, and the first two stories are now published in one volume.