Gavin Hetherington

Gateshead

I was born on May 7, 1992 to Barry Hetherington and Norma Nicholson in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead. I spent some of my childhood in Deckham before moving to the street of Burney Villas, which was where I spent a lot of my childhood. I have some of the best memories of that street and growing up.

I went to South Street Primary School which was the best primary school in the entire world (in my opinion). It was there where I began a fixation and love for literature. I read books night and day and I was completely submerged in the worlds that other people created. I wanted to create some of my own, so I would write silly little short stories about witches, ghosts, ghouls - anything fantasy related, specifically supernatural.

For my eighth birthday in May 2000, one of my aunts bought me the third book in the Harry Potter series - The Prisoner of Azkaban - which I wanted to read straight away but I realised it was the third in a series, so I begged and pleaded my parents to take me to Woolworths to buy me the first two. They obliged because they were loving parents and I could be a nightmare so it was more to shut me up. I read the first three Potter books instantly and could not wait for the fourth to be released in July, but I had to wait until Christmas before my parents could buy me it, so I would read it at my school's library. This wasn't a story about how I love Harry Potter (because I do eternally), but it was J. K. Rowling's magical creation that made me WANT to write for the rest of my life. She gave me ambition. She gave me a clear sense of direction of where I wanted my life to go.

I began plotting my own fictional series about a witch and her friends. The main character was called Lucy Knickleback so that is what I called the series, just like Harry Potter. I would write for hours. It's just a shame those hours were wasted because the chapters I wrote were garbage. On February 3, 2008, I began a new series in the form of a made-up television show called Urban Legends. I plotted things to a T. Characters, storylines. I saw the potential in it so I began writing it down as a novel in November 2009 and wrote three drafts from then, to May 2011. I sent the third draft around to five different agents but got rejected by them all, but one lovely agent told me she enjoyed the material. In May 2012, I gave the series a complete makeover and renamed the series to Abyssal Sanctuary. Here I am!

  • Work
    • Greggs
  • Education
    • Joseph Swan School
    • Newcastle City Learning
    • Gateshead College