Author, Illustrator & Dad living in London (UK)

I’ve been creating characters, writing new worlds and doodling doodles since secondary school. I love it, and I know you will too. That’s why I’m making my content free for anyone. 

My Story. When I was 11, I won a prize for a short story. I was nervous but my passion won through. Retry the Fly By is now in one of my collections, Twilight Tales. I kept creating every morning, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Except Christmas! Then in 2019 I made the leap and published. Since them I’ve created 4 picture books, 2 novellas and more. Ps. I love cats.

Why do I do it?
✓ fuelling children’s imaginations
✓ helping reluctant readers
✓ Creating fun for families

I want to pay it forward. My content is available for free online. 

I also give away physical books to charities, schools, nurseries and children. Help me do it by using the form below.

My Work in Progress

Sample Chapter 1 - Stolen Goods

White strip lights blinked and buzzed overhead in need of repair. Empty crates and discarded odds and sods littered the narrow metal encased corridor. Dark and grimy. Shadows for a shady business. Scrap’s drone whizzed down into the depths of the space port. No other life forms near the target destination aside from Scrap’s two conspirators nearby more

Tinker, a lizard-like species from the planet Gator, scratched his fat stomach with a whip-like tail while his four clawed hands fiddled with a set of tools. Everything about the Calypso's engineer was posed for the next step in their plan. Goop, the other crew member, a scientist, changed its form nervously from a ball, to a box, then a puddle. The fluid based shapeshifter was desperate to fit in with the surroundings and hide, but Scrap didn’t think it made much difference given Goop’s constant yellow fluorescence glow. Something sparked in Scrap’s complex web of circuitry. Was it feeling nerves like Goop? Robots don’t feel emotions or at least, that’s what everyone said. 

Scrap touched the circular communicator on its neck and pointed forward. Clear! The trio quietly approached a single unassuming blast door. The robot pulled off the mask he used to hide its face and scanned the surface, a strip of purple light moving up and down in a horizontal line. Nothing. No control panel. No lock. No indication of what lied beyond. Tinker huffed then jammed a screwdriver between the frame and door and pushed. The tool screamed under the Gator’s strength then bent. Tinker hissed in frustration then moved aside. Goop produced tendrils from its body and felt around the edges then vibrated and made a series of high pitched humming noises. Scrap and Tinker’s  communicators flashed then translated what Goop was saying. 

‘It’s completely sealed with some sort of field. It tingles like when you touch it like a battery cell. I can’t get through.’

‘We’re sure this is the right door?’ Tinker crossed both sets of arms then glanced back down the corridor. ‘It’s not an airlock? I really don’t wanna get spaced. It’s nasty. Your blood boils, you freeze, then get the pleasure of floating around forever like a poo in space.’ 

Scrap opened the image from his memory bank. This was it. Then the robot noticed the loose panel on the floor in the image and looked down while Goop placed a tendril over the Gator’s shoulder. 

‘It’s unlikely you’d float around forever. Another object would smash you to bits once you were in its gravitational pull. You’d more likely be poo dust.’

Tinker shook him off. ‘Yeah, thanks mr science blob. It’s still a bad way to go. Come on tin can. Haven’t you found the image yet? I thought you were fast. Hurry up.’ 

‘The lock was embedded in the floor,’ Scrap replied. ‘I’m attempting to break the code. It’s a polymorphic algorithm. My central processor is running 3 billion calculations.’ 

‘And?’ Tinker raised an eyebrow. 

‘I am …’ Scrap turned his head 180 degrees and looked down at the Gator. ‘Hurrying.’

Intruder detected. Please provide authorisation to deactivate defensive measures. 

Examples of what my readers think...

Molly, Amazon, ★★★★★ 

Twilight Tales

I really enjoyed this collection of stories by Atticus Ryder, I think there is something for everyone in the tales and each has a moral message at the end. It is difficult to pick a favourite but Junk town was interesting in its message about the importance of old things and I liked time to go too as I am interested in the concept of time travel. Overall, a really lovely collection of stories that anyone from any age can get something out of.

Amazon Review

Jojo, Amazon, ★★★★★ 

The Minor Gentleman: & His Upside Down Heart 

A book written for children, but adults will enjoy the adventure. Lucy is a seamstress that is beckoned into the wood by mystical music. Finding a glowing acorn changes her course and sets her on a mission with The Musical Troupe. Can she discover how the famous Minor Gentleman, Stephan, has lost his love of composing and help him get it back?

I found The Minor Gentleman: & His Upside Down Heart a fascinating read, as Atticus Ryder brings his characters alive. Children will enjoy the fantasy of a talking owl and piano as they give direction to Lucy. One of them has been deceived, and Lucy must be careful as she unravels the mysteries aboard the flying airship. The intriguing illustrations add visual clarity to scenes children may not be familiar with, like an airship.


Tina, Waterstones, ★★★★★ 

Just String is a delightful little book, about the adventures of String, who is unsure of his own identity. Who is String? And What else can String be?

String is desperately looking for the answers to this question and eventually realises that he is what he is. Why should he wish to be anything else?

This narrative teaches children to be happy in themselves but if they do want to change, they should be able to without any problems from anyone else. It’s funny that I am reading this book now as an adult, as I tend to have a problem with my own identity. Perhaps if I had this book whilst as a child, I would not have the problems I do now in adulthood.

Recommended for its target readership and maybe one or two adults, too!


Pay it forward

My focus is my readers. I use profit from sales to give away books. I wanted to reach those reluctant readers in the corner of the school library and show them the magic of their own imagination. I set annual giving targets for local and international charities, schools, nurseries and children.

Counts so far...

58 to Children

252 to Charities

14 to Schools

23 to Nursuries

Where have I come from and where am I going to