Andy Woodage is a young-adult science-fiction and fantasy novelist, living and working as a teacher in Clarens, South Africa. He was born in Nottingham, England and lived most of his early life in various towns in the Midlands, only recently moving to the Free State in South Africa. His first novel is One Small Spark, which is book one in the The After-Time Chronicles.

Andy Woodage fantasy author

As his children grew old enough, Andy began telling them many stories. One day, after a two-hour, epic tale, he realised he was having a lot of fun and decided to give writing a try. One Small Spark is his first novel and the beginning of an epic, fantasy-adventure trilogy.

When Jothan Turson’s home is destroyed by mysterious forces, he must travel across a land filled with genetically-engineered nightmares, avoiding the Empire’s deadly servants, to the fabled Temple of Elohim, in order to find safety and fulfil his unfolding destiny.

More about One Small Spark (Book 1 of The After-Time Chronicles)

Genetic engineering has become the art of war.

Imagine a world without oil. Metals are only available if they can be salvaged or recycled. Even coal is running out. It’s a world where armies no longer build metal monsters, but biological ones.

This is 12-year-old Jothan’s world. Orphaned by a terrible accident, he dreams of one day leaving his uneventful life with his grandparents on the family’s griffin farm. However, when a catastrophic attack wipes out every homestead in The Zoological Zone, his world is turned upside down. Especially when a warrior appears out of the flames and offers to take him to a place of safety, the fabled ‘Temple of Elohim’.

Jothan sets off, accompanied by his best friend, the griffin Gozell, across a land ravaged by poverty and wild creatures. He confronts many dangers along the way and his eyes are opened to an empire in the grip of war and unrest.

Will they make it to the Temple? Will they be welcomed when they arrive? Can Jothan unravel the secrets that seem to control the lives of everyone he meets, including his mysterious saviour?

On his journey, he will make new friends and enemies and discover a destiny beyond anything he has ever dreamed.