The Wishing Shelf Book Awards – Endurance

Endurance was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what the readers thought of it. 
Star Rating: 3 stars

“A very enjoyable, fun read. Exciting, ever scary.” 

“The plot is exciting and I liked the London setting.” 

“Very exciting with lots of twists and turns.” – The Wishing Shelf Awards

Writing Style 6/10

Plot/Story/Contents 7/10

Of the 16 readers…

8 thought the cover was good or excellent.

7 would read another book by T. J. Blake

12 felt the plot was the best part of the book.

Endurance is available on Amazon now! 


New Thriller New Title?

I have been trying to think of a title for my new thriller for a while now, but I may have finally thought of a title worth considering. 

After originally submitting the first few chapters of ‘The Dog Walk’ for my dissertation, I then decided to continue writing it and adapt it into a full novel. I was initially going to stick with ‘The Dog Walk’ as the title for the book, but for me it just wasn’t right. I thought of titles such as ‘Woodland Walker’, ‘Collared’ and ‘Woodlands’, but none of which suited the book. Now though I have a title which is well suited and definitely my best title yet.

The piece of work originated from my Creative Writing Dissertation (Which I gladly received a First for). I did a lot of research into the field of psychogy before creating the characters and story. With my readings, I was able to create the intricate and intriguingly strange and lonely main character Billy. 

I’m happy with how the story is currently unfolding, and I can’t wait to get it finished and published for all of you to read. 

Humanely release the Orca whale known as Tilikum to a seapen for rehab – Watch Blackfish and sign the petition!

I have today finally got around to watching Blackfish, and even though it did make me cry, it opened my narrow, naive and ignorant mind to it all.

I have been to SeaWorld three times. I thought that the Whales were all well looked after and very happy in captivity, I mean a lot of people believe that right? We’re all mistaken. They aren’t happy and are kept in poor conditions. Their lives are miserable. I feel dirty for ever going to SeaWorld, and I certainly won’t be going ever again! 

Whether you have been to SeaWorld or not, you HAVE to watch Blackfish and conduct your own research to learn the harrowing and heartbreaking truths of Tilikum and SeaWorld’s ‘care’ for him. It’s completely shocking and inhumane. SeaWorld should be ashamed of themselves. I hope that they get shut down, and Tilikum can try to recover from his years of hurt and frustration. 

Watch Blackfish and support the cause in anyway you can. There are many petitions, Facebook groups etc highlighting the appeal to free Tilikum, but the most important thing is to spread the word and open the mind of the millions of small minded and ignorant humans. 

As human beings, lets do the right thing and do what is best for Tilikum!

Finally Graduated… Even though I did look like a student of Hogwarts

After three years of writing fiction, screenplays, radio scripts, stage scripts, poetry, short fiction, flash fiction and studying the many theorists within the English Language, I have finally graduated Kingston University with a BA(Hons) degree in Creative Writing with English Language and Communications.


Education was very difficult for me at first; especially for a child who had speech therapy and attended extra classes for handwriting, spelling and mathematics.
I had a tough time learning throughout the school years of my education. I think a huge effect was that I was put down by a number of teachers along the way; always predicting me mediocre grades. I remember one teacher told me that I would be lucky to get a ‘D’ in English Language and completely doubted my ability to attend university to study English.
Well here I am, around 3 years after you told me I wouldn’t go to uni; with a mortarboard on my head, and a degree in Creative Writing with English Language & Communications added to my CV.
I am confident that I’ve proved you wrong, but I do have to thank you for spurring me on to do so.

From this post you can take the belief that no one should have the right to tell you that you can’t do something. Do not let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve something. If you want to attend university, then you can do it!

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