ONE DREAMS OF THE FUTURE. ONE HAS NIGHTMARES ABOUT THE PAST. Seventeen-year-old Stephen lives in a neighborhood where street gangs rule. He wants no part of that, so keeps his head down to avoid becoming a victim. But staying invisible is tough, especially when Archie is in the vicinity. To Archie, Stephen is a painful reminder of everything he's missed out on-sober, caring parents, a decent education, good friends, a bright future. When he spots a weakness in the younger boy, he targets him for payback. The inevitable confrontation results in a series of events that propels Stephen down a pathway of deception and criminality, threatening those closest to him. He must find a way out of the mess before it's too late. Then one night, Archie's dream becomes Stephen's nightmare. Small Fish Big Fish is a coming of age story that echoes the struggles, uncertainty, and hopes of young people everywhere. The tension, suspense, and twists and turns in this gripping psychological thriller will keep you guessing until the last page. If you enjoy true-life settings filled with compelling characters, suspenseful mystery and a touch of young love, then you'll love PJ McDermott's twist on the traditional coming of age story. What Readers Say "Every young person wants to know they're not alone. We are all Stephen at some stage in our lives, lost, confused, trying to fit in, struggling to come to grips with our lives and who we are. This book does this flawlessly." "This really is a wonderful story that all young people can relate to. It takes an age-old battle and puts it splendidly into words that many will appreciate. I could not believe the climax." "Your book reminds me of Frank McCourt's biography of his life growing up in Ireland." "The portrayal of the bully and the victim of bullying is brilliant." Purchase your copy of this inspiring story today. E-Book and paperback also available.
PJ McDermott was born in his grandparents house in the town of Barrhead just outside Glasgow, but spent most of his growing up in Ferguslie Park, a notorious suburb of Paisley, where he developed a healthy appreciation for self preservation.
In his teens and early twenties, PJ sang and played in a number of bands on the local folk circuit and pub scene. By twenty-one, a girlfriend convinced him to go to Glasgow University where he had a ball, and graduated Bachelor of Science. When he graduated, he met and fell in love with an Aussie girl who convinced him to return to Melbourne with her. Married to Susan, they now have two children (Fiona and Gillian) and two grandchildren (Mia, who is especially cheeky) and Ryder Patrick (who is too young to be cheeky yet - but is very cute).
PJ discovered a love for writing and published his first book in 2014 - a coming of age novel titled "Small Fish Big Fish", since fully re-visioned, revised and reissued.
PJ is currently working on the third book in his science fiction series, the Prosperine Trilogy. The first two, "Avanaux: A Hickory Lace scifi-fantasy adventure", and "Rise of the Erlachi" are available in paperback and eBook.