Howard Rydor is the pen name of Howard Gaukrodger. Howard was brought up in the south of England, where he attended Reading Grammar School. It was here, he first dipped his toe into a puddle of childhood success when he was awarded the John Kendrick Prize for writing. He then went on to specialise in foreign languages at the University of Loughborough. Howard’s involvement in languages promoted his already-keen interest in overseas adventure, and by the age of 25, he had travelled extensively throughout Europe, North Africa and parts of South America.
In 1985, Howard established a translation and language consultancy business in Norway, where he lived for nearly 16 years. A tour of New Zealand then fostered a love for the antipodes and triggered the desire to emigrate once more. Howard became a NZ citizen in 2003.
His interest in writing continued with studies in poetry and fiction in 2014, and 2017 sees his first novel in the field of fiction for young adults. Howard’s immersion in diverse cultures and languages provides inspiration for his writing, while observation of human and animal behaviour feeds his ideas for characters and events we can all relate to.
Now, as he participates in his son’s education and development, Howard sees the differences of child and adult perceptions of world events. An understanding of both is a rich resource for any writer.
Maluk, the hero of Lufianblid: Global Dawning, has circumnavigated the world twice, popping out of Howard’s travel bags on planes and buses, and making children happy wherever he goes. If Maluk can make more children happy with this novel, he’ll be chuffed to have contributed to their wellbeing and to their awareness of climate change issues.
We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.