"When Ben started showing a passion for writing, I started looking for an after-school writing program to develop his talent, but I couldn't find many. That's when I realized that our society rewards many other children’s activities. Sports have games throughout the year, certificates for the best players, and medals at the end of the season. If your child loves dancing or playing an instrument, you can enroll at a dance studio or you can easily find music lessons with competitions and concerts in the end of the year. These children are being trained, are improving their talents, and somehow getting recognized and rewarded. There is nothing like this for children who love to write. In 2015 I decided to publish his first book, 'Weirdo' , as Ben’s reward and recognition for writing. It was like giving him his certificate, his medal. Ben hasn't stopped writing since and Spies Publishing was born the following year."
Renata Spies, Ben's mum.
We are super excited to be launching Ben's new book 2020 soon!! Ben's fourth book, and his first sci-fi novel, tells the story of mother and son trying to survive the end of the world...
"Earth's orbit is moving closer to the Sun and our planet is heating up at an alarming rate. The spacecraft sent by NASA to find a new home for the human race has been destroyed.
Twelve-year-old Jacob and his mother Susan are fighting for survival while witnessing the horrors of an apocalyptic world. With so many threats to our planet, the enemy may not come from outer-space, but found right here among us.
Susan and Jacob are quickly running out of time. But hope might come after all.
Just not from where they expect it."