Do we make history or does history make us who we are? This is one of the many cryptic and intriguing questions posed in the debut novel of Northumberland author Richard Abbot-Brailey. Richard was born in London but has been based in the North East since 1993 and considers the region his home. After studying performing arts at Cumbria College of Art & Design, Richard worked in various roles for Newcastle Theatre Royal. He enjoyed early success with plays written for competitions ran by Tyne Tees TV and BBC Radio before focusing on a career in teaching. The desire to write a novel, teamed with a fascination for time travel, led Richard to find his unique voice in the creation of his first book Azarias Tor: The History Maker. Based in the North East, the story focuses on the protagonist’s journey of discovery into the possibilities of time travel. The plot takes a literary tour around the North East and Cumbria, taking in locations such as Northumberlandia and The Rose Tree Inn at Shincliffe, Durham. The first in a series of three books, Azarias Tor: The History Maker is set for huge success both in the North East and beyond. The book is available online, from Waterstones and other bookshops, and can also be ordered directly through the publisher or author.