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So, you want to learn about me...
I was born in Paris, France, in 1969. I was a good student, though definitely not doing my best. After graduating in Tourism in 1989, I became a travel agent— a nice job, but travel agents spend most of the day entering codes, so I sought out distractions. In the evenings, I studied Japanese for two years (fun), followed by Finance (less fun, but a wise choice), which resulted in a degree in Accounting in 1998. One year later, I left France for the Netherlands and found a home there. My daily occupation is in accountancy, but I also managed to obtain a license in Psychology in 2014 and took a course in Criminology. Yes, I have multiple areas of interest and take them all pretty seriously!
My greatest passion, however, has always been books and creating stories. Before I learned to read, I was making up stories from the images in my baby books. I remember being really disappointed when I was finally able to read the real text. Growing up, I became an avid reader, with a preference for Fantasy and Sci-Fi, but continued to make up my own stories. My mother recently returned to me a booklet I wrote and illustrated when I was eight... so let's just say I already had a well-developed imagination. Over the years, no matter what, whenever I had time, I kept writing.
Writing is fun. Your imagination can go in any direction you choose. You just need to put words on paper: in theory, simple. However, getting serious about writing (getting published) requires hard work and the discipline to stay on track despite the many distractions that come along (I returned to studying Japanese and finally got myself a boyfriend!).
Finding a plot was never a problem—I find inspiration everywhere. Each first draft has been written in the month of November, thanks to the fantastic Nanowrimo project (check out Nanowrimo.org if you've never heard of it). Turning that first draft into a great book, however, is a huge commitment. It's not about being a perfectionist, but rather crafting the story to make it interesting to you, the reader.
I am getting there, if slowly. In 2000, I won a Science Fiction writing contest and my story Kysma was published. I am extremely proud of this, especially considering I spent only four months writing it. Now, after almost 30 years (with five-year breaks here and there), Kadj'el is finally ready. There is more to come... be patient with me.
K S Dearsley
on Aug. 23, 2017 :
This is a novel with elements of epic and urban fantasy in roughly equal proportions held together by its cast of characters and an atmosphere reminiscent of Scandinavian noir. The duo or protagonists didn't always endear themselves to me, but the plot moved quickly and kept me guessing. Another proofread wouldn't be amiss, but the occasional mistake doesn't stop Kadj'el being a page-turner.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)