Interview with Christopher Hoare

What's the story behind your latest book?
The Peril of Rast is an opposite story to all the men's magazines I remember from my teens growing up in Britain after the war. The books my mother's tenants used to throw out were full of young men going to the 'empire',as it was known in those days, and bringing order and chaos to the poor natives. Rast is here the primitive society that relies on magic, and on animals for transportation, but they are smart enough to confound and defeat the invading Offrangs with their latest steam powered galleys and steam land transporters.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
All of my published novels have previously been released by royalty paying publishers, but the novels I am adding to Smashwords were not doing very well with their publishers. I have taken the rights back for my Fantasy "The Peril of Rast" and the Iskander series and are releasing them under my Autarkikal imprint.

I also have books here under other publishers. My Roberta Stephenson trilogy published by Tyche Books can be found among the SF or Steampunk titles.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest pleasure is meeting with enthusiastic readers who want to talk books---and especially what I am working on now.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes. It was the one that garnered all the rejection slips saying 'all of our readers liked it but...' and the message was in the 'but'.
It was a historical novel about the arrival of the Saxons into Roman Britain, and I wrote it as a contrarian rework of all the fanciful tales of the mythological King Arthur. Many years later I met an author who had made his name writing all the Arthurian fantasies I avoided...far more successful than me. But somehow when I told him the story of my attempts and failures to write the opposite to his he didn't seem at all amused.
How do you approach cover design?
With professional artists. Much of the problem with the novels I had to take from the first publishers was their use of poor cover design. They probably frightened many potential readers away. I paid good money to replace the earlier artwork on the covers of the books I have at Smashwords. One of the things I really like about Tyche Books, that also has novels of mine here, is the fantastic artwork.
What are you working on next?
The final novel in the Roberta Stephenson trilogy for Tyche Books (also on Smashwords) has to be prepared for release this November and although I have finished the draft we have not yet started the editing.

I also have a completely new novel called Mindstream with my beta readers. It is a contrarian science fiction story that has some quantum mechanics and some esoteric Tibetan Buddhist events. The elevator pitch is...When Michael Crumthorne left cybernetics to found a monastery he didn't expect to become Earth's representative to the entire universe.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Chopping wood and carrying water.
Published 2015-02-28.
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Books by This Author

Scandal and Secrets
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,240. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2016 by Tyche Books Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
It’s a race against time as Roberta Stephenson oversees the construction of the steamship HMS Antiochus to turn back Napoleon’s invasion fleet.
The Wildcat's Burden
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,500. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Novel Five of the Iskander series. Gisel and Yohan are married and she is pregnant with her first child. No maternity leave for the Wildcat...Colonel M'Tov cannot spare her. He appoints her the military governor of Skrona, the most dangerous city in the world and calls it a desk job. Sure...all of her enemies know exactly where to find her.
The Wildcat's Victory
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 112,560. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Novel Four of the Iskander Series. Gisel and Yohan have become joint managers of the Iskander/Felger Partnership, Gisel responsible for security and Yohan the Baron's representative. Romance is in the air, but there is a problem. Someone is stealing a steam engine to send to the Empire, Gisel suspects the Baron, but could it be Yohan?
Deadly Enterprise
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 120,500. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Novel Three of the Iskander series. More than two years after her ordeal in Masquerade, Gisel is an experienced officer in Iskander's Security Service, sometimes known as the Wildcat. It is time for her to take on the deadliest assignment of them all...a covert operation to change the allegiance of a whole city.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,010. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Novel Two of the Iskander series. Gisel Matah is in officer training aboard the covert operations craft Sirius when a priority assignment sends her and Sirius into enemy country up the River Megalon. She earns her spurs and her promotion in the deadly task to find the missing Grand Duke of Burgundene.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 124,150. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Novel one of the Iskander series. When the starship Iskander comes out of worm hole jump they find something has gone terribly wrong...instead of arriving at the colony world N-3, they are in orbit around a very strange alternate Earth, with no way to leave. It has no signs of technological progress. Their first contact with the inhabitants tells them that their technology will not be welcomed.
The Peril of Rast
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,990. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
When the magic revolts to destroy the reigning Drogar, unleashing old enemies against Rast, a new danger lands upon the coast. An adventurer who scoffs at the thought of magic, Commander Antar, comes to pillage Rast for the burning stone that can fuel his iron furnaces, and to conquer the magic kingdom.
Spies and Subterfuge
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,120. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2014 by Tyche Books Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Alternative history
Their mission compromised, Roberta and her friends will survive only by outwitting Fouché, Napoleon’s spymaster.
Steam & Stratagem
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 83,520. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013 by Tyche Books Ltd.. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk, Fiction » Historical » Regency
Roberta Stephenson is designing a ship to defeat Napoleon's invasion plan, but would-be suitors keep getting in the way.