Interview with Paul Bondsfield

When did you first start writing?
I've written for most of my professional life, but started writing for pleasure in 2003 after returning to the UK from a 10 year stint in New Zealand.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When my Grandma died in the 1980's she left me an African painting that had hung on her wall for as long as I could remember. Many years later, when I was refitting the frame, I found several other paintings tucked in behind the original. It set me wondering, what else might have been hidden there: a treasure map perhaps? (I've always had a lively imagination.)
So, Acacia is a story based on that discovery and what might have been. More than that though, it's based on my own travels through southern Africa; the people I met, including extended family and the places I went. It's a very personal story in that way, but with a whole fictional story layered on top of fact.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love technology - without being a geek about it. The fact it allows anyone the freedom of expression and the chance to put yourself out there, for others to share, critique, love, hate or otherwise, your work.
I tried the traditional route, sending my manuscript to countless agents, but despite some interest, their marketing departments always seemed to have the last say.
Thinking that so many bestselling authors have been similarly passed over for publication, I got over my increasing feelings of inadequacy over so many rejections and decided to take the plunge by myself.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Escape. Writing is like being able to daydream: to imagine and let your mind roam free for a while.
There's also an intellectual challenge involved though. Deciding on structure, ensuring all strands of the story link together and make sense.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'll tell you when I get some. Hopefully sometime soon. ;0)
What are you working on next?
I am part way through a new story called The Oak (seems to be a tree theme here).
Similar to Acacia, it's part historical and part in the present, but based in a fictional village in Hampshire (some would say very similar to the village in which I grew up) with Viking roots.
Can't tell you much more than that for now. Partly because I don't know and partly because I don't want to give away any secrets.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My kids and the need to make some money to feed and clothe them.
Published 2013-11-19.
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Books by This Author

Acacia - Secrets of an African Painting
Price: Free! Words: 118,800. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » African
Two families battle across time and continents in the hunt for a treasure buried in the African bush. Loves and loyalties are tested as one seeks riches and answers to a century-old mystery while the other wants to restore tribal pride at any cost. James & Tara Braughton travel to Africa to solve the riddle, but they discover disturbing truths that could either change lives - or end them.