Interview with K S Dearsley

What motivated you to become an indie author?
When my novel Discord's Child was accepted by a publisher I was thrilled. I was given a rough time-scale for the editing process, but wasn't unduly worried when time stretched on and I heard nothing. I waited a few weeks before giving them a gentle reminder and was put I touch with the editor. Then it was back to waiting. Finally, I checked the publisher's website one day and discovered that the company had folded due to the owner's ill-health. By this time 10 months had elapsed. I was so disappointed, especially as I felt I'd wasted almost a year. What was to prevent something similar happening again? It was then I decided to go it alone, after all, the novel had been accepted for publication so I knew I was good enough. Now, here I am with the sequel, Discord's Apprentice, about to be published on 1st June 2015.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Discord's Apprentice is the second in The Exiles of Ondd series. Taken with the first, Discord's Child, I've now written around 240,000 words of what was meant to be an idea for a short story. There was a competition for tales on a music theme, and it occurred to me how music sparks memories, changes your mood or conjures images. How would it feel to be able to hear the notes, but not to feel the music? This became mixed up with notions of balance and energy inspired by learning Tai Chi Chuan. The result was the creation of Ro and the Iyessi.
Describe your desk
I don't dare open the window in my workroom in case a gust of wind shuffles the heaps of paper that are distributed over the desk. It looks chaotic, but each mound is there for a purpose, and I know exactly what's in it. The theory is that I can reach everything I need without having to leave my chair. When the piles grow high enough to threaten a paper slide, I'll sort through them, but I know as soon as I tidy something away, I'm bound to want it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I live with my husband and two bichon frisé dogs, so when I'm not writing we like to go for walks in the countryside. I also practise Tai Chi Chuan and am addicted to reading. Although I don't have a pen in my hand, I often find that I'm still writing, as all my 'leisure' activities give me ideas that feed into my work.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm usually woken by one of the dogs tapping the bed with its paw. They always wake up happy and are ready for play, a fuss or breakfast. They live in the moment: yesterday's forgotten, tomorrow doesn't exist. Humans could learn a lot from them. What's more, they're my biggest fans!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has helped my writing reach people around the world, and I love its flexibility. Access to the work of other indie authors that I might otherwise have never seen, and reading interviews with them about their writing life inspires and encourages me.
Published 2015-05-25.
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Books by This Author

Discord's Apprentice
Price: $2.99 $1.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 122,970. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
The only way she can keep those she loves safe is to find the Dragon and wake it. King Channan controls Najarind again and Ro hopes to rest, but as guests gather to celebrate the naming of the heir, she makes a disturbing discovery. The forces that would plunge the world into chaos are regrouping, and a storm is gathering about her. Can she find the Dragon before they do?
Discord's Child
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 118,140. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Trouble was coming–the elements weren't where they should be, and then there was Ro. Feared by her fellow villagers, she and her family are exiled. They head for the city, but accused of murder, hunted and betrayed, they become entangled in the eternal struggle between the Dragon and the Worm. If legends are to be believed, only Ro and a baby stand between the world and destruction.
Artists & Liars
Price: $2.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 22,050. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Clumsy cleaners, bashful models, self-centred divas, disciples and devotees–the short stories, flash fiction and poetry in Artists & Liars look at the art world from every angle.