Christopher Hoare

Biography

I am retired and live with my wife, Shirley, and the shelter dog Emmie, in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, writing fiction and working with others on their fiction, as much as life allows. As a lad I lived, breathed, and dreamed aeroplanes; I won a place at RAE Farnborough learning to engineer them. But the reality didn’t fit my dream, so I took off into a stint in the army and then away to join the oil circus. Flying objects are tools when they now appear in my writing―I guess that’s the effect of maturity, but I hope, not a constricted, resigned, and unimaginative maturity. The mind still soars, even without wings, and the dream of carrying others to a better future is now on the page.

Some readers comment that none of my stories take place next door to the lives most people live; the less charitable find similarity in characters who tend to be stubborn, independent, and out of step with the world’s expectations. Perhaps there’s a connection between the worlds I portray in fiction, and my working life in oil exploration in the Libyan Desert, the Canadian Arctic, and the mountains and forests of Western Canada.

My stories have been set in Regency England, Anglo-Saxon Britain, in modern industrial projects, in the alternate world of Gaia, and the fantasy world of Rast. Sometimes I satirize jobs I’ve done. Many of my central characters are smart, beautiful, and dangerous women who lead unwilling males to fulfil the duties before them. Lt. Gisel Matah in “Deadly Enterprise” is perhaps the most Bond-like of these. I like writing novels about realities my readers can enjoy in the guise of dashing adventurers; loyal comrades; lovers; or pledged sovereigns. I hope they find there the spark that brings them to realize greater dreams of their own.

Smashwords Interview

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.
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Where to find Christopher Hoare online


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Books

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.
Masquerade
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.
Arrival
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.

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