Paul Bondsfield

Biography

Paul Bondsfield grew up in a small village in Hampshire, England but has travelled widely and lived in several countries including Denmark, New Zealand, Jersey and South Africa. But southern Africa is his spiritual home, the region of the world where his mother’s family came from and through which he travelled for several months in the early 1990’s.

He now lives with his family in Farnham, Surrey (UK) works in the travel industry and plays drums in a rock band.

Acacia is his first novel and was borne out of a real painting left him by his Grandma, herself born and raised in Rhodesia. This painting was as described in Acacia, and too yielded up its own secrets some years after it came into Paul’s possession.

He’s currently working on his second book, ‘The Oak’

Smashwords Interview

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.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Paul Bondsfield online

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Books

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.

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