Paul Cude

Biography

Paul Cude is a husband, father, field hockey player and aspiring photographer. Lost without his hockey stick, he can often be found in between writing and chauffeuring children, reading anything from comics to sci-fi, fantasy to thrillers. Too often found chained to his computer, it would be little surprise to find him, in his free time, somewhere on the Dorset coastline, chasing over rocks and sand in an effort to capture his wonderful wife and lovely kids with his camera. Paul Cude is also the author of the Bentwhistle the Dragon series of books.

Smashwords Interview

What got you started in wanting to be a writer?
Oddly it just happened. Sounds a bit crazy really, but one night, when my eldest daughter was just a baby (she's not far off 11 now) I had the single most realistic dream I've ever had. I didn't remember it until the following day, but when I did, I swear it was just like watching a movie in my head.....so graphic, so intense, so.....mesmerising. Anyhow, I told my wife, who was gobsmacked to say the least. And so was what she said to me, "You have to write it, you just have to." At the time I just laughed her idea off, bearing in mind that at the time I could only type with two fingers. But over a period of I suppose months, I kept getting more dreams, flashbacks into the story.......sometimes little details, sometimes insights into the characters, sometimes twists and turns to do with the plot. In the end I suppose looking back it was inevitable that I would write it. First I taught myself to type properly.....3 months, and then, well...........I began. At first I needed complete silence to be able to write, something there wasn't a lot of bearing in mind I was taking care of one young child, with another on the way. But over time I've learned to filter it all out and can now write with the kids playing around me if I need to, but I still think I do work more efficiently in total silence. It has taken a long time, and I was surprised how hard and crucial the editing process was. But in the end it was most definitely worth it.
Who are your favorite authors today and who were your favorite authors when you were younger?
When in my late teens, I mistakenly ordered a Tom Clancy book.....Debt of Honour. I was too lazy to return it, so it sat on my bedside table for weeks. Until one evening, when I picked it up and started to read it. Many hours later I put it down, only because I needed a few hours sleep before I went to work. I was hooked. After finishing that, I went out and bought all the other Tom Clancy books I could find. It was also about that time that the Star Wars expanded universe books started to appear. I caught sight of the first one while working in a book shop in my role of service engineer. I can remember it clearly: Star Wars Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn. It had a striking blue cover with some of the Star Wars characters on it, and I had to buy it there and then, in the middle of doing my job, much to the amusement of the owner of the bookshop. My love of the expanded universe has continued ever since, and as soon as the next book comes out..............I have to have it.
It seems my love of books goes in phases. If I have nothing to read, I wander around a bookshop until I find something I like the look of and then read it. If I get hooked, I go back and find other books by that author. Examples of this for me are Terry Goodkind and Christopher Paolini............I love all of their books. The detail, the plot......the characters....are just all amazing. I can only dream of writing as well as they do. Other authors I've found and loved this way include Robin Hobb, J.V. Jones, David Gemmell and Trudi Canavan, to name but a few. I love the way they use their imaginations and the worlds that they create on the pages of the book. They're all very easy to visualize.
My favorite author of all though, is the wonderful Terry Pratchett. If you haven't read one of his books you really should. While I love pretty much all the books he's written, the ones about the guards of Ankh-Morpork, Captain Carrot, Sam Vimes, Corporal Nobbs, Angua and of course the Lord Vetinari, are easily my favourites. The characters themselves are described in magnificent detail, all with their own funny little ways. The plots twist and turn like a raging river, and the humour..........well, let's just say that is exactly on my wavelength. I've cried with laughter on many occasions reading some of Terry Pratchett's books, and I can't recall doing that for any other author I've read. If you're a reading fan, you really must try one of his books.
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Books

A Right Royal RumpASS
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,030. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Barely hatched, Peter helps Richie compete to represent their nursery ring, but the class bully outwits her. Suspected of using unknown magic to get ahead, the friends are determined to expose his cheating. An unflappable newcomer becomes a worthy ally as aerial antics abound in an illicit laminium ball match whose outcome may determine one dragon's fate. You'd be absolutely BATTY to miss it!
Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Twisted Prophecy
Series: Bentwhistle the Dragon. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 159,590. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
The dragon domain faces the planet's greatest fear: global terrorism by an unknown force of magic users. Will a white dragon turn out to be their saviour, or will a fierce lacrosse match prove to be the turning point for an unconventional rescue? With a hoard of treasure and more magical artefacts than a witch's kitchen, you'll have to read on to find out if everything will turn out all white!
Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Chilling Revelation
Series: Bentwhistle the Dragon, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 216,480. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Peter Bentwhistle, the human shaped dragon hero, returns in this electrifying adventure. Friends old and new clash with ancient enemies in an outrageous attack on Earth. Lost secrets and untold lore come to light, while sinister forces attempt to steal coveted magic. Explosive exploits are set against a chilly backdrop with unexpected danger at every turn. 'Snow way you'll wanna miss this!
Bentwhistle the Dragon in A Threat from the Past
Series: Bentwhistle the Dragon, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 157,320. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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An adventure story children and adults alike will love. Three young dragons in their human guises become caught up in an evil plot to steal a precious commodity. Team sports teach them life lessons which become vital in equipping them to deal with a dragon enemy. Humour and fascinating insights into the dragon world are interspersed throughout the book. You'd be flamin' mad to miss it!

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