Simon Lindley is an author, musician and intrepid explorer in the real world and along the rolling landscapes of his imagination. His book, Mannethorn's Key is the first in the Key of Life Trilogy.
A former publisher and Luddite of old-world printing, Simon has been banging out ideas since the days of correction tape and typewriters (hey, it wasn’t that long ago). He lives in the Canadian Rockies with his wife and two dogs, and spends most of his time daydreaming, chopping wood, hiking in the alpine and hammering on the keyboard, usually with a little too much fervor.
Simon is currently working on Book Two of the Key of Life Trilogy and a new urban fantasy series entitled, Gaia’s Assassin. Follow Simon for upcoming book releases, news and events.
What do your fans mean to you?
We all put a lot of time and effort into the things we believe in, and for many of us, seeing those things come to fruition provides us a personal sense of gratification. However, for me, it is magnified when I know that what I've produced generates the same feeling for someone else. Life is about sharing. More importantly, it is about the positive ripples we leave from our lives. Knowing that what I do makes someone else feel good, that in some tiny way I create a ripple, makes life truly joyous. So, in a long-winded way, I'm saying that fans mean everything. I had a blues band. We played gigs on a regular basis. However, before that, I was a hermit both with my music and my writing. After being coerced into performing publicly, the world changed. I watched and felt others feel what I was feeling. It still sends tingles up my spine just thinking about it, and it changed me forever. I'm still a bit of a hermit. And yet, the experience opened my eyes to the fact that until we put it 'out there', until we share our souls with those we respect and value, we contribute fewer positive ripples from our lives. Fans give me far more than I ever give them, but I strive to return the favour.
What are you working on next?
Mannethorn's Key is the first in a trilogy, so I'm already actively working on Book Two. I also have a new project that I am quite excited about, an urban fantasy entitled Gaia's Assassin. It's dark, a bit dystopian, but I feel it's quite unique from the work we're seeing in those genres.
Book One: Mannethorn's Key.
Algarth Willowbrow is about to gamble everything. His once-powerful Order is in ruins, and he faces an unwinnable battle to save his life and his people. In a last, desperate attempt, he lures his arch nemesis deep within his keep, hoping to utilize him to reclaim a long-hidden magic, powerful enough to save the Realm – or destroy it.
Bartholomew Waxman, former derivatives broker extraordinaire has gambled everything – and lost. Bankrupt, unemployed and divorced, his only hope for salvation is to start anew, to try and rebuild his self-inflicted shattered life. But at his first job interview, he is grabbed by a spell and thrust into the netherworld of Between, to be groomed to wield a power so vast that it will decide a world’s fate.
The only hope for the Realm is the reluctant and unprepared Bartholomew, a damaged Algarth whose powers are gravely in doubt – and the Key of Life, with its true power hidden from all.
Delve into the beginnings of a vast fantasy epic that embraces a man, a wizard and a world seeking redemption.