Will Shand


Will Shand was born sometime in the last century and has pottered around doing a number of jobs since that happy event. Most of these have been in some way connected with education. Having written such classics as 'A Pay Structure for Teaching Assistants' and 'Attendance Policy Update' he decided to try and write something more fun; and so he wrote, 'Not Quite Beowulf' a novel that set out to explore some of the political and ethical philosophy underlying the old tale, but really was just a bit of an excuse for a rather twisted adventure story.
He enjoyed this so much that he immediately started a sequel that promises to be every bit as foolish as the first book.
When not writing or working (surely writing isn’t working?) he likes to run, read and watch films.
He is lucky enough to have a terrific family and live in Worthing, which as all men know is the true earthly paradise.

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
The book is based on the original Beowulf, but not quite. Chunks of the original plot survive and the main characters come from the original, however there isn't a lot that stays the same after that. NQB looks at the old story with a modern eye. Why should Beowulf be the hero and Grendel the villain?
In a world where humans have steadily encroached upon all the other species and have had such a significant effect on the environment, advancing the argument that he does what is best for men and this is why he is the hero just doesn't carry the same weight.
So, I got interested in the whole character of Beowulf and he emerged a much darker and ruthless figure. He is clearly, in NQB a villain, and a very modern villain insofar as he understands the ethical issues that confront him, but prefers to ignore these in order to fulfill a traditional role.
That all sounds a bit serious! To some extent I just wanted to play around with an old story and liven it up a bit.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I really like the idea of just being able to write a story and then put it out for people to read. E publishing is very simple and direct. It means that anyone can just write and share without having to worry if the content fits a genre, or is fashionable. It's very simple and direct.
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Where to find Will Shand online


The Not Quite Histories of Beowulf
The improbable adventures of the philosophically gifted, vertically challenged hero, his friend and their (formerly Royal) dog. Is he a monster or a monster slayer? Man or superman? Beowulf explores the greyest areas of the moral spectrum, poking his horned helmet, where it is least wanted - in the underbelly of a strangely evolving, historically inaccurate Medieval Europe. From the Biggest Beer Hall Ever Built, through the frenzy of the French Succession, to the mysterious unravelling of fate in the East; the series that keeps the Dark Ages dark!

Not Quite Beowulf

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Beowulf is Back

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Beowulf is Back
Series: The Not Quite Histories of Beowulf. Price: Free! Words: 68,020. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Beowulf is back, but for how long? Already on the run, he is drawn into multitude of conspiracies surrounding the French Succession. Pursued by assassins, trolls and a mysterious stranger, Beowulf is drawn into a high stakes game of 'which Louis should be king?' Look out for ambush, intrigue, fast donkey carts, fried chicken, philosophy and true love! Making the dark ages even darker!
Not Quite Beowulf
Series: The Not Quite Histories of Beowulf. Price: Free! Words: 56,140. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The truth behind the old legend! The honest story of the King, the Monster and the Hero; the real Beowulf revealed in a tale that puts the darkness back in the dark ages!

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adventure    beowulf    comedy    fantasy    history    humour