Keith Brazil

Biography

Keith Brazil - 'creative life' author - was born in Broadstairs, Kent, England. He trained in Dance Theatre at Laban Trinity Conservatoire, London, and was a founder member of ‘Adventures In Motion Pictures’ Dance Company. He has worked as a freelance professional dancer, choreographer, teacher, and dance lecturer. Keith has also trained as a complementary therapist in spiritual healing and reflexology. He gained a degree in English Studies and is currently engaged in writing a collection of fictional and non-fictional stories, essays, poetry and novels. ‘The Anthology of Joy’ consists of ‘The Land Of Bliss’, ‘An Alchemist’s Wedding’, ‘In Consideration Of Cats’, and ‘The Chameleon’s Last Dance’. ‘The Yin-Yang Experiment’ consists of ‘The Wilderness Diary’ and ‘Popcorn, Parasites, Precious and Pearls’. He lives and works in London.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
There are 2 answers to this:
First, the thrill of starting a new writing/artistic journey and trying to capture the essence of what it is that you wish to express. The sense of adventure as the characters, plot, principle idea or guiding emotion step forward to be listened to and the pieces of the puzzle (in any order!) start to arrive and the picture begins to reveal itself.
Secondly, after all the crafting/revising/editing processes are complete, bringing all the elements together into the final book with its enwrapping cover design. There is something very rewarding in seeing your words bound together and ready to send off into the world as a finished product.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't really read now (other than non-fiction for research - Raj Patel is great for current analysis on world global issues and food justice) but in the past I enjoyed reading poetry (all kinds - but John Donne, Andrew Marvell, Rabbie Burns, the Romantics, E.E. Cummings, T.S. Eliot, Stevie Smith, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, spring to mind as being so innovative), I was a big fan of the English 18th Century novel (groundbreaking and some of the very best books were written then), Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde of course. I was really moved/impressed with Virginia Woolf and James Joyce (both revolutionary in terms of consciousness - life changing events). I enjoyed the writing of Truman Capote and Carson McCullers. I loved Jane Austin and the Brontes, a big fan of Tolkien and C.S Lewis. I am pulled to other cultures and esoteric/philosophy (the poetry of Rumi, the book The Secret Teachings of Mary Magdalene is incredibly beautiful, moving and heart expanding, Meher Baba, Mother Meera, Jane Roberts - Seth books, Alice Bailey, Madame Blavatsky, Tibetan tracts, and good books on the Tarot). I loved Plato & Andre Gide. On the fun side I enjoyed E S Gardener (Perry Mason) and Michael Innes (John Appleby). I love all kinds of fairy tales and children's books - Brothers Grimm, Lewis Caroll springs to mind, also P. L.Travers, Carlo Collidi etc (basically, any cartoon film classic you loved, go back and read the original books). I really enjoyed His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman and the Harry Potter books too. Phew!
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Where to find Keith Brazil online


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Books

The Wilderness Diary
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 81,210. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
The Wilderness Diary is the dream-diary of a magical adept who goes 'AWOL' after his father dies. Haunted by ravens, led on by snakes, he discovers a way to astrally time travel and steals metal artefacts causing past injury to love. Encountering historical characters, fantastic creatures and enlightened beings he makes the leap of faith to build a magical metal sculpture and rebuild his life.
The Land of Bliss
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 76,670. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
'The Land Of Bliss’ is a fairy tale set in a magical world where stories hold secrets, spells are made to be broken and people are not always what they seem. Meet the last of the Fairy Folk, the Family Rose and the Townspeople trapped in a curse. Their stories entwine through an enchanted doorknob, a resurrecting witch and a singing princess. The fate of fairy tales awaits them all.
An Alchemist's Wedding
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,870. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
A novitiate Alchemist gives a wedding speech reflecting on the wonder of joy and the predicament of love.
The Chameleon's Last Dance
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,580. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Join the revellers in a bawdy ‘world of men’ as a somnambulist chameleon, a dancing bear and ten lords-a-leaping prance into a bag of glees and good tidings at the retro-Hustler’s Ball. Swirling through music, memories of childhood, places, teenage years, TV characters, and friends, past and present, can the chameleon trance-dance through fire and attain the state of ‘Mok’sha’?
Popcorn, Parasites, Precious & Pearls
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 70,000. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
A metaphysical comedy of the vices! Explore elements of spiritual philosophy during the journey of a Soul’s perilous plunge. Discover the impurities and insecurities behind the Pearl, the Parasites, and the Pleasure of Man’s consuming vices. Four short stories: "Pure Madness", "Annual Review", "Mezcal - con gusano", and "The Cave of Mystery".
In Consideration of Cats
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 23,520. Language: British English. Published: November 1, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
“Everybody wants to be a cat!” In Consideration of Cats is an essay and meditation on an aspect of joy and the wonderment of cats. A collection of notes, observations, insights and poems reflecting on the behaviour, nature and antics of cats and the healing that the world of our feline friends can bring us.

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