K S Dearsley


K. S. Dearsley began writing stories practically as soon as she could hold a pencil. She started with fiction and plays (often inspired by Dr. Who) and a series of secret agent 'novels' influenced by The Avengers and The Man from Uncle, and continued writing throughout a series of jobs before returning to university to get an MA in Linguistics and Literature. She finally got to be a professional writer 20 years ago, freelancing for newspapers, magazines and businesses.

She is now a prize-winning playwright and short story writer (The Jo Cowell Award, Dark Tales, Lymm Festival, Sussex Radio Playwriting etc.), and her work has appeared in various publications on both sides of the Atlantic, including Dark Horizons, QWF, Time for Bedlam and AlienSkin. She is also writer in residence at The Grid artists' studios.

When she is not writing she tries to learn to ride (a horse and a bicycle, but not at the same time), or lets her dogs take her for walks.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
When my novel Discord's Child was accepted by a publisher I was thrilled. I was given a rough time-scale for the editing process, but wasn't unduly worried when time stretched on and I heard nothing. I waited a few weeks before giving them a gentle reminder and was put I touch with the editor. Then it was back to waiting. Finally, I checked the publisher's website one day and discovered that the company had folded due to the owner's ill-health. By this time 10 months had elapsed. I was so disappointed, especially as I felt I'd wasted almost a year. What was to prevent something similar happening again? It was then I decided to go it alone, after all, the novel had been accepted for publication so I knew I was good enough. Now, here I am with the sequel, Discord's Apprentice, about to be published on 1st June 2015.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Discord's Apprentice is the second in The Exiles of Ondd series. Taken with the first, Discord's Child, I've now written around 240,000 words of what was meant to be an idea for a short story. There was a competition for tales on a music theme, and it occurred to me how music sparks memories, changes your mood or conjures images. How would it feel to be able to hear the notes, but not to feel the music? This became mixed up with notions of balance and energy inspired by learning Tai Chi Chuan. The result was the creation of Ro and the Iyessi.
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Where to find K S Dearsley online


Discord's Apprentice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 122,970. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
The only way she can keep those she loves safe is to find the Dragon and wake it. King Channan controls Najarind again and Ro hopes to rest, but as guests gather to celebrate the naming of the heir, she makes a disturbing discovery. The forces that would plunge the world into chaos are regrouping, and a storm is gathering about her. Can she find the Dragon before they do?
Discord's Child
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 118,140. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Trouble was coming–the elements weren't where they should be, and then there was Ro. Feared by her fellow villagers, she and her family are exiled. They head for the city, but accused of murder, hunted and betrayed, they become entangled in the eternal struggle between the Dragon and the Worm. If legends are to be believed, only Ro and a baby stand between the world and destruction.
Artists & Liars
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,050. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Clumsy cleaners, bashful models, self-centred divas, disciples and devotees–the short stories, flash fiction and poetry in Artists & Liars look at the art world from every angle.

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Smashwords book reviews by K S Dearsley

  • Kadj'el on Aug. 23, 2017

    This is a novel with elements of epic and urban fantasy in roughly equal proportions held together by its cast of characters and an atmosphere reminiscent of Scandinavian noir. The duo or protagonists didn't always endear themselves to me, but the plot moved quickly and kept me guessing. Another proofread wouldn't be amiss, but the occasional mistake doesn't stop Kadj'el being a page-turner.