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.
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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.