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, 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 Daily SF, Dark Horizons, QWF, Time for Bedlam and Diabolical Plots.

When she is not writing she practises Tai Chi and daydreams about living in a warm country.

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


The Exiles of Ondd
Ro has never belonged. Born without the ability to feel the elements as her fellow Iyessi do, she creates discord. When her niece is born deaf, she is blamed. Exiled before she can do more harm, Ro and her kin set out for Najarind city in search of a cure, but discord follows them. Accused of murder, hunted and betrayed, they find themselves entangled in the eternal struggle between the dragon, Ondd, and the worm, Lethir, bringer of chaos. The forces that follow Lethir are regrouping. The only hope of defeating them is to wake the dragon. Can she find Ondd before they do? With danger behind them and unknown perils waiting ahead, the exiles are forced to set out on a search that will test Ro's will and courage, and lead them ever deeper into danger. The one thing Ro knows for sure is–time is running out. If the legends are to be believed, only a naïve Iyessi girl and a baby stand between the world and destruction.
Discord's Child
Price: $3.99 USD.
Discord's Apprentice
Price: $3.99 USD.
Discord's Shadow
Price: $3.99 USD.


Discord's Shadow
Series: The Exiles of Ondd. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 128,660. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2021. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
To wake the dragon, first Ro has to find it. So far, her travels have taken her exiled family into danger, but no closer to the answers she needs. Now, in Najarind people are falling into unending sleep. With danger behind them and unknown perils waiting ahead, the exiles are forced to set out again. The one thing Ro knows for sure is–time is running out
Discord's Apprentice
Series: The Exiles of Ondd. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 125,000. 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
Series: The Exiles of Ondd. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 118,190. 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: $3.99 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.

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.
  • Nica of the New Yorks on April 01, 2019

    I missed the first book in the series, but didn't feel I was left floundering by being plunged into Nica's world. The glimpses the reader is given of what's gone before are tantalising, and having thoroughly enjoyed Nica's efforts to defeat Maelstrom in the New Yorks, I intend going back to the beginning and reading the complete set. Sue Perry is expert at setting scenes and painting characters with a few strokes. It's easy to identify with them, to feel their wonder and share their struggles. There is a strong streak of humour running through the novel, which is never out of place. Rather it contrasts with the way the characters deal with setbacks and losses, bringing them into sharper focus and adding to the poignant moments. Innovative and expertly written.
  • Wyvern on Aug. 22, 2021
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    This is the first novel of the Wyvern series, book four in the Ryallon Chronicles. I hadn't come across the previous novels and could have found myself out of my depth trying to figure out what happened before, had John H. Carroll been less skilful. He avoided adding a prologue for people like me to catch up, or dumping a load of back story that would hold up the action. Instead, he wove just enough information into the narrative to pique my interest in the previous novels without slowing down the story. He handles the large cast of mostly female characters well, making each of them distinct individuals, and ensuring I never lost track of what everyone is doing. He writes in a clear style that's far simpler to read than it is to achieve, and the pace cracks along so that if there were moments where something didn't quite ring true, I was past them before they had a chance to spoil my enjoyment. The ultimate test of a series starter is whether or not you want to read the next instalment. Wyvern is a page-turner, and I'm looking forward to some more great escapism with Liquid.