Delia Strange was born in Auckland, New Zealand (north-west of Hobbiton) and is currently living in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and daughter.
She wrote sci-fi in her teens, horror in her twenties and speculative fiction in her thirties but each genre always had strong elements of fantasy.
Fantasy is now the primary genre Delia chooses to write in, though it can be said that the fantasy genre has chosen her.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It made the most sense. No disrespect to the traditional publishing houses - but there's only one thing they have that I want, which are their connections - and I'd rather connect with the readers than the middle-men because readers are the people I really want to please.
I'd also been hopping around beside the industry for a number of years but never actually got my feet wet within it (as a graphic artist for industrial products, as an accounts clerk at a printing company, as a proof-reader for less than six months, and I was one subject shy of a marketing degree when I dropped out). All of these things combined together for a jack of all trades that can produce and manufacture a professional looking product. It was like all of the random jobs I'd had throughout my working life can integrate towards my business as an independent author.
Yay. Now my life makes sense.
What's the story behind your latest book?
'Femme' is a story about unexpected love and the barriers we erect because of our mistrust of it. Being set in a world that evokes wonder causes an overall sensation of 'too good to be true'. Even so, the protagonist - Kaley - learns a great deal about herself and ends up questioning her high values and lofty goals.
By the time someone reaches their twenties, they've arrived at a time in their life (or several) where they have to make a crucial decision that force them down a specific path. 'Femme' shows us Kaley's journey towards and after that moment.
Twelve powers. Three Wanderers. One goal.
What if instead of one world, there were many?
What if you were born with a bloodline that enabled you to effortlessly travel between the worlds?
What if the cost of visiting those other worlds meant someone would be sent after you, to kill you?
If there was nothing for you in the world you're in except misery... would you risk leaving?
Wanderer of Worlds is a gritty contemporary fantasy that follows the lives of three people who leave their worlds under very different circumstances. They end up facing further hardships while being pursued by the Authorities who wish to imprison them in a laboratory or exterminate them outright.
Heroes sacrifice themselves. Villains sacrifice others. Can one man live to be both?
Daeson awakens in a car wreck with a dying woman. Forced to deal with the consequences of Synjan’s actions, Daeson’s resentment grows. No longer supported by her companion and friend, Synjan invites a dangerous foe to join them—the Hunter himself.
Husk is the fifth book in this gritty contemporary fantasy.
Daeson and Synjan enter an advanced civilisation that reveres Healers and oppresses men. Greeted by Intuits who can pluck secrets from their minds, their journey through the world tests their resolve and their friendship. Hawke awakens in a prison cell. Drugged and interrogated, his only defence is the Wanderer talent he despises. Hawke's mission to reach Synjan is at stake… and so is his life.
Daeson and Synjan leave the world of Trent and land in J’Bdyamn, a tropical paradise. Removed from modern comforts, they are discovered by the Mukake tribe and welcomed into an imposing cliffside village. Daeson’s fear of heights and Synjan’s inability to communicate using the melodious native language have them struggling to adapt... and the Portal is an impossible distance away.
A contemporary paranormal fantasy about three Wanderers who travel through multiple worlds while evading the Authorities. Written by Linda Conlon and Delia Strange, Axiom is the first book of an eight book series titled Wanderer of Worlds:
A contemporary paranormal fantasy about three Wanderers who travel through multiple worlds while evading the Authorities. Written by Linda Conlon and Delia Strange, Untethered is the second book of an eight book series titled Wanderer of Worlds: