Today I am welcoming Shaun Paul Stevens into the Indie Spotlight as part of the blog tour for his latest book, Servant of the Lesser Good, a book I recently read and reviewed. I thoroughly enjoyed Servant of the Lesser Good and have added the next Feyrlands book to my TBR list.
Shaun Paul Stevens was born in October 1972 in London. He spent his formative years in the shadows of the dreaming spires of Oxford, before moving to Nottingham, where he graduated university with a degree in English and Media.
Navigating a path through music, art and the internet, writing came calling and he found himself ensconced in alternate realities and gritty fantasy worlds. He has written several books to date.
Shaun now lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England, with his patient family and ungrateful cat, generally being a nerd.
Hello, Shaun and welcome to my blog!
What made you decide to publish your books independently? What was your path to publication?
I’m too impatient to go through the traditional publishing route, and I love learning new skills and being master of my own destiny. I originally went wide, now I’m focussed on the Amazon ecosystem for the time-being. The first book I released was a novella – which enabled me to get something out there quickly, and involved fewer editing costs.
What made you decide to write in your specific genre rather than other genres? Have you ever written in other genres?
I write Epic Fantasy, as I have always predominantly read Fantasy. I plan to delve into other genres such a sci-fi and thrillers in the near future however.
Do you only read the genre that you write?
No, I read widely in all genres. I especially like thick classics like Tolstoy, Austen, Dickens, but read anything from Dan Brown to Shakespeare.
What are you currently reading? Watching on TV? Is there a type of music you listen to for inspiration?
I’m currently reading The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (sci-fi). I recently finished watching the Korean TV show, Squid Game, and I enjoy a lot of alternative comedy shows (People Just Do Nothing, What We Do in The Shadows). For musical inspiration, I mainly listen to ’indie’ music, but anything with a lot of bass and guitars works for me. I sometimes listen to classical when I’m writing, it depends on the scene.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Yes, just write. Too often people say ‘I’ve no ideas, so I can’t start writing’, but if you start writing, ideas will come.
What are you working on right now and what can we look forward to seeing from you next?
I’m currently working on books 2 and 3 in my Rankers series – also set in my Feyrlands universe. After that, I have a sci-fi thriller planned, looking at weaponised AI gone crazy.
That sounds very interesting – I will keep a lookout for it! Thank you for joining me on my blog today, Shaun and good luck with all of your projects!
Servant of the Lesser Good
A cursed symphony and magic which tells stories in your mind.
High Mistress Talia is a hellraising socialite with a murky past. But she has a bright future. Beautiful, rich, and a virtuoso harpist, she’s betrothed to the Count of Brecht. In short, she has it all. Or so it would seem.
Marla Holst is the new lady’s maid, but never has the ‘help’ been so unhelpful. Marla, real name Mist, has only one mission: to stop the high mistress’s marriage. By any means necessary.
But complications abound. Talia’s disturbed daughter, a girl who can see into the future, is cursed with the stigma of a devil-worshipping father. The count’s father, the Duke of Rizak, is a recluse, too afraid of assassins to show his face. And all the nobility want to do is duel.
Journey through a world punished by a dark, imprisoned magic. A world where children are given poison. A world where reality is breaking down.
When refugee Guyen washes up in the land of his enemy, he knows he will fight, but soon falls down a well of wonder and improbability as a mysterious power invades him. And when his brother falls ill to the same deadly force, only its mastery can save him.
But this is a system designed to beat down their kind.
Sometimes, however, you must swallow your pride and tame your anger to unleash your potential. Only then might you see your enemy for what they truly might be —your friends.
Deliverance at Van Demon’s Deep
How far does camaraderie stretch, when it’s life and death?
Demon’s Deep mine is out of action. The miners are missing, and psychotic savages—The Unbound—have taken it over. Unfortunately, where the Unbound go, bad magic follows. Magic which mutates living things, and liquefies rock.
Kiprik, long suffering leader of his elite snatch squad, must rescue the miners before army commanders run out of patience and start pumping poison gas. With his meat-headed corporal and loyal friend Stack at his side, he’ll face up to any threat, and stick an axe in its face, so long as the sneering Padre Brax doesn’t get in the way.
But this is a task which will see Kiprik and his crew going to the very bottom of the mine, where the deepest magic and the darkest truths lurk.
Who is next on Indie Spotlight?
Kathleen Jowitt writes contemporary literary fiction exploring themes of identity, redemption, integrity, and politics. Her work has been shortlisted for the Exeter Novel Prize and the Selfies Award, and her debut novel, Speak Its Name, was the first ever self-published book to receive a Betty Trask Award. She lives in Ely, works in London, and writes on the train. Find her at www.kathleenjowitt.com and on Twitter @KathleenJowitt