Browsing Archive: February, 2011

Double Whammy

Posted by Karla Sally Dearsley on Sunday, February 27, 2011, In : FantasyFiction 
Yippee!  Drollerie Press want to publish my fantasy novel, Discord's Child, under their Kettlestitch imprint.  They contacted me a few weeks ago, but I didn't feel I could let the world know until the contract had been signed.

Discord's Child follows what happens when a young woman's inability to feel the energy within all things, as everyone else in her community can, leads to her family being exiled.  They seek help in the capital city only to find themselves caught up in a life and death st...
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Typical!

Posted by Karla Sally Dearsley on Sunday, February 20, 2011,
Why is it that when something breaks down or goes wrong, it always happens at night or the weekend when all the professionals such as plumbers, roofers, chiropractors and dentists are closed?

On Friday evening I broke my front tooth.  I'd like to be able to say that I did it battling hordes of ravening orcs or swinging from a vine through the rainforest canopy, but the sad truth is I was eating a sausage.  It was a vegetarian sausage, so I can't even blame biting hard on a piece of bone or gri...
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Naming Names

Posted by Karla Sally Dearsley on Sunday, February 13, 2011, In : FantasyFiction 
Shakespeare might have written 'a rose by any other name would smell as sweet', but if he'd called Romeo and Juliet 'Fred and Elsie' would the effect have been the same?  What you call your characters is tremendously important, and can be particularly full of pitfalls for writers of speculative fiction.

Fans of the SF and fantasy genres are used to unusual names and can easily cope with the likes of Obi Wan Kenobi or Galadriel, but if you're sending your story to a competition where the judges...
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Tempus Fugit

Posted by Karla Sally Dearsley on Sunday, February 6, 2011,
February already!  Christmas seems an age away, but I'm blowed if I know where January went.  Somehow I always think I can fit more in.  I have set up a website and a facebook page and started tweeting (all of which were easier than I thought, despite being instant death to anything involving technology).  I've also had a story highly commended in the Sunpenny Open Short Story Competition, which should be published later this year, and a publisher has expressed interest in my fantasy novel, D...
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About Me


My writing career began as a freelance feature writer for the local press, businesses and organisations. Now a prize-winning playwright and short story writer, my work has appeared in numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic. I write as K. S. Dearsley because it saves having to keep repeating my forename, and specialise in fantasy and other speculative genres.

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