Deception of the Damned—a fairy tale with a sex change?


Author and blogger Doreen Lucky has recently surprised me by her request for an interview. Since I used to be a nosy reporter, landing on the answering side was like trying on a pair of high heels. Nevertheless, it was an exciting experience, and even though I might have stumbled I’m posting the link here:

If you actually happen to read it, you might wonder at my introducing DECEPTION OF THE DAMNED as a dark, Sleeping Beauty-meets-Faust fairy tale. Trust me, it sounds a bit weird to me as well.

It was my editor who suggested that my upcoming novel is almost a dark version of Sleeping Beauty, and that it should be marketed as such because people love fairy tale retellings. Honestly, I’d have never even thought of that. There is a parallel, though, as both stories have a lingering soul trapped among the walls of an overgrown castle, waiting for a rescuer. In Deception, however, the unfortunate prisoner has a long beard and weakness for alchemy while the rescuer—or a wannabe rescuer—is a woman running from outlaw bikers.

The alchemist ended up at the castle after a botched deal with a fiend, hence the bizarre Sleeping Beauty and Faust matrimony. Anyway, weirder things have been done to draw an audience, so I hope this little slice of cheesiness won’t be that hard to digest.

Cover update


Below is the final version of the cover. I hope to publish Deception sometime late March, and the notion that I’ll soon hold my own book in my hands is so powerful it nearly kicks the air out of my lungs. It’s something that drags me out of bed when it’s still dark; it makes me rush through breakfast and start rewriting and editing until the text blurs before my eyes.

Most fiction authors would probably agree that intensive writing makes the lives of your characters take over your own life. And indie publishing makes you forget that such a thing as life ever existed.

At times I feel like I’ve got three jobs. I’m a writer in the mornings; in the afternoons I’m an English teacher (which is, sadly, the only thing that pays right now); and in the evenings I’m a PR officer promoting his book on social media.

But to me, this is the most satisfying period of my life.


full cover

Deception of the Damned coming soon!


I’m thrilled to announce that the final draft of the novel is now with my editor, Andrea Lundgren. Andjela K. has already finished the front cover, and I just need to add the blurb for the back. If everything goes well, the novel will be on the market sometime early next spring. I’d like to thank R.K. Lander (author of the Silvan Series) for her patience in guiding me through the intricate indie publishing process.




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