KB: Way back in the late 1980s my short fiction was just starting to appear in the magazines and anthologies. I was fresh out of university, and I’d given myself a year out to write. It was my equivalent of the gap-year: while my friends used their gap-year to travel the world, I used mine to invent new ones.

So, the stories started to sell, and I wrote my first novel and started submitting. The responses were mostly encouraging, but only along the lines of “Send us your next book, not this one”. By the time I’d written my second novel, I’d almost given up on that first book, but I decided to try one more publisher. In the meantime, I started submitting the second book. I was nothing if not committed.

Source: Author Interview Series: Keith Brooke – GJ Stevens