Derek has a vision. This became obvious after first chatting with this author based in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Whether measured by the quantity of words or the intended fantasy series stretching several books, author Derek Winters has the ideal ingredients to tempt new readers into his post-apocalyptic world. Read the first book of the series now, as his books are sure to fast become fan favourites.

Your author name

Derek Winters

Your book title

Lemuria – Scorched Earth (Book 1 of the ‘There Be Dragons’ series)

Give us the elevator pitch for your book?

It is not too hard these days to imagine an Earth beset by wars and famine… Add in an exhilarating dose of climate chaos, top it all off with a good old alien takeover – and you have an apocalyptic setting in which a young South African family finds themselves. Circumstances tears them apart and fate will work to reunite them against seemingly impossible odds… Along the way they encounter strange elder races and hybrids, and discover that below the shallow crust of our world, lies an ancient undiscovered one…

What would you give as your main reason or goal for writing?

I aim to incorporate mythology and ancient legends into a thrilling adventure story which will both captivate and uplift my readers.

Who was the book written for?

My teenage children… although along the way I inadvertently added in some mature themes, philosophies and theories… So anyone who is young at heart and open-minded.

How long did it take for you to finish the final draft of your book?

Six months. As a single parent, I was faced with many interruptions, so I could have completed it in half the time. (At a push)

What makes this book different from others on the shelf?

The sheer number of overlapping themes – ranging from futuristic sci-fi, to mythological fantasies and their cross-cultural connections.

What was the hardest part of the writing journey for you?

Fear of failure mainly. Wondering if anyone would even enjoy it.

Your favourite place to write?

A luxurious cabin in woods… but for now I’ll settle for being at my desk in my small home in Port Alfred.

What kept you motivated to write during the times you felt stuck?

The truth is I never feel stuck. My problem is that my writing skills rarely match my imaginative thought processes.

Tell us something about yourself that readers would not be able to guess?

I spent years (decades) trying to make it as an attorney, construction manager and business owner without much success. I have even attempted to settle into more basic employment in the not-too-distant past…

Have you written any other books?

Two. I am busy with ‘Atlantis’ – in what I hope will be a five-book series.

Assuming you may not write full time, what is your day job?


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