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Interview with Daniel Beazley, author of Goblins Know Best

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Goblins Know Best is a fun adventure that seeks to turn some of the fantasy stereotypes upon their heads and features a few of the creatures that are often overlooked in this genre. You will follow a famous goblin chef, Bogrot Blistertooth, together with his orc friend and protector, Gorag Bather, as they embark upon seemingly trivial tasks that often develop into grandiose quests with a generous compliment of humour thrown into the mix. Travelling across the land of Kentai they encounter danger at each and every turn but with the combination of Bogrot’s sharp intellect and Gorag’s strength, they endeavour in true heroic fashion.

What genre is it?
Fantasy and Humour.

What kind of readers will it appeal to?
Anyone who loves fantasy or who enjoys a light-hearted read will quickly find themselves immersed in this story. I have had feedback back from staunch fantasy fans that have read the genre all of their lives and who really enjoyed Goblins Know Best, but I have also heard from readers that have never picked up a fantasy book before, who found themselves engrossed from the start and pleasantly surprised. Why not check out some of the reviews on Amazon and see for yourself.

Complete this sentence for us: if you like _________________, you’ll love this book.
Pratchett-esque humour.

How would you like the reader to feel as they read the last word of Goblins Know Best?
I hope that you will feel as though you had been on the adventures yourselves and had developed a bond with the main characters. You may even feel disappointed that it has all come to an end but never fear; I promise that there is more to come.

How did this book come about?
In 2012, after winning a short story competition for the Fantasy Faction Anthology about Bogrot and Gorag I decided that there were more adventures that needed to be told. Six months later the first book of the Trivial Trials series, ‘Goblins Know Best’, was complete and ready for publishing.

What is the Trivial Trials?
The Trivial Trials was the name I came up with for my collective writing pieces and captures the ethic behind my works in this particular series. The tales themselves incorporate tasks and endeavours of quite a trivial nature most of the time that on their own would seem quite boring, but with the addition of colourful and charismatic characters, you can rest assured they’ll end up full of action, adventure and a generous portion of wit.

And always remember: the tedium of a task less than trivial is a trial.

Have you written any other books that we should read next?
I have also written a novella entitled The Rotten Roots that is available in eBook format from Amazon.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I was born and raised in the South West of England. Growing up I became captivated and drawn into the World of fantasy courtesy of the writings of Tolkien, Feist, Gemmell, Lewis, Livingstone and Dever. These together with films like Conan, Red Sonja, The Dark Crystal, Willow and Krull, truly inspired me to want to join the creative journey that is fantasy. I began writing in 1996 whilst spending some time in the sunny climes of Sicily. This continued periodically whilst working in the Army and then the Police; living in various parts of the country as well as overseas.

I currently live with my family in the rural countryside of Devon.

Do you have a website where we can keep up with your work?
You can find my website at http://danielbeazley.com/

How can we follow you on Twitter and/or Facebook?
I am on twitter at @Daniel_Beazley and I also have a facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/writerdanielbeazley.

What’s next?
Loads! I am currently writing another short story that will hopefully be included in an upcoming Anthology and when that’s done it will be back to work on my second novel in the Trivial Trials series that I have already started work on.

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  1. Thanks for a very interesting interview. I love Daniel’s books – they’re very imaginative and entertaining and I’d recommend them to anyone.

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