Jane Bond

In my life I've worked in factories, behind several bars and once ran a livery stable. I spent fifteen years as a software engineer in England, Ireland and Scotland – sorry Wales. In 2007 we moved to France. Now I make jam and sell it on the local markets, which is far less lucrative, but far more fun. So... writing experience 0%, life experience 100%.
Some of the authors I read a lot are Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman and Ben Aaronovitch and their influence is probably evident, but I was moved to write this, my first novel, because my protagonist formed herself in my head and I thought, ‘What if… ?’

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A talented thief buries her old life in a dull, safe one, until mischance forces her to run. Befriended by a bizarre circus, she must battle illusion and reality in two worlds to save her life, and others, whilst being pursued for a stolen fortune in diamonds, and wanted for terrorism and murder.
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ShellySteig Thu, 18/08/2022 - 21:01

I actually did laugh at loud at this line: "Tea? The man should have been wearing a white beard and shouting, ‘HO, HO, HO’." What a great juxtaposition with his raggedy truck!

Annette Crossland Sat, 10/09/2022 - 21:04

Absolutely excellent writing, really compelling. I love the fact that it transcends genres too, it is very immediate and thrilling, look forward to reading the rest to see where it spirals into fantasy...

Annette Green Mon, 03/10/2022 - 16:01

I really liked the beginning of this novel: the writing is original and sharp the narrative intriguing. I'm eager to read on....

Gale Winskill Wed, 05/10/2022 - 12:11

Clearly delineated individuals and a great sense of tension. I definitely would read on quite happily to see where this is going. Also intrigued that this is classed as fantasy, given that the start has a very 'real' setting.