It all started after London Book Fair 2014, when Porter Anderson of The Bookseller, in one of his characteristically provocative posts, questioned whether indie authors actually read books written by other indie authors.
I was already in the throes of organising the inaugural Indie Author Fair – bringing forty indie authors together to create a pop-up bookshop at the Chorleywood Lit Fest. We had a unique opportunity to demonstrate the quality of work from indie authors and I wanted to spread the net as wide as possible. So, inspired by Anderson’s challenge, I called for recommendations for the best indie reads. The responses came in from all quarters, and the results were put on display at the Fair on 16th November.
So now, here is our invitation to explore the best of Indie Author Publishing through a selection of our Indie Picks...
Becoming Human by Eliza Green
Alien space vehicles terraform a planet. For humans of a dying Earth to occupy this New Earth the indigenous species must die. The Indigene survivors find refuge underground ... to plot revenge on the murderous Surface Creatures.
Humans and Aliens – how very different, yet how much alike as they fight for survival.
Just what is the terrifying secret that must be hidden, but which needs to be discovered? The deep, dark secret that underlies the New Earth colonisation?
I defy any reader to experience anything but tingling tension as they read this totally absorbing futuristic hi-energy novel.
Recommended by Rohan Quine: Author of The Imagination Thief
Cured Meat by Polly Trope:
Songs from the Other Side of the Wall by Dan Holloway
These Fragile Things by Jane Davis
Recommended by Elizabeth Woodcraft, author of A Sense of Occasion
Lillian's Last Affair by Sue Katz-
The Irish Twins by Susan HillI have loved Susan Hill's writing for a long time, Strange Meeting is an all time favourite. I was interested when she began publishing her own books. This in fact is a novella - with an unfortunate title - but demonstrates her unquestionable skill of pulling you in to the story as we follow the destiny of two smart determined girls and the twin brothers that they meet.
Recommended by Patrick A Parish
Amulet: Book 1 of the DragonBlade Series, by Nancy Lee Parish
Banshee in the Well, by Robin LovejoyBanshee In The Well is intended to be a debut Young Adult story. This story tells of a young boy who finds a girl in the well on his farm. The girl turns out to be a 13th century banshee who needs to find a way to get her magic back and return from our time to hers. The relationship between the two main characters is really well written as is the way Sathra, the banshee sees modern things which she has obviously never seen before. As well, it was written by a Tolkien, what more can be said?
Beyond Hades, written by Luke Romyn