For someone who would go on to write at a later age, the house I grew up in was conspicuous for its lack of books.Unlike most authors who seem to have been writing since they were able to hold a pen, I was too busy exploring the bush, fishing, hunting and generally doing foolish and dangerous things, to sit down long enough to write anything even if I had caught the bug.Despite this start, in my turbulent teenage years I discovered poetry, and became fascinated by the way words could work magical transformations in the reader’s mind.Around this time, I also made efforts to understand my place in the universe. I haunted bookstores and local libraries, seeking out those semi-banned books about the occult tucked away on lower shelves in the back racks. Attempting to hide them like that only increased their mystery and appeal. As I have grown older my interest in spirituality and our existence as soul has increased.A question I have been asked – and it’s a good question – is “if you never considered yourself a natural author, why did you write The Legend of Animarl series?”I’ve always struggled to come up with a completely satisfactory answer, and the best I can do is relate the story of a movie I saw when I was seventeen. It was narrated by an old man who had lived a harsh and eventful existence, with a fair share of suffering and bad decisions. Despite the difference in our ages I related to this man’s story. I was especially struck by his introduction to the movie, which went along the lines of “I have made that many mistakes in life I consider it my duty to write them down and try to make sense of it all.”Whether it is possible to take your whole life and put its learnings into a single book – or even a series of books – is debatable. I leave that to readers to judge. Whatever the case, I love writing and I hope readers enjoy my books.I am currently working on further instalments to the Legends of Animarl series plus a related series based on Captain Wilder & The Dragon of Margundor. Just join my mailing list to stay informed about publication dates for these titles.
Cleave Bourbon was born and raised somewhere in Texas. Somewhat tired of the traditional European, middle ages settings for fantasy,