Gordon Keirle-Smith on “Zandernatis”
I always felt it was important for me to try and live as many lives as possible — and at the risk of seeming to be something of a dilettante, I do seem to have crammed in quite a few. Writing was always my first love, but around the age of 21 (after two years in an advertising agency and one in a repertory theatre) I morphed into an artist exhibiting in London’s Cork Street with a studio in a West End theatre.
My mother went to school with Arthur C Clark, so I always felt a certain affinity with him. I also devoured William Morris, Lord Dunsany, CS Lewis and Tolkein of course. I was addicted to Lord of the Rings long before the blockbusters.
The book is based upon the discovery of 21 urns buried under the Antarctic ice in 1962 by the Vostok Traverse expedition. These contained a vast library of manuscripts, most of which described the history and governance of an advanced civilisation existing on the Antarctic continent tens or hundreds of thousands of years ago, when the climate was more temperate. There were also two epic poems describing key events in this ancient civilisation’s history.
That would be telling! There will be various things happening on various levels. As far as the retelling of the fable is concerned, we will see our hero brave the dangers of the Forest of Dissemblance and the Deserts of Jerah until he comes to the city of Pardilys, home of the Lord Protectors, creators of Zandernatis and the Paradise Garden. We will witness the momentous events that led up to what became known as the “Fall of Man” in sacred texts written many tens of thousands of years later.
I decided to self-publish simply because you can. And because the time to market is so unbelievably fast. At last writing becomes the supreme art form where you can stay in full control and not be a slave to market forces, prevailing trends or anyone else’s publishing policy. There is tremendous satisfaction in being able to manage all aspects of your book, from the actual writing to doing the page layout, working with your cover designer and editor.
Due to the broad spectrum of interests this book covers, the ideal reader is almost impossible to define, so it would be more a question of the genres, rather than the authors, they choose. Those drawn to ancient lore and legends will find much to please them here, conspiracy theory fans will also discover a potential cause celèbre, while the more philosophical may enjoy seeking parallels with our own times. The readers who get the most out of this book will be those who can “go with the flow” and suspend their disbelief just long enough to start really pondering these alternative truths.