Wednesday, 17 April 2013

An Introduction

This is an attempt to start my first blog. I've called it Wild Hares simply because I love the creatures that race across the fields at the back of my house. They don't cower inside holes, nor hide behind trees or rocks, they stand out in the open and challenge the carnivores to catch them on the run. They race like wildfire over ploughed fields and meadows. They are sinewy, muscled, hell-for-leather dare-devils who punch holes in the wind with their heads. In March they have their boxing matches, one eye open for foxes. They care nothing for me or my kind and that's how it should be. I thank them for it. They live and love in the free fresh air.

My name is Garry (Douglas) Kilworth and I'm a writer with 80 published novels and books of short stories in print. I am also at odd times of the day Kim Hunter, the author who wrote The Red Pavilions trilogy. Kim and Garry get on very well together, most of the time, but occasionally professional jealousy creeps in when one book does better than another. Zamerkand is the city in The Red Pavilions where the main character a soldier lost in time and reality, makes his home and reaches for a higher station and for a great love. The novels are in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, young adult, historical war novels, mainstream literary novels and one or two non-fiction works. I'm not well known, though I've obviously been writing a long time and earning a good living at it. If the main character in a Hollywood movie is a writer, he or she either writes as best seller or is a failure and never writes again. Wrong. There are many of us out there who can make a living writing novels that never get into the best seller lists, yet sell enough thousands to make themselves and their publisher a reasonable living. I'm one of them. Several of my friends are others. Hollywood be damned.

9 comments:

  1. Great blog, Garry. As I might have mentioned in the past, Frost Dancers (Garry's novel about hares) is my personal favourite of yours. I've read it twice and will probably do so again one day. If anyone want to experience the wonderful things that hares get up to - as suggested in this blog - they should instantly pick up a copy. You won't regret it.

    I can also echo Garry's comments about writers making a good living but not hitting the 'big-time'. I know a lot of them and just because their name doesn't trip off the lips, it doesn't mean their books are any less absorbing.

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    1. Thank you, Matt, fellow hare-lover and follower of the genre.

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  2. And thank you too, sir, for taking the time to read my ramblings.

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  3. Hi Garry, I've just discovered your blog. I have fond memories of reading the Welkin Weasels trilogy (I've only recently discovered that you've added to it), and of my parents taking me to the local bookshop to get the Knights of Liöfwende books when they were new. I'm looking forward to hearing about more of your work :)

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  4. Hi Benjamin - Great to hear from you. Thank you so much for your comments on my novels! Garry

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