Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Featured Author: Steve Downes

Steve Downes is an Irish contemporary poet, playwright and novelist, currently living and working in Ireland. Born in Drogheda, Country Louth in 1973

Sometime poet/playwright/story-teller/joker and novelist Steve's plays produced, performed and given awards are: Until Morning 1995 Voices 1996 For God and Country 1997 The Creator 2006 Steve has poems and stories published in magazines and anthologies in Ireland, the UK and the USA. His poetry books to-date are: The Pagan Field 1996 Celtic Echoes 2000 Side Angles 2005 (with Roger Hudson) Urbania 2010 online collection http://www.stevedownesurbania.com/ His first novel is Cosmogonic Marbles (part 1 of the Botolf Chronicles)

Modern Work:

In 2010 Steve worked with Photographer Duirmuid Jones and Web-designer Jamie Stanton to produce his forth collection of poems, the on-line collection ‘Urbania’ http://www.stevedownesurbania.com/ind..., which has received thousands of views and much critical acclaim.

In 2013 Steve’s first novel, Cosmogonic Marbles (part 1 of 3 in a series) came on sale on Amazon. The book is a Comedy fantasy written in the style of Steve’s literary hero Douglas Adams.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cosmogonic-Ma...

Current Work:

Steve is currently working on the second Fantasy Novel in his series as well as a new poetry Collection, he also is in the process of publishing an anthology of New Irish Writers.


Where can I find Steve?

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7220024.Steve_Downes 

http://stevedowneswriter.blogspot.ie/ 

https://twitter.com/writer_s_downes

http://stevedownespoet.blogspot.co.uk/



In the endless Cosmoses that exist in the Multi-verse (with equally endless possibilities) the adventures of two brothers, on an Earth where all myths are real and on our own dull magicless Earth, don’t amount to a hill of beans (except in the Cosmoses where they do amount to hills of beans …but that’s another novel).

In this story Philip Philips, a failed businessman, and his twin brother James, are unwilling participants in a battle of Good versus Evil when a mysterious gateway is opened by a minor God from a Dark-Age twin Earth.
It should have been James Philips who was found by the Dark Stranger and transported by an inter-dimensional being in the guise of a Womble to the Dark-Age Earth filled with every magical creature imaginable. But, as Fate would have it, it’s Philip, the useless one, who ends up leading a group of misfits across Medieval England to mount rescues, battle Hobgoblins and generally save the World(s).
James Philips meanwhile is stuck on dull, magicless, Earth in his old college, Botolf-almost-Oxford, which he discovers is staffed solely by men dedicated to the protection of our Earth from the paranormal. His old mentor, now living in a video recording, introduces him to an array of strange allies, as London, England and the World face an ‘alien’ invasion of swords and sorcery.

Others are caught up in the events of the inter-cosmic connection between two Earths; Vortigern the King has been bred for conquest and now his eyes are on our world. He brings with his armies many wizards, who themselves have gained an eye for the throne.

Sam, a young boy from West London has been sent through the gateway to the dark world of magic where he meets Snodrod and the children of an enslaved village, their only wish to get back to their homes; but they face enormous challenges … not least, Dragon-shaped ones.
The story, as told here in the first Chronicle of Botolf, takes place simultaneously in both Earths, where the connection between worlds has a strange echoing effect on every character.

Will the world be saved? Can the Wrong man do the job? Is this a rhetorical question?
All will be answered in this comedy/fantasy/mock-u-history tale.

Steve Downes

p.s. There’s also a sarcastic Oak Tree in there somewhere.


Where can I buy this book?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cosmogonic-Marbles-Botolf-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00E2SB1P4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1377079427&sr=1-1&keywords=Steve+Downes

http://www.amazon.com/Cosmogonic-Marbles-Botolf-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00E2SB1P4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1377079509&sr=1-1&keywords=Steve+Downes


Interview with Steve Downes:
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