Author of YA, Fantasy, & Contemporary Fiction
☆☆☆☆☆ – “a truly harrowing tale made worthwhile by a beautifully compelling protagonist” – Jack Croxall, Bestselling Amazon author of the Tethers trilogy. [Here Lies Love]
☆☆☆☆☆ – “A Masterpiece from cover to end. Here is one of those rare books, which is constantly brilliant throughout.” – Jane Yates, Bestselling Amazon author of the Garden. [Here Lies Love]
☆☆☆☆☆ – “There is epic fantasy, breathless adventure, a blossoming love story and a generous helping of mythical references that will keep the most ardent fantasy reader enthralled. I’m very much reminded of Pullman’s His Dark Materials …” – The Fine Line. [The Black Petal]
☆☆☆☆☆ – “His imagination and storytelling ability carry this fantastic adventure, making it full of unexpected twists and brilliant things I never saw coming. I definitely had my heart in my throat a few times!” – Jaimie Admans, author of Afterlife Academy. [The Black Petal]
☆☆☆☆☆ – “If you are looking for something that stands out as being different from many of the other books out there then this is a great one for you as it has an intelligent feel that does not detract from a story told cleverly and with respect.” – Feed My Reads. [The Caseworker’s Memoirs]
“This story is every bit as good as all his others!” – Jaimie Admans, Author of Not Pretty Enough
“Dan’s writing is always full of vivid imagery and poetry with imaginative settings that make his work stand apart from most fantasy fiction.” – Sharon Sant, Author of The Memory Game
“I felt like I was with Ana and her father as they shared a mysterious but defining moment” – Jack Croxall, Author of Anchor Leg
In a time before the pyramids and the Pharaohs and the glory, Egypt was home to nomadic travellers. Ana is one such person, and heir to a tribe she doesn’t want to lead. She’s but fifteen years and longs for exploration. But duty is knocking on her door.
A trial awaits her. The weight of her father’s expectations is heavy.
Witness the magic of a prepharaonic Egypt, and see if Ana will succeed in this short story from the acclaimed young adult author of The Black Petal, Dan Thompson.
Dan is an author of nonsense, mostly. Some like it though, which is good enough for him. Yarns include Here Lies Love, The Black Petal, as well as short stories Hatred. Hidden. and Ana’s Trial.
Dan lives in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire (England) with his young daughter and his two pesky chinchillas. Gainsborough is a small town, not too big, and not too small, which is exactly how he likes it. Plus, Lincoln isn’t too far away – a city worth visiting for the cathedral alone.
Dan grew up reading Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five series, secretly coming up with his own inventive adventures, and R.L Stine’s The Goosebump series, before turning to the works of Philip Pullman, Eoin Colfer and Marcus Sedgwick and slipping away into alternate realities. Northern Lights is his favourite book and rereads it every year for inspiration.
Deborah Harkness, Danielle Trussoni, Hannah Kent, Matthew Reilly, and Raymond Khoury are some of his favourite authors who write for adults.
Sharon Sant, Romina Russell, and Jack Croxall are some of his favourite authors who write for teenagers. Young adult books never go out of fashion and are often shunned by some readers. The YA genre is a particular favourite for Dan. Escapism and pure enjoyment is something the YA market captures in its purest form.
He tweets on twitter under @dan_pentagram – you can also follow him on his Author Facebook page facebook.com/theblackpetal
Frequently Asked Question Answered
Q: The Black Petal was published ages ago. When are we going to see what happens next?
There has been a gap hasn’t there. It isn’t ideal but thankfully I have sorted myself out and the sequel will be released early 2017. The Golden Lyre carries on directly after the events of the previous book. It can be preordered right now and will be available in ebook as well as paperback.
Q: Why isn’t The Caseworker’s Memoirs available now?
I was so excited when The Caseworker’s Memoirs came out. I felt it was original and touched upon some very current and important issues happening across the world right now. But overall, I came to realise that it was very rushed. It doesn’t feel right selling it anymore as I desperately want to fix the issues I’ve come across. Who knows, sometime in the future it may get a rerelease. But for now, I’m happy for all the support I got from readers who read it.
Q: Some of your books have been narrated into audiobooks. Why aren’t all of them?
Great question! I would love for all of them to be out there in all mediums, but unfortunately issues have come about meaning production had to be stopped for one of my titles. It wouldn’t be fair to say which one. And also I think the voice has to be right. I am looking at having more books available as audiobooks, but it is a lengthy process. Sign up to my newsletter to keep up-to-date and be the first to hear of all my news.
Q: I don’t have a kindle. Help!
Well I am a strong advocate of the physical book so all my books are available in paperback as well as kindle. Ana’s Trial and Hatred. Hidden. were both released in all ebook formats along with kindle. I am looking into having previous books made available for Nook and Kobo too. But all smartphones and tablets support the Kindle App so you don’t have to have a kindle to be able to read my books digitally. Once the Kindle app is installed on your tablet when you buy a kindle book from Amazon it will be delivered straight to your app.
Q: Who designs your Book Covers?
Ravven created the gorgeous Here Lies Love cover. I look forward to working with her again. My others have been created by myself. I like to have a creative play with book covers before anything is officially decided.