I REALLY WANTED TO BE A BARD . . .
TRAVEL, ADVENTURE, SWORDFIGHTING, MUSIC . . . WHO WOULDN’T WANT THAT JOB?
When I was sixteen, I was off on an island, camping by myself, and ended up having to wait about six hours for a ferry. While sitting on the pier, I read a book titled Bard by Keith Taylor filled with music, adventure, and swordplay. I was hooked. Unfortunately, it turns out there’s no such job as “bard” these days, so I’ve made do with a string of strange vocations, all of which brought me right back to books, only now I get to write them for a living!
Awards and Nominations
Ah, awards . . . What’s that saying? “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride”? I’ve been fortunate to be nominated for some wonderful accolades, but alas, some other more talented person keeps insisting on winning. That said, I did win this lovely award from Booknest, which sits in a prized place on my shelf.
2019 – FINALIST – SUNBURST (CANADA) BEST YOUNG ADULT
2019 – FINALIST – GRAND PRIX D’IMAGINAIRE (FRANCE) BEST FOREIGN YA
2019 – WINNER – CENTURION AWARD (UK) BEST NOVEL
2018 – WINNER – ELBAKIN AWARD (FRANCE) BEST FOREIGN YA NOVEL
2018 – NOMINATED – CARNEGIE MEDAL (UK) BEST YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
2016 – WINNER – BOOKNEST (EU) BEST FANTASY AWARD
2016 – FINALIST – JOHN W. CAMBELL AWARD (USA) BEST NEW WRITER
2016 – FINALIST – PRIX IMAGINALE (FRANCE) BEST FOREIGN NOVEL
2015 – FINALIST – GEMMELL MORNINGSTAR (UK) BEST DEBUT
2014 – SEMI-FINALIST – GOODREADS (USA) BEST FANTASY NOVEL
MY DEEP DARK SECRETS . . .
IS SEBASTIEN DE CASTELL YOUR REAL NAME?
Yes, it really is my name. I’m not sure why so many people think it was concocted by a Madison Avenue advertising agency tasked with devising the most-fantasy-author-name-ever, but I’ll bet none of those distrusting folks had to get beat up as a kid for having a sissy name.
WHEN DOES YOUR NEXT BOOK COME OUT?
You can find my upcoming books on the home page.
DO YOU WRITE IN OTHER GENRES?
I love weird detectives—the ones that are defective to the core but somehow use their flaws to make themselves brilliant investigators. I’m working on a mystery novel with a character I really enjoy and I’m hoping will come to life sometime in the next two years. I wrote a thriller/horror with a friend of mine a couple of years ago and we’re debating whether to give it another draft. Alas, both our writing schedules are pretty full right now.
WHY DO YOUR BOOKS COME OUT IN THE UK BEFORE THE US?
The publishing rights are sold separately to each region, so, in effect, it’s a different publisher in every country. Each of those publishers have their own schedules and times they think their books will do best in the market. Alas, I have no control over this process!
WHAT’S YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE AUTHOR QUESTION?
Same as all other authors: “where do you get your ideas from?”
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR IDEAS FROM?
Glad you asked! They come from my brain.