Indie Author Spotlight: R.E. Palmer

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Hello, lovelies welcome to a feature I am going to have on La Jersey Chika Reads Indie Books that is called Indie Author Spotlight. Each month I will post an Indie Author Spotlight to help spread the word about the works of the fantastic indie authors that are out there!
Today twentieth installment and feature R.E. Palmer of The Never Dawn (The Never Dawn #1)
Always a tough one - to write about yourself.
Whilst there's so many varied things that I've done over the years, little would be really that interesting to anyone except close family and friends.
So I've broken it down into the sections below so you can pick and choose what you want to find out about me - if at all.
The short story
I was born in Solihull, England and after spending a few years working in London and Gloucester, I now live near Bedford. I'm married with two children (one of each, aged 17 and 22). I've played many sports since I could first walk including cricket, football, swimming and running, and obtained a 2nd Dan Karate black belt quite some time ago.
I'm a teacher of The Alexander Technique, an athletics coach, and I love to read and write.
What I like to read
FICTION: I love books that take me into the lives of the characters and make me believe I'm in there with them, experiencing the joys, woes, and dilemmas. I love books that make it seem real - even if it's set on a fantasy world on the other side of the universe. I have to know some of the history and why the people in the story do what they do.
I don't like books that suddenly wrap everything up in the last few paragraphs that make you think the writer suddenly got bored and wanted it finished. So I hope you don't feel cheated by the endings in my book(s). And I soon lose interest in stories that have a little back story, or no obvious reason, for a character doing something. So again, I've tried to not make that mistake with my stories.
NON-FICTION: I've always enjoyed books about history, especially ancient Greece and Rome, and often with a military slant. On my bedside cabinet, there's usually a popular science book on subjects ranging from outer space down to the inner space of the human mind, performance and the structure of atoms. I hope one day to understand thirty percent of what I read :0)
my writing career
I first wrote short stories in my early twenties, and although I've long since lost them, I can still recall most of the details as if I'd done them yesterday - in fact, a few ideas I had back then surface in my first book, Sky.
I've written three non-fiction books on sports training: The Performance Paradox (1998), Zone Mind, Zone Body (2005) and Golf Sense (2010). These have been well received, but I'd always wanted to write a full-length novel.
I finally sat down with a plan in 2010 and was really pleased when I managed to finish Sky in 2012. After receiving a number of pleas (there must have been at least half a dozen!) to write a sequel, I shocked myself further when I published Stargazers eighteen months later.
Not satisfied with a two book series, I set myself the goal to write a trilogy. I started the first book in 2014 and the project slowly took shape and turned into the dystopian adventure, The Never Dawn. I waited until I'd finished the second in the series, Cloud Cuckoo before publishing both in 2016. The final installment, The Gates of Dawn was completed and published in August 2017.
Currently, I'm working on a fantasy series with the working title, 'Song of Echoes'.
my influences
When I re-read my early attempts at writing and even my first two novels, it became obvious the authors I'd read in my late teens had a huge influence. These were John Wyndham and Arthur C. Clarke. In fact, I discovered Wyndham was born only a few miles from where I was brought up in Solihull.
Later, along with half the English-speaking world, I read Tolkien's Lord of The Rings, quickly followed by The Silmarillion and just about anything else JRR had written including his shopping list.
Find me and my books on my Amazon Author Page or on  BookBub
Title: The Never Dawn (The Never Dawn #1)
By R.E. Palmer
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Publication Date: August 5th, 2016 by FrontRunner Publications
All his young life, Noah has longed to see the sky he's only heard about in stories. For over one hundred years, Noah's people have toiled deep beneath the Earth preparing for The New Dawn – the historic day when they will emerge to reclaim the land stolen by a ruthless enemy.

But when Rebekah, the girl of his forbidden desire, discovers a secret their leader has been so desperate to keep, Noah, suspects something is wrong. Together, they escape and begin the long climb to the surface. But nothing could prepare them for what awaits outside.
Thank you for the offer :0)


  1. "The writer suddenly got bored and wanted it finished," this so perfectly sums up my feelings toward so many endings.

    1. LOL - I thought that was clever as well ;)

    2. I thought the same thing when I read his bio as well, thank you both so much for stopping by my blog.

  2. Randi & DJ, haha. I thought that was funny too.

    1. lol Thank you so much for stopping by my blog Nikki.

  3. Cool post. Do you find that the approach to writing is different with fiction and non-fiction?

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog Michelle.

  4. Interesting spotlight on the author. I also hate it when authors get bored and just finish the book - LOL

    1. Yup I thought that was so funny he said that as well, thank you so much for stopping by my blog Heidi.

  5. It sounds like a interesting read and I think this is another great spotlight.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and loving my indie author spotlight Terri!