Paul Deepan has just released his debut novel The Fruit Of The Dendragon Tree. I had the opportunity to read it, and enjoyed it a great deal. You can find my review here.

I must confess that fantasy is not a genre that I tend to specialize in, I find many authors are way too full of fluff and fairies! I can honestly say that that is not the case with The Fruit Of The Dendragon Tree. Paul Deepan uses the fantasy genre to explore some very interesting and often dark themes. On the surface it plays as the classic good versus evil fantasy tale, but beneath lays a study of all too real human conflicts.

I had the opportunity to sit down with Paul Deepan and talk about both the book and the author behind it.

What became very apparent to me is that the author is a highly intelligent man, well traveled, well rounded, and well grounded. He was born in Trinidad, grew up in England, went to higher education in Canada, and now lives in the US. I thought I had been around the block, but he has me beat!

I must share a humorous story about this interview, I interview many people and have developed a Modus Operandi, before going on air I talk to my guest for a few minutes, on the outside this is an opportunity to relax the guest, I however also use it to make some snap decisions about on air tactics! Oh it is not sinister, it is trying to determine if the guest is a talker or a yes/no kind of a person. Today I was outfoxed. I had pegged Paul as a yes/no guy, but once we went on air he proved me wrong!

He is a fascinating man and has some wonderful stories to tell. Even if you have no interest in the fantasy genre, you will love this interview. I am still chuckling at his vignette about his father and his love of the game of cricket.

As an avid reader, I will often speculate to myself which authors have had an influence on a writer. I was not surprised when Paul brought up the name C.S. Lewis. In some ways The Fruit Of The Dendragon Tree is Narnia for adults.

Does life imitate art? For this author it certainly does. Two months after he had finished the first draft, the fiction that he had created became reality. His wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. That is one of the reasons that a portion of all sales of The Fruit of The Dendragon Tree is being donated to Cancer Research.

You can listen to the entire interview here. Great book, great story, great author. I know that we are going to be hearing more of Paul Deepan.

Simon Barrett

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