I’d like to welcome B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree Philip Dodd to today to talk with me about his book, Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle. Philip was born in 1952, lives in Liverpool, England, has a degree in English literature from Newcastle University, and has been writing songs, stories and poems since he was twelve. His first book, Angel War, was published in April, 2013. A work of fantasy fiction, rooted in The Bible, it was chosen as a finalist in The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards in 2013. His second book, Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle, was published in March, 2015. A work of light-hearted science fiction, it was chosen by indieBRAG as a Medallion Honoree in October, 2015. His third book, Still the Dawn: Poems and Ballads, was published in October, 2015.
He has had poems published in his local newspaper, the Liverpool Echo, The Dawntreader, a quarterly poetry magazine, published by Indigo Dreams Publishing, Mallorn, the Journal of the Tolkien Society, and Greek Fire, an anthology of poems inspired by Greek mythology, published by Lost Tower Publications.
He enjoys posting his poems in the Poetry group on Goodreads, on poetry group sites, like Uncaged Emotions, on Face Book, and on his WordPress blog
Here is the link to his web site:
How did you discover indieBRAG?
I first heard of indieBRAG when I read on Face Book that a book by Elisabeth Marrion, which I had read and reviewed, had been made a Medallion Honoree. I was then led to the indieBRAG web site. I then decided to enter my own book, Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle, for the same award.
Please tell me a little about your book, Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle.
My book is a light-hearted science fiction story. Basically, it is the biography of an inventor. His name is Klubbe, a turkle who lives on the planet, Ankor. Turkles look like turtles only they walk on their hind legs, have yellow golden skin and back shells, and they have the gift of language and the ability to create their own culture. To amuse myself and, hopefully, others, I wanted my book to contain the opposite of the high seriousness and complexities of the science fiction novels I have read by such writers as Arthur C. Clarke, Greg Bear, H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. So I created a bird brain, simple story about an inventor called Klubbe who invents the first flying craft on his planet, which is powered not by an advanced technology, as in a serious science fiction novel, but a larger version of the battery which lit the bulb in the toy torch he had as a child. I wanted to write a story without any villains, conflict or darkness, in which all the characters are good natured and helpful to one another, something which those who have read and reviewed my book have appreciated as a refreshing change.
What is the planet, Ankor like?
Ankor is very much like Earth as it was in its early ages before the industrial revolution. Turkles are its guardian race. They live in cities, towns and villager’s, but travel everywhere on foot, unless they journey by barge on one of its canals or in a cart or carriage on one of its roads, drawn by hill ponies. Most of the planet is uncivilized, left to be wild, complete with forests and jungles. Some of its birds, beasts and fish, like the Great Glom, for example, cannot be found anywhere else.
Tell me a little about them pyramid priest.
I wanted Turkles to seem like a real people who live on a real planet, so I gave them their own religion. Many aliens in science fiction novels and films have an advanced technology but appear to have no spiritual life or religious beliefs. Ubbtosh, the pyramid priest, I created to represent the spiritual side of turkle life and nature. He holds in his hand a copy of The Zump, the sacred book of Ankor. He is the key to the turkle version of God, who they call Nunkturnom, and the angels who serve him, who they call the Esur.
Who is Archy Eopta?
I got the name Archy Eopta from the name of the earliest bird, Archaeopteryx. On Ankor, the Archy Eopta is the king of all the birds on the planet, considered to be a myth, until his home is found in a mountain cave by Klubbe and his company of explorers.
Tell me a little about the setting and period of your story.
Most of the events in the story take place on the planet, Ankor, which is a very primitive planet until Klubbe invents its first flying craft. In space, Klubbe and his crew members, on board his flying craft, the Golden Star Coracle, encounter space stations and space ships, manned by aliens from advanced planet civilizations, and when they land on Earth it is Earth as it is now in the twenty first century.
What are you currently working on?
In October, 2015, I published Still the Dawn: Poems and Ballads, a collection of poems and ballads I wrote between the years of 1983 and 2015. I started writing songs and poems when I was twelve in 1964. Now I enjoy writing poems and posting them in the Poetry group on Goodreads, poetry groups on Face Book, like Uncaged Emotions and Literary Feast, and on my WordPress blog. I have written fragments of a sequel to Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle. It is called Assinarc, which is the name of a star city invented by Klubbe. I may finish it one day. At the moment, I am content to write verse.
Where can readers buy your book?
Readers can buy my book on Amazon.com Amazon.uk, Lulu.com and Barnes and Noble.
How did you come up with the title for your book?
I found a tiny plastic model of a turtle, designed to fit on the end of a pencil. It looked odd, for it stood upright, on its hind legs. So I decided it was not a turtle at all, but only a creature that looked like one. I changed the second t in turtle with a k to get turkle, and gave him the name Klubbe, who lived on a planet called Ankor. His first invention, the Golden Star Coracle gave me the full title of my book, Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle.
Who designed your book cover?
I chose the picture for the cover of my book from Shutterstock. The design team at Publish Nation did the lettering.
We are delighted that Stephanie has chosen to interview Philip Dodd who is the author of, Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle, our medallion honoree at indieBRAG . To be awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion TM, a book must receive unanimous approval by a group of our readers. It is a daunting hurdle and it serves to reaffirm that a book such as, Klubbe the Turkle and the Golden Star Coracle, merits the investment of a reader’s time and money.