Talus is coming

My new novel Talus and the Frozen King will be published by Solaris Books in March 2014. Long time to wait, huh? Yes and no. There's plenty of work to do between now and then so I'm sure the time will just fly by. It's the kind of grunty publishing toil that normally goes on … Continue reading Talus is coming

Book deal news

I'm thrilled to announce I've just signed up with Solaris Books, leading UK publisher of science fiction, fantasy and horror fiction, to publish my new novel Talus and the Frozen King. The deal was agented by Dot Lumley of the Dorian Literary Agency. What's that? You want to know what the novel's about? Oh, if … Continue reading Book deal news

The storyteller eternal

Nobody knows exactly when the first stories were told. I'm going to stick my neck out and pitch in at 250,000 BC, but only because it's a nice round number and I don't have a time machine. It feels like a fair guess. The "Out of Africa" theory of human evolution suggests our early homo sapiens ancestors may … Continue reading The storyteller eternal

The five stages of editorial feedback

According to Kübler-Ross, the five stages of grief are denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Most writers will recognise these as matching precisely the five stages of receiving editorial feedback on a manuscript. As in: Denial - "I refuse to believe I've written anything other than an award-winning piece of prose!" Anger - "How dare … Continue reading The five stages of editorial feedback

The many lives of a writer – 5

Most people are like cats – they live not just one life, but many. Writers are no exception. Here's the introspective sprawl of my fifth writing life. Life 5 - Diversification So this is me, now, live and uncut, smack in the middle of my fifth writing life. In my past lives I've written stories both short … Continue reading The many lives of a writer – 5

The many lives of a writer – 4

Most people are like cats – they live not just one life, but many. Writers are no exception. Here's what happened when my fourth writing life got underway. Life 4 - Phantom fiction Sometime in the middle of 2007, my agent Dot Lumley asked me if I fancied writing a crime novel for a book packager. Somewhat … Continue reading The many lives of a writer – 4

The many lives of a writer – 2

Most people are like cats – they live not just one life, but many. Writers are no exception. Here's are a few dramatic moments from my second writing life. Life 2 - A Long Way Down One of the ideas I pitched to Voyager Books during my dragon years was a dark fantasy novel about the power … Continue reading The many lives of a writer – 2

The many lives of a writer – 1

Most people are like cats – they live not just one life, but many. Writers are no exception. Here's how I got started with my first writing life. Life 1 - The Dragon Years My first writing life began in 1992. I was in my late twenties and, after noodling around for years with odd … Continue reading The many lives of a writer – 1

Just published – The Dame Don’t Whimper

UPDATE - The Dame Don't Whimper is now available from the iTunes store - see the links below. The sixth novelette from my String City Mysteries series has just been published by 40k Books. Any publication day is exciting, but this one's particularly special. The first five stories in the series are reprints, having originally … Continue reading Just published – The Dame Don’t Whimper

And … relax

This morning I finally drew a line under the first draft edit of The Frozen King. At just a smidge under 65,000 words the MS is now a little longer than it was, and closer to where I thought it was going to be when I started. I still don't want to tell you too … Continue reading And … relax