Flying into 2023

The New Year began for me with a surprise delivery in my mailbox. My author comps of the complete Catacombia trilogy, written under the pseudonym R.L. Ferguson, just arrived. These fantasy novels for young readers are published by Ravensburger in German translation, with fabulous cover design by Miriam Wasmus. The final hardback volume hit bookshops … Continue reading Flying into 2023

Alien Film Franchise Encyclopedia – Coming Soon

I'm thrilled to reveal the cover of the Alien Film Franchise Encyclopedia, a brand new in-world guide to the Alien universe, due to be published by Titan Books on 15 August, 2023. Through 2021-2022, I was part of a four-person writing team working in a top secret virtual bunker alongside my inestimable colleagues Clara Čarija, … Continue reading Alien Film Franchise Encyclopedia – Coming Soon

Castellia — New Novelette in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

I'm thrilled to have my latest piece of short fiction Castellia published in the November/December 2021 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. My heartfelt thanks go to editor Sheree Renée Thomas, who chose the novelette for inclusion in this latest edition of the legendary bi-monthly magazine. The story grew from seeds sown … Continue reading Castellia — New Novelette in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

New Article on Virtual Production for Producers Guild of America

In my non-fiction life as a journalist covering film and television production, I recently had the honour of writing an article for Produced By, the official magazine of the Producers Guild of America. Click below to visit this blog's sister website The Illusion Almanac, where you can read the complete article Into the Virtual World, … Continue reading New Article on Virtual Production for Producers Guild of America

Catacombia and Alyxa Delivery

My author copies of Catacombia and book 3 of the School of Alyxa trilogy arrived in the mail today, both written under the pseudonym R.L. Ferguson, and published in German translation by Ravensburger. Love these covers! Catacombia After falling through a shaft in the middle of the night, 13-year-old Sam suddenly finds himself deep beneath … Continue reading Catacombia and Alyxa Delivery

The Illusion Almanac

I'm a firm believer that less is more. However, today I'm going to stick my neck out and assert that more is more. "More what?" I hear you cry. "More website," I reply. My brand new website, to be precise: The Illusion Almanac. Why build a new site? Well, for a long time, the website … Continue reading The Illusion Almanac

Short Story Sale – Castellia

My short story Castellia has just been accepted for publication in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. It's my first piece of short fiction for a while, and my first appearance in the legendary magazine that's been inspiring readers since 1949. I couldn't be more thrilled! Watch out for Castellia in F&SF later this … Continue reading Short Story Sale – Castellia

Ghostwriting Confidential

Photo by Valerio Errani from Pexels I took on my first ghostwriting assignment in 2007, working with a book packager on a crime novel that was eventually published in 2008. Since then, I've ghostwritten over a dozen novels for both adults and younger readers. As I write this post, I'm almost exactly halfway through ghostwriting a new middle-grade … Continue reading Ghostwriting Confidential

20 Years of Stone

The year 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the conclusion of one of my favourite fiction projects, the Stone trilogy. This set of three fantasy novels - Stone & Sky, Stone & Sea, Stone & Sun - was published by Voyager books, the science fiction and fantasy imprint of HarperCollins, between 1999-2001. Through the course … Continue reading 20 Years of Stone

New Book – The String City Mysteries

What better time than New Year to launch a new book? Okay, full disclosure, The String City Mysteries is not entirely new. It's a collection of seven novelettes first published in Realms of Fantasy magazine, and later as individual ebooks by 40K Books. Now, for the first time, they've been assembled into a single volume. … Continue reading New Book – The String City Mysteries