This week I had the pleasure of attending an online launch party for the anthology Uncharted Constellations, an anthology of stories, thoughts and poems about the space race. It was hosted by the publishers, Space Cat Press, and I got to have a natter with them and three other authors. Check it out! “In this […]
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A few years ago I wrote a post on my old blog about the value of drawing your characters before writing your novel (and then another post where I broke out the pencil crayons). In short, it’s a process that get’s me to empathise with the characters and slip into their world, at least a […]
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I’ve been a little quiet on here of late and I hope the reasons are now manifest: I’ve been acquiring representation (with all the manuscript tweaking that necessitates). Max is an excellent agent who came highly recommended by someone in genre publishing and its easy to see why. Max has a profound grasp on the […]
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Honestly? Aside from two magazine articles I’ve never read any Gore Vidal. I can rain neither mana nor venom upon his historical novels, whatever worth they possess. But what I can say– and will die upon any hill you choose saying- is that as far as building a writer’s nest goes, Mr Vidal absolutely nailed […]
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Part Two of Feral Space is now available to pour into your ears at your leisure. Eleven hours of space opera power read by the incredibly talented Sara Parlier. Yet again Sara’s done an incredible job of evoking my lil’ saga. I love the way she voices my characters. HERE’S A SAMPLE. And here’s […]
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Yep, you read that right. The Scalpel goes audio!!! Voiced by the incredibly talented Sara Parlier!!! 11+ hours of total space opera head-f**k. What’s not to love? Here’s a three minute sample: BUY THE WHOLE DARN THING HERE!!!
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Hello my beautiful babies! This month the James Worrad juggernaut HITS THE ROAD FOR A TOUR OF THE EMERALD ISLE!!! Well, certainly a few of its hotel lobbies and conference rooms at any rate. Why? Because I’m in Dublin for Worldcon and Belfast for Titancon. Here’s the line-up: WORLDCON: Erm… just hanging out really. Lot’s […]
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Well, the first draft of my latest magnificent octopus is done. And, damn, was it a grueller. Enjoyable, don’t get me wrong, but a heck of a climb. It was, what? Nine months? A rather symbolic amount of time, that. To put it into comparison this latest draft (tentatively called The Dragonfly Girls) is roughly 92,000 […]
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We all have a picture in our head when we hear or read the phrase ‘D&D session’ or ‘RPG night’. We visualise a clutch of bright and esoteric dice, a table, perhaps some bowls of snacks and, if we are a mean and under-informed victim to cliche, the pungent melange of several brands of Axe […]
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