I’ve a shameful admission. I’ve got a medieval-style fantasy novel coming out next year and I don’t even know how to swing a sword. You read that right. I spent a year writing a character who wields a rapier and the most real world experience I’ve had of that is holding a replica around someone’s […]Read more "My First HEMA Lesson With Leicester Longpoint"
So if you follow me in any fashion online you’ll know I announced a new novel yesterday. A fantasy novel no less. And it was announced on Tor.com and it’s coming from Titan Books. Aren’t I a space opera writer? An indie space opera writer? What the flying dachshund is going on Worrad? Well? Honestly, […]Read more "Pennyblade? What? Where Did *That* Come From Dude?!?!"
This is the big announcement I’ve been hinting at! Titan Books are releasing my fantasy novel, Pennyblade early next year! I’ll go on a longer chat here tomorrow but, in the meantime, here’s the cover reveal and details on that most awesome of site’s TOR.COM!Read more "‘PENNYBLADE’, my new fantasy novel, over on Tor.com!!!"
So you’re that kinda writer who has to have a little music in the background. To you silence is as scary and troublesome as a blank page. You’ve listened to classical music, jazz, film and video game scores, anything that fills the quiet but doesn’t seize your attention (Typically this means no lyrics). But of […]Read more "My Obscure Background Music For Writing (And You Can Too!!!)"
Aliette de Bodard lives and works in Paris. She has won three Nebula Awards, a Locus Award, a British Fantasy Award and four British Science Fiction Association Awards, and was a double Hugo finalist for 2019 (Best Series and Best Novella). A highly versatile author as at home writing space opera murder investigations as she […]Read more "Author Interview: Aliette De Bodard"
If you’re a fantasy reader and haven’t read any RJ Barker then stop mucking about and get to it. The author of The Wounded Kingdom and Tide Child trilogies, Barker cooks up beautifully singular worlds and stuffs them full of characters you can’t help but love. Eager to find out more, I clambered onto the […]Read more "Author Interview: RJ Barker"
Early last year we got news of an incredible collaboration, authors Gareth L. Powell (Embers Of War series, Ack-Ack Macaque trilogy) and Peter F. Hamilton (Night’s Dawn Trilogy, Commonwealth saga etc) had written a novella together. Well, that’s the British space opera equivalent of Queen and Bowie recording Under Pressure as far as I’m concerned. Light Chaser […]Read more "Author Interview: Gareth L. Powell On ‘Light Chaser’"
Wanderer, travel-blogger, chef, preservationist, fantasy author; Tej Turner has fitted a surprising amount into his young life. But of course it’s the latter pursuit that concerns us here. Having brought us the gritty and surreal urban fantasy of The Janus Cycle, Tej has now leaped into full-fledged epic fantasy with The Avatars Of Ruin series, […]Read more "Author Interview: Tej Turner"
Perhaps the most famous work of the late John LeCarre begins: “The truth is, if old Major Dover hadn’t dropped dead at Taunton races, Jim would never have come to Thursgood’s at all.” That’s such a great opener. To a casual eye it may seem not to be doing much of anything but it’s actually […]Read more "The First Line of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: A lesson In Excellence"