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Worrying About Word Count

Worrying About Word Count

Rise of the Reaper was a big book. When I decided to put it into the YA fantasy category it suddenly seemed even bigger. If you look up the average word count for YA it’s sure as hell not 117,000-odd words. It can often be half that. But who cares, right? When it comes to […]

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Are Characters Wish Fulfillment?

Are Characters Wish Fulfillment?

There is an old general rule in writing that it isn’t such a good idea to put yourself in your books (or anyone else you know, for that matter), which is fair enough. On the face of it, it seems unnecessary, even self-indulgent, and runs the risk of kicking the fourth wall in the face […]

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Fuck the Dark Time

Fuck the Dark Time

I need to put the blue mood and anxiety behind me and press on with Darkwalkers. I need to not be sad or down, or meh. Darkwalkers is a good book and will be a great book once I have re-written it. It’s going to kick arse, so I shouldn’t dread it. And I need […]

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Dark Time

Dark Time

I wasn’t sure about publishing this. I tend to self-censor massively when I post things about being down or less than positive. Just like how I go back through old diaries and either pull pages out, or throw everything away. It’s terrible. A really bad habit. That side is a very big part of me […]

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Rise of the Reaper Launch!

Rise of the Reaper Launch!

It has certainly been a long time coming, with more than a few delays, but Rise of the Reaper – the first book in my YA fantasy series – is now available from most online retailers. Details HERE

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Design Reveal: The Rusty Cup

Design Reveal: The Rusty Cup

I spent a great deal of time – probably too much – when I first started working on Rise of the Reaper, many years ago, playing around with world building. It is the fun part, after all. Coming up with cities, ports, people, currency, customs, myths, and so on. It’s one thing, however, to have […]

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Rise of the Reaper Release Date

Rise of the Reaper Release Date

Finally, after much prepping and shifting of dates, Rise of the Reaper has a release date: 20th November, 2015 As soon as it goes on sale, I will update this site with all purchase links to sites such as Amazon, Kobo, Nook, Waterstones, etc.  

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The Long Slow Trek to Publication

The Long Slow Trek to Publication

One of the benefits of self or indie publishing over that of traditional is speed. Typically, a book can take months or even over a year to make it from the author to the hands of the reader once the final draft is complete. With indie publishing, however, the process is drastically shortened, with the […]

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Rise of the Reaper: The Blurb

Rise of the Reaper: The Blurb

Finally, after losing the original blurbs that I had begun drafting, and having to start from scratch, the blurb for Rise of the Reaper is done. More on the process soon. Fire. Darkness. Grief The strange dreams come to Danny Stone, nightly, since the day his mother vanished. The burning pain of her disappearance, years […]

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Latest GamingLives Article: A Letter From Skingrad

Latest GamingLives Article: A Letter From Skingrad

My latest article for GamingLives went live today: A Letter From Skingrad. I really enjoyed writing this piece, I’m just sorry that it took me so damn long. I had the idea a few years ago, and scratched out a few sentences, but then the piece of paper just floated around, being lost and found […]

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