Writing

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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Let It Go – Stop Tinkering

Let It Go – Stop Tinkering

There is always a risk, as a creative person, that you’ll fall victim to one of the worst hindrances outside procrastination, and that’s tinkering. Like a fussy aunt trying to endlessly straighten a picture on the wall, there is an almost-overwhelming temptation to tweak, twiddle, and tease the words that we have spent so long […]

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Darkwalkers – A Late Start

Darkwalkers – A Late Start

Starting a new book is always hard, but starting a book that is part of a series is harder. It shouldn’t be as hard, however, because I have already written book two in the Broken Lands series. Darkwalkers was finished years ago. I thought it was done. I was wrong. After I re-wrote Rise of […]

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Aquattrox!

Aquattrox!

Now that the book has been out there for a while, I should probably start to gather the myriad of information and extra stuff that I have written on Aquattrox, the violent aquatic sport from my books, and do something with it. I have plans for a wad of extras to encourage mailing list signups, […]

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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: Cover Reveal

Rise of the Reaper: Cover Reveal

Whoo! So very excited to reveal the cover for my upcoming YA fantasy novel, Rise of the Reaper – the first book in the Broken Lands series. Thanks go to the designer, my fantastic partner, Mark. I’d also like to thank the supremely talented photographer Pawel Klarecki for the permitted use of one of his […]

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Rise of the Reaper: The NEW blurb!

Rise of the Reaper: The NEW blurb!

Yeah, yeah, I know. I thought I’d got the blurb nailed. Then I got my copy-editor to take a look and see what she thought, before proofing it. She came back with a number of suggestions and I took some of it on board, reworking it until I was happy. Here’s the final final blurb. […]

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Rise of the Reaper – Excerpt – Chapter 1

Rise of the Reaper – Excerpt – Chapter 1

This is a small excerpt – one chapter to be precise – of my upcoming YA fantasy novel, Rise of the Reaper. It is the first in the Broken Lands series and is in the penultimate editing stages. Here’s a taste. Also, please forgive the dialogue formatting. WordPress has a shitty habit of stripping the […]

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Rise of the Reaper: What and When?

Rise of the Reaper: What and When?

I thought it was about time that I actually sat down and talked about what my new book, Rise of the Reaper, is actually about, given that I’ve been posting diaries (albeit sporadically) for some time. What? Rise of the Reaper is the first book in a YA fantasy series (that I’d also slip hopefully […]

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More Bonus Material For The Septic Circle

More Bonus Material For The Septic Circle

I’ve just completed another piece of bonus material for The Septic Circle. It isn’t yet live on the official Septic Circle site – I thought I’d post it here first. It is an interview from one of the book’s fictional magazines, Psychic Monthly, featuring Fenwick Arcana – the man who everybody loves to hate – […]

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