Category Archives: Writing

Tea and Jeopardy 62 – A chat with Chris Lunt

In this episode, the splendid screenwriter, Chris Lunt, visits Emma in the tea lair. They discuss screenwriting, breaking into industries, ‘overnight’ successes and the benefits of beards.

You can listen to the episode on Geek Planet Online by clicking here.

If you love Tea and Jeopardy and want to join the Order of the Sacred Tea Cup, our Patreon page is here.

Credits for the sounds effects used in this episode can be found here.

The Malice is longlisted for a Gemmell Legend and Ravenheart award

I've already mentioned this elsewhere but just in case you hadn't heard, the longlists for the 2017 David Gemmell awards are up. I'm up for a Legend award for THE MALICE (for best novel) and Jaime Jones is up for a Ravenheart (for best cover).

Voting is free and only takes a couple of clicks. Here's the link if you want to get started.

Now whatever you think of my writing, I hope you'd agree that the cover for THE MALICE is fab and deserves some love. It features two suns, two swords, two women and a baby goat. What's not to love?

And don't forget to show some love for the Morningstar award for best debut too!

Booknest's Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser

Booknest has assembled a super team of fantasy authors to raise money for Doctors Without Borders. There will be a lottery and two auctions, with a total of 100 signed and dedicated books to be won! If you are the kind of person that likes to live on the edge and wants to plunge in already then CLICK HERE TO BUY A TICKET!

If not, then details are below.

Booknest's Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser is a charity project between Readers and Writers.

One hundred Authors have pledged a signed and dedicated copy each, which you can win by joining (donating) our lottery, or later, our auctions. The money that we will manage to raise will then be donated to Doctors Without Borders (aka Médecins Sans Frontières).

You can join the lottery by donating £1 or more (£1 = 1 ticket. If you want to use another currency, feel free to do so. The conversion will be automatically done. £1 = 1.2€ = 1.2$).You have two weeks ahead of you before we draw the winners* on Tuesday 10th January.The following day we will hold the auctions** and keep them running for one week.

To see the full list of the 100 amazing authors that pledged a book to the cause, go to the Booknest website.

 

*There will be six lucky winners, with each one of them winning a random bunch of 10 signed, dedicated, numbered and with special reference to the Fundraiser, books. (6 winners x10 books = 60 books)

**There will be two separate auctions, with 20 books each (again signed, dedicated, numbered and with special reference to the Fundraiser)

Pete's 2016

2016 was weird. In terms of global and national news (which I'm not going to talk about here, I promise!) it was one of the worst I can remember and yet for me, personally and professionally, it was an excellent year.

Books that happened:

The Vagrant (US release)
The Vagrant (UK Paperback)
Landfall (Albion Online novel)
The Malice (UK Hardback)

A novellette that happened:

The Hammer and the Goat (ebook)

Other cool things:

This one! (Photo by Annie Czajkowski)

 

The Vagrant was shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award and it won the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for best newcomer! Which on its own was wonderful but also led to my favourite picture being taken.

 

 

 

I was also pretty chuffed about this:

(For The Vagrant)

 

And, those lovely folks at Harper Voyager picked up my new trilogy, The Deathless. The first book will appear sometime in 2018 and I will talk more about this in the future…

Mushy moment

People continued to be generally lovely throughout the year, in person and online. And given the things we're not talking about here, I wanted to say how important that was to me. Looking forward to spending more time with you all in 2017!

Tea and Jeopardy 60 – John Gwynne visits the tea lair

teaandjeopardy_geekplanet-300x300In this episode, the brilliant author John Gwynne, visits Emma in the tea lair. We discuss the joys of a good axe, being in a band and what the bottle would be like for a John Gwynne cologne.

You can listen to the episode on by clicking here to go to Geek Planet Online.

If you love Tea and Jeopardy and want to join the Order of the Sacred Tea Cup, our Patreon page is here.

Credits for the sounds effects used in this episode can be found here.

Tea and Jeopard 59 – Zen Cho visits the tea lair

teaandjeopardy_geekplanet-300x300In this episode, the absolutely splendid author Zen Cho, visits Emma in the tea lair. We discuss the merits of fan fic, living in the worlds we create and the complexities of making the world a better place.

You can listen to the episode on by clicking here to go to Geek Planet Online.

If you love Tea and Jeopardy and want to join the Order of the Sacred Tea Cup, our Patreon page is here.

Credits for the sounds effects used in this episode can be found here.

Fantasycon by the sea

I'm going to be attending Fantasycon this year. If you're going, feel free to say hi! You can find me in the following places:

Friday 23rd September

It's a kind of magic
3.00pm – 4.00pm. Royal Ballroom (Royal Hotel) – Magic in fantasy fiction. Do you need it all and how do you use it well?

Getting Unstuck Masterclass
5.00pm – 6.00pm. Room 108 (Grand Hotel) – This is for writers already engaged in a project. All are welcome. It doesn't matter if you are at page 1 or 100, if you are new writer or have been published for years. You present the problem and I try to solve it so you can get back to work!
Sign up at registration (max 15).

Saturday 24th September

Gemmell Award Ceremony
7.00pm – 9.00pm. Royal Ballroom (Royal Hotel). The Vagrant is up for a Morningstar along with five other top books. One way or the other, there will be drinking!

Sunday 25th September

Fantasycon/BFA Awards Banquet
12.30pm – 3.00 Royal Ballroom (Royal Hotel). The Vagrant is up for a best newcomer award here too, and in great company. I've never had so much to lose on one weekend before!

Competition time!

If you’re going to Fantasycon and want to win a signed copy of The Vagrant or The Malice all you have to do is attend any of the programme items above and ask me the question: “Am I the First?” If you’re the first person to ask me that, you win. Simple!*

*Bonus points if you do it in the questions section of my panel.

August Things: 2016 Edition

Nine Worlds

I'll be at Nine Worlds on the Saturday 13th August doing the following panels:
Making and breaking a hero (10.00)
The end of the world and why we love it (17.00)

I'll also be doing a signing with Emma from 1.30-2.15, doing an interview and may even fly by the bar. Hopefully see some of you there!

SRFC

I'll be reading at Super Relaxed Fantasy Club on the 30th August, along with the fabulous A.K. Benedict and Sarah Pinborough (also fabulous). It's at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road and starts (in a very relaxed way) at 6.30.

Voting for the Gemmell's ends 19th August!

So, just in case I forgot to mention it: THE VAGRANT has been shortlisted for a Morningstar award. 😀 😀 😀 Big thanks for everyone that voted for it at the longlist stage. If you'd like it to win, please go and vote. It's free and takes two clicks.

The link is here.

Tea and Jeopardy

We've had a couple of fabulous guests on recently. First off is Tea and Jeopardy 56 with Anna Mazzola, author of THE UNSEEING (which has been getting the most AMAZING reviews btw). Who comes to talk historical crime, the law, and the answer to the eternal question of tomato sauce or brown sauce.

Then there's Tea and Jeopardy 57 with Jason Arnopp, author of THE LAST DAYS OF JACK SPARKS (which is currently listed for a Not The Booker prize). Conversations include: metal bands, favourite music, VHS tapes and the distinct aroma of medieval sanitation.

Tea and Jeopardy 55 – James Oswald visits the tea lair

teaandjeopardy_geekplanet-300x300In this episode, the splendid author James Oswald visits Emma in the tea lair. They discuss Highland cows, the silly things James is asked to do for publicity, writing epic fantasy vs crime fiction and we even get a sneaky peek into the plot for the next Inspector McLean novel!

Click here to listen to the episode on Geek Planet Online.

If you love Tea and Jeopardy and want to join the Order of the Sacred Tea Cup, our Patreon page is here.

Credits for the sounds effects used in this episode can be found here.

Edge Lit 2016 & a trip to Waterstones Birmingham with Den & Jen!

Edge Lit 5

I'll be at Edge Lit 5 this year, feel free to come and say hi. My programme is below and if you want to win a free copy of THE VAGRANT or THE MALICE, details are after that!

12pm-1pm (Cinema 2)
High Fantasy, High Art: Is Fantasy Fiction Growing More Literary?
Edward Cox, Peter Newman, Cherry Potts, Marc Turner, Jen Williams

2pm-3pm (Green Room)
Getting Unstuck: A Workshop for Writers Stuck on a Project!

4pm-5pm (The Box)
I'm interviewing guest of honour Emma Newman!

8pm onwards (The Box)
Super Relaxed Fantasy Club
Hosted by Peter Newman and Jen Williams

Competition time!

If you’re going to Edge Lit 5 and want to win a signed copy of The Vagrant or The Malice all you have to do is attend any of the programme items above and ask me the question: “Am I the First?” If you’re the first person to ask me that, you win. Simple!*

Waterstones Birmingham

And then on the 23rd July at Waterstones Birmingham at 6.30, I'll be joining the delightful Den Patrick and Jen Williams for a 'Foray into Fantasy'. Be great to see you there!

 

*Bonus points if you do it in the questions section of any of my panels/items.