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Bristolcon 2017

For those of you who don't know Bristolcon is a small but perfectly formed SFF convention that is always warm, smoothly run, and is so civilised it has free tea and coffee and water available for everyone all day! It's on Saturday the 28th October, and if you're in the area, it's well worth a look.

Here's what I'm doing :

9.30 (The Brickout* room)
My First Con. 
New to conventions? Theo Graham and I are on hand to answer questions, give advice and generally help you get the most out of your day.

11.00 (Room 1)
Guest of honour interview – Jen Williams. Come join me in celebrating the awesomeness that is Jen. This is going to be an interactive session where the audience will get the chance to show how much they know about the GoH. Swearing likely.

12.00 (Room 2)
She Infodumped Me
Tabletop roleplayers complain about games which have pages and pages of lore and history, aka: several centuries of stuff happened, which you and the other characters weren’t involved with. How do authors and game designers balance creating a complex realistic world with the need to avoid information overload in the reader?

Juliet E McKenna (M), Jacey Bedford, Peter Newman, Ellen Crosháin, Dyrk Ashton

2.00 (Snug)
Getting Unstuck Workshop
Getting Unstuck: A workshop for any writers who are stuck with a project. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out or an established writer, at chapter 1 or 100: as long as you have a project you can bring to the group, Peter will try to help you move forward with it.

(There are signups online and at the desk on the day)

The full programme is here.

 

*I'm not sure what a brickout room is for, but it sounds interesting.

Tea and Jeopardy 69 – Ken Liu visits the tea lair

In this episode, the amazing, multiple award winning author, Ken Liu, visits Emma in the tea lair. We nerd out on linguistics and its intersectional with culture and cultural supremacy, discuss how to manage the mental aspects of the writing life and the weirdness of cruise ships, amongst other topics.

Click here to listen to the episode.

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.

I'm writing for Wild Cards!

In case you missed it, I'm going to be writing a story set in the Wild Cards universe for their new book called: KNAVES OVER QUEENS.

The book is set in the UK and features stories that run from 1946 to the present day.

For those of you who don't know, Wild Cards is a super hero universe which has been running since forever* and has twenty six volumes published at present (find out more here). It's masterminded by George R.R.** Martin and Melinda Snodgrass, and has had a whole constellation of fab writers contributing to it over the years.

There's a full announcement about it on George's Livejournal.

Alas, there is no official publication date yet but it'll be brought to you by Tor in the US and Harper Voyager in the UK.

It'll also be the first book published to contain stories written by me and Emma!💖💖💖💖 The full list of contributors to KNAVES OVER QUEENS is below, check them out:

Kevin Andrew Murphy
Peadar O Guilin
Caroline Spector
Paul Cornell
Charles Stross
Marko Kloos
Peter Newman
Melinda M. Snodgrass
Emma Newman
Mark Lawrence

 

 

*1987

**Really Really

 

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.