Category Archives: Writing

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.

Tea and Jeopardy 54 – Kate Elliot visits the tea lair

teaandjeopardy_geekplanet-300x300In this episode, the brilliant author Kate Elliott visits Emma in the tea lair. They discuss outrigger canoe racing, living with volcanoes and how we manage anxiety as writers.

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 Jeopardy 53 – Sebastien de Castell visits the tea lair.

teaandjeopardy_geekplanet-300x300In this episode, the splendid author Sebastien de Castell, visits Emma in the tea lair. We discuss archaeology, Neil Gaiman, embarrassing jokes, and the deep questions that plague us as writers.

 

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 Vagrant is out in the US!

The Vagrant is now out in the US! *throws confetti*

Tor.com have just done a giveaway, and Barnes & Noble have put up a lovely review as well!

I've also returned to the wonderful Grim Tidings Podcast to talk books, goats and games, and if you're quick, there's a chance to win a copy of The Vagrant there too (US only)!

*throws more confetti*

The Vagrant paperback & other updates!

It's already in Waterstones Western-super-Mare (photo by Keith Ramsey)

It's already in Waterstones Western-super-Mare! (photo by Keith Ramsey)

The Vagrant paperback is out today and to celebrate I've got a guest post over at the Harper Voyager blog!

Thanks to those of you who have been sharing pictures of it out in the wild. I will never ever, ever get bored of seeing it on display tables.

If you're based in the US, I'm afraid it doesn't hit bookstores there until the 10th May but it is coming, I promise!

If you're keen to get stuck in, there's a sample of the book on the Harper Voyager blog right now!

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And in Waterstones Orchard Square, Sheffield! (Photo by Andrew Angel)

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And looking very cool in Swindon! Thanks Vicki! 😀 (Photo by Adrian Faulkner)

For those of you who are waiting for the sequel, THE MALICE will be coming out in hardback on the 19th May and we should be seeing a cover reveal very, very soon. SPOILER: Jaime Jones has produced another work of beauty and I can't wait for you to see it!

And for those of you who are super keen,   at the time of writing this I'm about two thirds of the way through drafting THE SEVEN (which will be coming out in 2017) and I'll have more news about some short stories set between the books in the not too distant future.

Exciting times!

Landfall (The Tales of Albion) is out now!

bcff491efc804c6fcd706707d0fccc967b70ad2bAs the title says really! My fast and fun book set in the world of fantasy MMO Albion Online is now available in paperback and ebook.

UK folk can get it here.
Everyone else can get it here.

The novel stands on its own but for those who play the game, there are a few names and experiences I'm sure you'll find familiar.

 

 

As I've said before the cover art is great and there are lovely interior sketches too.  Like this one for example!

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Tea and Jeopardy 49 – Cavan Scott visits the tea lair

teaandjeopardy_geekplanet-300x300In this episode the delightful Cavan Scott visits the tea lair to talk comics, the Beano, truth and the challenges of keeping your workspace tidy.

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

If you’re interested in supporting Tea and Jeopardy and would like to join the Order of the Sacred Teacup, our Patreon page is here.

If you’d like to catch up on old episodes, there’s a full index here.

Enjoy!

Landfall cover reveal!

And here it is, the cover for my novel set in the world of Albion Online. It’s called LANDFALL and the cover art is by Simon Kopp. I for one think he's done a great job!bcff491efc804c6fcd706707d0fccc967b70ad2b

One of the things I like the most are all the little details. The image generally has a nice epic feel to it but zoom in and you find cool things like this:

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There are sinister people in the woods!

 

And on the battlements!

And on the battlements too!

The cover was revealed over at the Albion Online website earlier today and the book will be available in paperback and ebook very, very soon! More details to follow!