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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

 

The David Gemmell Awards Ceremony 2016

I love this picture! (Photo by Annie Czajkowski)

I love this picture! (Photo by Annie Czajkowski)

The ceremony was held at Fantasycon on Saturday 24th September. This isn't a post about Fantasycon but I will say that it was a good convention, and that the redcloaks were as hard working and fabulous as ever.

I have to admit, that when I went to the ceremony, I was really nervous! In fact, I'd been getting nervous for at least an hour or two before.

 

 

The ceremony began with Phil Lunt reading from David Gemmell's Legend. Readings can be tough at the best of times but I can only imagine the pressure that Phil must have felt that night. But I have to say he did an EXCELLENT job. While I was listening to him, it suddenly struck me how much impact David Gemmell has had on other writers. I'd watched a panel last year where I'd heard people like Ian Whates and Ed Cox speak to his qualities as a writer but also as an inspiration. And when Phil was reading, I could hear some of the rhythm and mood of Druss in Steve Aryan's Battlemage and the character of Vargus.

I'd always known that Gemmell was important, but in that moment I was suddenly aware of the very real ripples of his influence impacting on a new generation of writers.

 

There was something very human and humbling about the ceremony. It was personal. Stan and Anne Nicholls were there as friends as much as organisers. And Andy Remic gave a hilarious recounting of his fan letters to David Gemmell and the replies he got. Frances Hardinge was brilliant as ever, and her delight at getting to wield an axe in public was something to behold.

I'm not sure she's going to hand it over without a fight.

Natasha Bardon tries to collect the axe for Mark Lawrence but I'm not sure Frances is going to hand it over without a fight… (Photo by Peter Coleborn)

It was cool getting my award given to me by Scott Lynch too! He gave a great speech about the joys of being a debut, and it was clear that David Gemmell himself had been a strong supporter of new writers. For my part I mostly shook Scott's hand, said thank you repeatedly, and grinned at everybody.

So, at the risk of being unBritish about this, it was an incredible night! I've never won anything before*, and the reaction from the room when The Vagrant was announced is something I'll never forget.

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(Photo by Peter Coleborn)

Thanks to everyone who voted, you are wonderful!

Big congrats to Mark Lawrence for winning the Legend, and Jason Chan** for winning the Ravenheart too!

 

*Not on my own, anyway.

**I hadn't realised he'd worked on Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age too! Check out the site.

The Grim Gathering 2015

I wasn’t planning on writing any more posts until after the launch but the Grim Gathering was so fantastic I couldn’t resist.

For those of you that don’t know, the Grim Gathering is an annual event organised by Fantasy Faction, supported this year by Harper Voyager and hosted at Waterstones. It’s a chance for people who normally chat on the forums to meet each other. There are also books and authors!

Here’s a list of some of my favourite bits:

GG Signing Tables

OMG! (Photo by Agnes Meszaros)

 

 

Coming inside to see copies of The Vagrant set out and my own signing table.

Suddenly feels very real...

Suddenly feels very real…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The crowd arriving.

GG Crowd pic

I think this was the point I started to feel nervous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The panel. I was quite nervous about it to be honest but the audience were warm and the other authors very supportive and it soon flew by.

Photo by Agnes Meszaros

Photo by Agnes Meszaros

I even managed to make Lord Grimdark laugh. (Photo by Agnes Meszaros)

I even managed to make Lord Grimdark laugh. (Photo by Agnes Meszaros)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The signing.

I still can't quite believe this happened.

I still can't quite believe this happened. (Photo by Agnes Meszaros)

I honestly didn't expect to get many people in my line. After all, my book doesn’t officially launch till the 23rd so I was beyond delighted with all the people that came and bought a copy. Thanks to everyone for making my first signing line so much fun!

 

 

The pub.

(Photo by Emma Varney)

Photo by Emma Varney

 

 

 

It was so good I stayed to the bitter end!

 

 

 

Photo by Jonathan Ashman

Photo by Jonathan Ashman

 

Big thanks to Marc Aplin (and the FF team), Harper Voyager, Waterstones, Peter V Brett, Mark Lawrence, Joe Abercrombie and everyone who came and made it such a special night.