The thing about a break is it gives you a new perspective. I’ve been thinking about where I was when I started when paper met pen in August 2015, and how much I’ve learned since then about writing, about the process of pitching and dealing with publishers, and about the book community more broadly. Learning … More The Blog is Back
My partner read this one before me and described it as ‘grown-up Narnia set in Middle Earth’ and to some extent I agree. Five young friends from university meet a mysterious figure from another world who invites them to travel back with him, purportedly for a week’s festival. When they arrive in Fionavar, First … More Book Review: The Summer Tree
So let’s just get this out upfront. This book is LONG. Really long. I would say too long. It could have benefited from more editing. Also there are too many typos, which I guess can happen when a book is so bloody LONG because who is going to manage to read all those words and … More Book Review – Brandon Sanderson (no relation)’s The Way of Kings. Or, putting the EPIC back into epic fantasy.
So this is it! The first update on progress of Smoke born (working title), which is the first part in a young adult fantasy series I’m working on. This feels like a book that has to get written. I started a version of it a few years ago and tailed off before I reached the … More Progress report #1 – The story that won’t go away