Read My BSFA Article In This Sampler Issue
I only half apologise for talking about it again (as I’m secretly quite proud of this article) but Alex has emailed me to let me know that the BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) has put together a sampler of the latest issue of Focus where, amongst other things, you can read the article about my personal experience with writing groups on the way to becoming published.
If you’re looking to get published then it’s definitely worth checking out. The BSFA provides a number of excellent resources for unpublished genre writers, including Focus and their Orbit Writing Group.
I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction lately. This is partly because Wolf Hall is proving to be the slowest book I’ve ever read – that book is like rich Christmas cake, unable to be devoured and instead eaten in small, well-spaced, delicious slices. This weekend I read a book I received as a Kickstarter reward on chasing tornados and then found myself, almost inexplicably, diving into several books on the self-publishing market.
Just a quick note to say that there’s an article on myself and The Four Realms inside this week’s Bracknell News, including a suitably dodgy picture of said author. If you live in the area, be sure to pick up a copy!
Read All About It!
I’m not very good at drawing so I’m always a little bit in awe of those who can. I love a really cool piece of art, and love it even more when it’s based off of one of my stories. Mark Phillips sent in this piece of art he drew of Joseph from the Four Realms. Love it! If any more readers have art based on the book they’d like to share then I’ll gladly feature it here.
My editor and publisher, the esteemed Mr Andy Remic, sends word that he is doing a sponsored run tomorrow in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, and you can help support him and his nominated charity by purchasing books from the Anarchy website tomorrow (Sunday).
Guest Post: All About Maureen
It’s very clear that one of the things readers are in unison about is the character, Maureen Summerglass. An 82 year old lady seems an unlikely choice for a heroine, but it appears to be one that has worked with readers and for that I’m really glad.
I did a guest post for A Fantastic Librarian where I talk a lot about the origin of Maureen and how she became one of the novel’s lead protagonists. If you’ve enjoyed her in the book, I think you might find her origin interesting.
I’ve been loving the reviews The Four Realms has been getting. Even the ones that have had criticisms have been thoughtful and honest. I keep worrying that inevitably there will be one I don’t love, that will hit some previous unknown painful truth. WarpcoreSF have published their review and have said some very nice things such as “Maureen Summerglass is my favourite old lady character since Granny Weatherwax” and “a thoroughly enjoyable mystery that mashes up modern urban fantasy with [Minor Spoiler] and a more traditional fantasy world that’s in a state of gradual modernisation”.
The review does give away a minor spoiler but I know just how hard it is to talk about the book without mentioning it. I also don’t think the minor spoiler ruins the read so much as gives you an idea of the scope of the over-arcing story I want to tell across four books.
Check out Ros’s excellent review here
The good folks over at My Bookish Ways have an interview up with yours truly where I talk about The Four Realms, as well as some of my influences. I also reveal a famous face that made me go completely fanboy and what I’m currently working on.
Check out the interview here
It seems a lot of you are now getting to the end of the book if the messages I’m receiving are anything to go by, and by the sounds of it you are loving the book. Thank you for all the kind words, they are the secret best thing about being an author!
As a debut author from a small press, getting word out is hard. I don’t have a publicist and my morals stop me from ever sockpuppeting. I’m working like buggery trying to promote the book and help it find its readers but something that will help immensely is if those of you who’ve read it add an honest review to either Amazon or Goodreads. This will help other readers make an informed decision on whether to buy it or not. It doesn’t need to be more than a couple of lines but will help more than you could ever imagine. Thanks once again!