If you're looking to discover great fiction by people of colour, you could do worse than check out this awesome list by Stewart Hotston. via The alternative (to you) writers list
You can now vote for your favourite banned (once banned, tried to be banned, banned no longer) book from a list of 20. When I read the list I was astonished by some of them - Of Mice and Men was banned? Why? For what? Others are almost as famous for being banned as for … Continue reading Academic Book Week’s Most Influential Banned Books
Hi! You may remember me, I was the one excitedly bouncing up and down to discover I have TWO pieces nominated in the longlist for the British Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards - my second novel, Darksoul, and the short story Flesh and Coin. If you are a member of the BSFA and haven't yet … Continue reading BSFA Awards longlist – voting closes on 31 January!
Happy 2019! I'm starting this year's blogs with a wild tangent from my writing life into, well, the rest of my life. Gasp! No, writing is not the entirety of my life, though it occasionally seems like it (not a complaint). Like many people who watched 'that' episode of Planet Earth II by the incomparable Sir … Continue reading Plastic-free, cruelty-free, chemical-free
via SFSF Awards 2018 Sheffield Fantasy and Science Fiction club (SFSF) has released its annual awards for best collection, best novel and best completed series, which you can read at the link above. Nestled among some truly excellent winners is Darksoul, meaning that the last day of 2018 is going to start as well as … Continue reading SFSF Awards 2018 – Darksoul gets a Skadi!
In no particular order and with varying degrees of importance and silliness, some things 2018 taught me. Note, these are not prescriptions for others on how to approach life, writing, or anything. My job isn't to tell you what to do; it's, hopefully, to entertain you and then tear your heart out and crush it … Continue reading Things wot I learnt or did in 2018
I've seen the first trailer for Avengers 4. Let me be clear, I'm going to watch it. I love the MCU and they're generally solid films. That said, Black Panther was the best MCU film of the last few years for me, easily, EASILY outstripping GOTG, Ragnarok and Infinity Wars. Which leads me on to … Continue reading Where did all the Wakandans go?
Those were the last words I wrote in my WIP yesterday before going out to tutor with The Access Project. They're not a line of dialogue - it's a prompt so that when I get back to work this morning, I'll know what needs to come next. It wasn't a conscious decision to include an … Continue reading It’s an ambush!
I'm deep into the last week of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month for any who don't know - expect a post-NaNo round up next week), but I just had to pop on to say that my second child, Darksoul, has been reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and they've only gone and given it a starred review. … Continue reading Darksoul in Publishers Weekly
This last week I have found myself in a situation I've never encountered before. Having submitted the draft of Bloodchild to my publishers for edits, I was faced with taking a work in progress I'd been messing around with and writing for fun, and examining it in a new critical light - this is going … Continue reading On writing a second series