So on 15 June my bloody child, Godblind, was born (published). I haven't actually had chance to talk about it since then, as I've been working towards submitting book 2 (which I did with hours to go of my 1 July deadline). The lovely Natasha is now reading it, and I'm in author crisis mode … Continue reading 15 June, 2017 – book baby cometh
So, the signed and numbered, limited first editions - with sultry black sprayed edges - are making their way out into the world. The afternoon I spent in Goldsboro Books signing them (30 May) was a complete joy - not only is it a fabulous bookshop with that amazing book smell permeating its walls and … Continue reading Limited editions and audio files, oh my!
Godblind has received its very first review on Goodreads from someone in possession of an ARC, and I couldn't be happier with what they had to say. I'm super excited, so I'm posting it here in all its glory. Godblind review on Goodreads
Like most hardcore fantasy fans, I do love a good map to help me visualise places, spaces and distances in what I'm reading. And I am, therefore, genuinely Christmas-morning levels of excited to confirm that Godblind will have a map! Said map will be created from a very rough, very awful, draft of a map … Continue reading It’s gonna have a map!
Completely thrilled to point you in the direction of the brilliance that is the Fantasy-Faction website, which is hosting the brilliance that is Godblind's cover art, complete with an associated waffle from me and insightful comments from Marc Aplin, FF founder and all-round awesome human being. Godblind cover reveal interview And for those who can't … Continue reading Godblind’s cover art revealed
So, I can confirm that final edits - structural, copy, line - have now all been completed and Godblind in all its glory is back with my publishers. Aside from a final proofread before it goes to print, the book is done! Written! Finished! Collapses in a heap. The next step on this crazy and … Continue reading It’s the ARCs, Mr Frodo! The ARCs are coming!
So, where have I been for the last month? Well, after handing back edits to the delicious Natasha Bardon at Harper Voyager, I plunged headlong into drafting book two. Then Jen Williams of The Copper Cat trilogy fame convinced me to do NaNo (national novel writing month for those who don't know) while I was … Continue reading NaNoWriMo – I blame Jen Williams
Did I say edits were submitted? EDITS WERE SUBMITTED! On Monday 26 September, no less. Five days before deadline, in fact. Yes, I'm that good... And you know what, they haven't been read and responded to yet! Seriously, I know it doesn't happen that fast, but it's teeth-gnashingly hard to be patient all the same. Are … Continue reading Edits, editors and editing
Over the weekend I was at Fantasycon 2016, in the sleepy English seaside town of Scarborough. We stayed in a little pub-hotel called The Dickens, which was lovely and very tilted without a straight floor or wall in it.The windows rattled and seagulls screamed at 5am and it made me very nostalgic for summers in … Continue reading Fantasycon by the sea, 2016
Edits! I got my edits back from my amazing editor Natasha Bardon at Harper Voyager. She sent me a scary five-page letter which pointed out lots of things and asked lots of questions I didn't have answers to, and recommended lots of changes that made me say, "erm, but". Then we had a brilliant conversation … Continue reading What’s keeping me quiet