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
Really great interview with debut author Ed McDonald on his forthcoming novel, Blackwing. I have an ARC of it, a signed one no less, and will be diving into the Misery very soon. Can't wait! Source: Author Interview: Ed McDonald, 'Blackwing'
Last night I wrote the last words of the first draft of Godblind 2: Godblinder (not really). While this is a triumph of extreme proportions and weighs in at 130,000 magical words, it's not as triumphant as I'd wanted - my self-imposed deadline was the end of April, not 8 May. Persnickety? Maybe. But that … Continue reading Godblind 2, Draft 1, DONE
Here is a review by Peter: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1964918519 A great and honest 4 star review for Godblind. Thanks so much to Pete McLean for reading and taking the time to review so thoughtfully. Thrilled.
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!
The lovely Mike Everest did a series of interviews on five fantasy authors being traditionally published this year. Here's mine: The production of a fantasy debut: Interview with Anna Stephens Let me - and Mike - know what you think!
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!
Not ones I've published, by the way. Ones I've read. Published will be 2017... According to Goodreads, I read 34 books this year, which is pretty good going but down on 2015 I think, mostly because this year has been insane and crazy and wonderful and terrifying as I take my first Bambi-on-ice steps into … Continue reading My books of 2016
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