A recent study reported in The Guardian paper found that reading science-fiction led to poorer recall and empathy with the characters among readers. Apparently, people who are already predisposed to dislike SF, would pay less attention to a story if it included trigger words such as 'airlock'. Well, yeah. They don't like SF, of course … Continue reading In defence of fantasy and science fiction
Phew! That has been an INTENSE six weeks, but the first major draft is now done and with agent and editor. A lot of plot and structural changes happened, the big reveal at the end became a big reveal at the start, with a DIFFERENT big reveal at the end, and in general it is a … Continue reading Darksoul edits are done! (for now)
I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Rob and Philip over at the excellent Grim Tidings podcast back in September. After, I suspect, much heavy editing to make me (or arguably all three of us) sound clever and comprehensible, you can now listen to it on their website, podbean or iTunes. Here's a handy … Continue reading The Grim Tidings Podcast interview
Rival debut author Ed McDonald has some excellent advice for the unpublished looking to become traditionally published. Source: You Are Not George RR Martin: how to get published in the grimdark era of fantasy
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!
And it's a doozy... I am incredibly lucky to have received a stonkingly good review from genre cult classic Starburst Magazine, who, well, seemed to like it a bit. Read Starburst's review here. And don't forget, the Waterstones launch party is fast approaching - Thursday 15 June, and I'd love to see you all there. … Continue reading Starburst Magazine reviews Godblind
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.
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!