What can I say? The day has arrived and my debut trilogy is now published. Cue the Frodo Baggins in Mount Doom "it's done, it's over" speech. Three books, when just seeing one in print had been my goal and dream for all of my adult life and probably longer. 400,000 words published, give or … Continue reading The end of the beginning
13-21 August 2019: Super Relaxed Fantasy Club, London - reading and Q&A - 13th Worldcon 2019, Dublin - 3x panels, 1x signing, 1 million drinks - 15th-19th Voyagercon, London - panel - 20th Signing Bloodchild limited edition stock, London - 21st People, it was A WEEK. An epic and hugely enjoyable week, but gods alive, … Continue reading The busiest week of my life
I'm absolutely over the moon by the below review from the Fantasy Hive about Bloodchild, the third book in my Godblind trilogy. It seems that all the points I was trying to hit were, indeed, hit - either that or the reviewer in question, Mike, can somehow see into my brain. I wouldn't actually put … Continue reading BLOODCHILD by Anna Stephens (Book Review) | The Fantasy Hive
The talented and delightful (I haven't met her, but she seems to be) Delilah S Dawson posted an insightful and candid thread on Twitter today about dissociation, specifically among authors, and some of the self-imposed challenges we face. You can read it here and I hope you do, because it says a lot and it … Continue reading Suckerpunch
Stewart Hotston works in high finance in London, teaches historical sword-fighting with an emphasis on rapier and sidesword, and writes fiction that interrogates the contemporary world through the lens of SF and fantasy. He’s been gracious enough to answer some of my questions, which I’ve been burning to ask since I got to read both … Continue reading Interview with Stewart Hotston – author of Tangle’s Game.
Signal boosting this as it's a very important and very well written essay by Helen Gould https://wp.me/p7JgeX-b7
Excepting copy edits and proofreading, the Godblind trilogy is now complete. My editors are happy with the latest round of edits I made to Bloodchild and the main creative process is now over. The trilogy is over. For me, anyway - for readers, there's still a bit of a wait. While I'm really excited for … Continue reading To pastures new
Well, it's been a while, readers. But there are reasons for that. Some of them are even good reasons. The biggest is that I had edits back for Bloodchild, the concluding novel in the Godblind trilogy. They were pretty hefty, structurally, and there was one character whose plot line needed extensive work. And, of course, … Continue reading Stories and novels and terror, oh my!
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!