We are pleased to confirm that our firstborn daughter, the beautiful, brutal little lady Godblind, is one year old today. She had a lengthy gestation (more than a decade), but eventually she burst her way into life like that darling little xenomorph through Kane' chest. Since then, she's had a big year, travelling to countries … Continue reading Happy birthday, Godblind
Debut author Cameron Johnston, who I interviewed here on the blog recently, reciprocated by interviewing me on all things grimdark and whether or not the face of fantasy is changing. Those super folks at The Fantasy Hive hosted our chat, which you can read at the link below. Also, I just broke 100,000 words on … Continue reading The women of grimdark
via What can SFF fandom do about the inherent bias of Wikipedia? – Juliet E. McKenna I found this excellent and slightly alarming post through those wonderful podcasters at Breaking the Glass Slipper. If you particularly love an author from a marginalised background, please, please do consider helping out their Wiki page (if they have … Continue reading The bias of Wikipedia
I recently had the pleasure, nay the privilege, to interview Cameron Johnston, whose debut novel The Traitor God is published on 5 June through those fine silicon-based lifeforms at Angry Robot. Cameron has the distinction of being my second ever interviewee on my website – what a thrill! We discussed books, writing, long walks in … Continue reading The Traitor God – interviewing Cameron Johnston
I haven't posted an update or sent a newsletter in a while, and that's because I've been doing edits for Darksoul, which have now been handed in. Huzzah! If all goes well, what I get back next should be copy edits. If all does not go well - meaning if I made some fundamental error … Continue reading Edits – so much fun, except for when they’re not.
Big shout out to Bethan for her awesome review – and to Ken for buying her the book! Clearly a man of excellent taste :0)
Ken bought me this book as a gift when we went to the Grim Gathering event in Bath; I was there to see Joe Abercrombie, I’d read Prince of Thorns in preparation and so was excited to see Mark Lawrence, and I was curious about this Anna Stephens whose debut everyone was talking about. It’s hard to believe that was all the way back in September, and it’s taken me half a year to finally get around to reading Godblind.
I absolutely should have picked this book up sooner.
A brief overview: Goblind is a grimdark (very grim and dark) fantasy, with a multiple point-of-view narrative. It’s a warring nations kind of fantasy, with gods pulling the strings from behind the scenes; lots of back stabbing, betrayals, prophecies, priestesses.
Oh yes but this time it’s done so well.
It’s a plot-driven kind of book, fast paced…
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Those lovely (insane) folks at the Fantasy Hive interviewed me on writing, influences, TV, books, and other stuff. You can read it at the link below. via Author Spotlight: Anna Stephens | The Fantasy Hive
Alright you wonderful, beautiful folk who nominated Godblind in the public consultation for the 2018 Gemmell Awards - you were successful! I'm on the longlist. You know what that means.... yep, start voting all over again 🙂 Voting closes on Friday 30 March, and Godblind is eligible for both the Morningstar Award - best debut … Continue reading Gemmell Awards longlist… I made it!
Those warrior women at Breaking the Glass Slipper asked me some awesome questions that allowed me to talk both about Godblind and about gender politics. You can read all the good stuff at the link below, and be sure to sign up to their podcast as well, because it is all sorts of amazing. via … Continue reading Interview with Breaking the Glass Slipper
14 July 2018 - the David Gemmell award winners for epic/heroic fantasy will be announced at the Edge-Lit 7 convention in Derby. Yes, this is a shameless plea for your help. If you would like to see Godblind mixing it with the other debuts of 2017 for the chance to win the Morningstar award (best … Continue reading David Gemmell Legend Awards and paperbacks