So last Tuesday evening I had the pleasure of interviewing Australian children's and YA fantasy author Garth Nix for an event at Manchester's Waterstones bookstore. Which, I'll be honest, was a lot of fun. Nix is one of the most celebrated and prolific authors of the last 30 years — he's written over 40 books,… Continue reading A writer’s guide to creative courage
Horror, hope and humanity
I was invited, this past month, to reflect upon my writing influences, and in so doing share insights on how horror, as a genre, has shaped elements of my storytelling. And I won't lie, I had a fair bit of fun contemplating this. Horror is a style of storytelling I've always had a love-hate relationship… Continue reading Horror, hope and humanity
The Beautiful Lady Without Mercy
So the plan today was to fly out to Dublin, around about 3.15 this afternoon for Worldcon - a plan that has been scuppered by illness, rendering me duvet-bound within the cosy confines of my home, gazing at the grey drizzly skies outside. On the one hand, I'm gutted to be missing out on what… Continue reading The Beautiful Lady Without Mercy
The Power of Empathy
I had the rich privilege of chatting with the very smart folks over at the Fantasy Hive about the journey behind the writing of my sophomore novel, Pale Kings. Really fun conversation. You can check out the full interview by clicking right… here.
Noirish, Grimdarkesque Fantasy Thriller type stuff
What a pleasure it was to chat (digitally) with writer and editor Paul Semel about writing, genre, worldbuilding, and my new novel, Pale Kings. It was a really fun conversation. You can check it out by clicking right… here.
Betrayal, Blood & Gods
So a cool thing that happened recently was I got to speak with the very lovely folks over at The Nerd Daily about writing and my upcoming release, Pale Kings. It was a very fun and lighthearted chat, and one in which I shared a few things about my writing process and what readers can expect to… Continue reading Betrayal, Blood & Gods
From Realism to Fantasy: A Writing Journey
I had great fun recently talking with academic and writer, Elaine Aldred, about my writing journey. We discussed some of the nuts and bolts of writing and being published; from creativity to craft, to the editorial process itself. So, if you're interested in peeking beneath the hood to see what being an author can look… Continue reading From Realism to Fantasy: A Writing Journey
Myths, Writing & Historical Celebrity Death Matches
I had great fun recently chatting with the guys at Fantasy Inn about genre fiction and the journey of being an author. Click here to check it out.
The Durban Book Launch
Well... where to begin. There are all kinds of words I could use to try to describe the experience that was the Durban Book Launch of Lost Gods, and absolutely all of them will sound hyperbolic to anyone who wasn't there - transcendent, incredible, life-affirming - that kinda thing. But it's all true. It was… Continue reading The Durban Book Launch
The Night That Was…
There are simply no words to describe how beautiful a thing it was to celebrate the release of Lost Gods this past weekend. So, if the old adage is true and an image is worth a thousand words, what price moving images? Surely no better way to capture what was an incredible evening of fun,… Continue reading The Night That Was…