Mageborn Competition

To celebrate the publication of Magefall (which is available to pre-order now from Waterstones, Amazon UK, Amazon USA, your local bookshop) in a month’s time I’m giving away 5 signed copes of Mageborn, book 1 in the trilogy. To enter the competition is really simple. All you need to do is post a comment belowContinue reading “Mageborn Competition”

Breaking all the rules

I’m currently working on my 7th novel (since being published – not including all the trunk novels) and something weird has happened. I’m breaking some of my own rules. You have to write every day. You have to plan every book. You must not plan the story, let it flow organically. You need to setContinue reading “Breaking all the rules”

Achievement Unlocked: Blacksmith

Here’s the thing. I write fantasy books for a living featuring warriors and wizards. In every single book there are many characters waving weapons around. Swords, axes, bows, daggers, the occasional mace, spears and all manner of weapons designed to main, mutilate and murder. But I’ve never done a day’s work as a blacksmith inContinue reading “Achievement Unlocked: Blacksmith”

On Time Every Time

This post has been bubbling under for a while but it was brought to the forefront of my mind today by a tweet. Someone commented that they wait until the series of books is finished before picking them up in one go because they were shy about starting a series with an unpublished finish. Ok,Continue reading “On Time Every Time”

Back home from Les Imaginales

I’ve just returned from Les Imaginales, a French literature festival which takes place in the town of Epinal. Without a doubt it’s the best book-related event I’ve ever attended. In terms of organisation and how it is run, it is very different to UK, or US conventions from what I’ve been told about them. SponsoredContinue reading “Back home from Les Imaginales”

That’s a wrap….for now

The first draft of Mage3 (currently untitled), the third book in the Age of Dread trilogy, has now gone off to my editors at Orbit. So that’s it, I’m done….for the time being at least. In a few months’ time the next round of hard work will begin with edits and so on, but forContinue reading “That’s a wrap….for now”

Fantasy Authors in Conversation – Tuesday 24th April – Stafford

In a couple of weeks time I will be in conversation with GX Todd and Storm Constantine at Stafford Library on Tuesday 24th April. Last week I joined Brad Beaulieu and Anna Stephens at Waterstones in Birmingham for a similar event where we talked about a range of topics including world building, creating characters andContinue reading “Fantasy Authors in Conversation – Tuesday 24th April – Stafford”

Crash Landing – New Podcast

As you may be aware, maybe not, as well as writing novels and comics, I am also a podcaster. Grouchy Old Geeks I‘ve been podcasting 11 years this July with my co-host Scott Grandison. It started out as Comic Book Outsiders but then morphed into Grouchy Old Geeks (as we both drift closer to middleContinue reading “Crash Landing – New Podcast”

Birthday Book Giveaway

My birthday is this month so I’m doing a book giveaway competition where you can win signed books. All you need to do is post a review of one of my books on Amazon UK or Amazon USA, between March 1st and March 31st and send me proof (a screenshot will do) via email (stephenaryan56[at]gmail.com)Continue reading “Birthday Book Giveaway”