How many pages do you give a book to grip you before giving up?

Having just put down a book before reaching the end, I asked this question on Twitter as I was curious about how others felt. To my surprise the majority of people stop reading if they are not enjoying a book, rather than persisting to the end. There was a range of answers related to pageContinue reading “How many pages do you give a book to grip you before giving up?”

Magebane events

To celebrate the publication of Magebane (available to preorder from all good bookshops now, hint hint!) I’m going to be doing a few events online and in person. Thursday 8th August The book is officially published on Monday 5th August so to coincide with that I’m going to be doing my first signing event inContinue reading “Magebane events”

May TV and books

Busy working on the new NEW book. Currently editing it and at the end of that process it will be a second draft. I’ll then send it back to my agent for her feedback. After that, we’ll see. I might need to do another edit (which is likely) or it may be ready to goContinue reading “May TV and books”

Class is in session: Fantasy world building

I’m delighted to announce that starting in May I will be teaching an online writing course with LitReactor. This will be a two week course, available to anyone around the world, on fantasy world building. As you can imagine I’ve spent a lot of time creating fantasy worlds and thinking about all of the elementsContinue reading “Class is in session: Fantasy world building”

Something new and doubt

I’ve just sent in the first draft of something totally new to my agent for her feedback. This is still fantasy, but the story is not set in the same world, there aren’t any mages in this book and it’s a bit different in terms of style and pacing. Now comes the waiting. It wasContinue reading “Something new and doubt”

End of an Age

Just a quick update post to say that I’ve just sent off the amended proof for Magebane, book 3 in the Age of Dread trilogy. So that’s the end of the second Age in that world and, for now at least, the end of the story of those characters. I started writing Battlemage many yearsContinue reading “End of an Age”

2019 Events

It’s almost Christmas but I’ve already been busy planning a number events for 2019. The first I will be taking part in is a new one for me, the Wolverhampton Literature Festival. It runs from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd February at a number of  different venues around the city. The full PDF programme ofContinue reading “2019 Events”

All I want for Christmas….

…..is a review. Well, ok, I would like people to buy my books, but if you’ve done that already, then thank you. But if you have a bit more time then I would really appreciate it if you could leave a review on Amazon, and Goodreads (if you are on there), even the same oneContinue reading “All I want for Christmas….”

Magebane Cover Reveal

The word is out. The final book in the Age of Dread trilogy is called – Magebane. This is the big one. It wraps up everything. Six books and a novella worth of story and characters. That’s not to say every little thing is tied down and sorted, but I had to make sure aContinue reading “Magebane Cover Reveal”

November update

A quick update on everything. Book 6  – This now has a title for those with eagle eyes on Amazon, and a release date next summer. I sent back a second draft to my editor about two weeks ago and like a rubber ball it’s going to be coming back to me very soon fromContinue reading “November update”