New Book Deal

I’m been sitting on this news for a while so I’m very glad that I can now officially share it. I have a new book deal with Angry Robot books! Here’s the link to the press release and story in the Bookseller As the story mentions this is a two book series and it isContinue reading “New Book Deal”

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?”

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”

Recent TV

The joy of Netflix means I can start on a series and just really soak into it, and consume the whole thing in one stretch. No waiting weekly for episodes, and go at my own pace. There are some shows that are released weekly, to keep them in line or just behind the US, butContinue reading “Recent TV”

Other Worlds Event – Sat 6th October

Just a quick post to serve as a reminder that next Saturday, 6th October in Nottingham, I will be taking part in the Other Worlds event at the Nottingham Writers’ Studio. This is a full day of panels and workshops. The schedule and more information about the event is available on the website here, asContinue reading “Other Worlds Event – Sat 6th October”

Mageborn competition winners

Just a quick post to say I’ve chosen 5 names at random and the following people have won a signed copy of Mageborn!!!! 1) Cyberdechu 2) Lauren Maharaj 3) kaladanuk 4) theamazingmrg 5) psoans Please email me your full name and postal address to receive your copy to stephenaryan56 [at] gmail.com    

Magefall – Time is weird

So, Magefall is published this week. Yeah, how did that happen so fast? On the one hand, it feels like 5 minutes since Mageborn was published. On the other hand it’s actually been nearly a year and thinking back over the last twelve months quite a lot has happened to me in that time. ToContinue reading “Magefall – Time is weird”

Magefall publication event

To celebrate the publication of Magefall, book 2 in the Age of Dread trilogy, I will be taking part in an event at Forbidden Planet in Birmingham. This will be on Wednesday 5th September from 5-6pm. I will be there with Anna Stephens and GX Todd and we might do a bit of a talkContinue reading “Magefall publication event”

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”