The Good: Compelling characters (and creatures!), plot twists aplenty, and a return to one of the most nightmarish landscapes in fantasy, this time cranked up on the creep-out factor. The Bad: After a strong start, I personally felt that the foot came off the gas pedal while some of the investigative meandering got underway, but … Continue reading Book Review: Ravencry by Ed McDonald
Picking up where we left off yesterday with Sarah Gailey, exploring the ‘production’ side of her novella RIVER OF TEETH, I wanted to put another spin on the ‘producing a fantasy novel’ topic, and have today invited Graham Austin-King to talk about his newest release FAITHLESS. FAITHLESS is Graham’s ‘second’ outing, following the success of his … Continue reading Production of a fantasy novel: Interview with Graham Austin-King
Way back when, earlier in the year, when I ran the ‘producing a modern fantasy debut in 2017’ it got me thinking about other books, and other authors; those that weren’t debuts, but also those that weren’t ‘book 2’ in a series, or weren’t a ‘household’ name on the shelf (e.g. GRrrrrrM, Abercrombie, Sanderson, Hobb … Continue reading Production of a fantasy (alternate-history) novella: Interview with Sarah Gailey
A lot can happen in a year. Or half. And as I’ve been blogging (again) for somewhere between that, I thought I’d do a little recap/update. So firstly, before I look back, I want to take a look around at the present. Today marks the release day of RJ Barker’s phenomenal debut Age of Assassins. … Continue reading Update: What’s going on, and what’s coming up.
2017 is THE YEAR of fantasy debuts. That’s not to say that other years have been any less impressive, but I have read 4 fantasy debuts (currently on a 5th – that being ‘The Court of Broken Knives’*) all to be released in 2017, that have blown me away. Honestly, these guys and gals are … Continue reading Writing interview: On writing ‘Godblind’ with Anna Stephens
To conclude this mini-series of posts on Ed McDonald's debut Blackwing, I invited Ed to talk about any topic that he felt was relevant but more importantly, something that he was passionate about. I have to say, I really appreciate the fact he chose something that both readers and aspiring authors might be interested in. … Continue reading Guest post: Ed McDonald on Working with Editors
To finish this mini-series of interview with editors, I wanted to jump back in to the publishing houses, after speaking with Julie Crisp and John Jarrold - both are now independent, having worked for houses previously. Both are also big names in the industry. So I wanted someone on the inside, in the here and now, someone a … Continue reading Editor Editorial: Interview with Lindsey Hall