The Chicken House competition is creeping ever closer to its end, and they have been posting profiles of the five shortlistees. Mine can be found here. Not long now until the result, one way or another!
Also of note, there’s another excerpt up here, this one from my adult fantasy novel, Stormspinner. It’s set in a city carved from giant trees, stuffed full of totems, shaman, sacrifice and more – not to mention the monsters that stalk the forest around it in the ever present rain. It’s a blend of epic and urban fantasy, with a dash of noir and a pinch of western.
Finally, while editing Bridged, I’ve begun working on the drafts of two new novels – one YA and one for a younger audience. The Pillars Of Being is the story of a young man thrust into investigating the murder of his mentor, while attempting to hold together the trade caravan he lives in as it rushes to cross a great floodplain before the waters come again.
Plaguewalkers on the other hand is a Children’s horror fantasy. The canal city of Morbetzia is stricken with a glowing cloud of magical disease that swells up stronger each night. Its only hope is those immune to the plague, pressed into service of the city’s corrupt nobility. A young thief must find a way to survive his new life – especially the things that stalk the streets at night under cover of plague.
(Not at all final cover)
So, there’s been a few updates around here – not least of which is that link above to Books. Everything else can be found from there, including pitches and longer descriptions of my various works, as well as my amateur attempts at temporary covers for them, some of which can be seen in this post.
People may be particularly interested in reading an excerpt from my epic fantasy Spellforged, which can be found here. It’s the first chapter, so hopefully it’ll be just the thing to whet your appetite for a world of sentient stars, songs that can bend wind and flame, and of course the Infinite Sea from which the book series takes its name.
Most importantly though, I’ve finished my first draft of Bridged, the sequel to Scaled which was a runner up for the Bloomsbury/National Literacy Trust New Children’s Author Prize 2015. Now the arduous process of editing begins, which is bad, but also I get to start working on something new, which is great! I may or may not put down some details here soon about whatever I settle on.
This was the trigger for making this little site – it seemed time. For the moment this’ll be seen by basically no one. Maybe in future that’ll change.
Live in hope, eh?
Now to the horrible process of waiting for the hammer of decision to come down one way or another. June can’t come soon enough!