Wednesday, 12 March 2014

The Eye of the Storm

It’s been almost a month since I had time to post here. This is largely due to me appearing at other sites talking up the new book. Many thanks to The Eloquent Page, Book Plank, Civilian Reader, Reader Dad and Geek Native for hosting interviews and extracts. My blog tour will cover Falcata Times, SFF World, Alasdair Stuart, Gav Reads, Utter Biblio and Jolly Good Show where I discuss different elements of the novel. There’s a piece relating to the environment of The Boy with the Porcelain Blade over at Sci Fi Now HEREI also wrote a piece on optimism, Star Wars, and writing Fantasy for SFX Magazine HERE.

And there are events. I was at Blackwell on 10th March with the excellent Jen Williams, author of The Copper Promise. Questions were supplied by the ever-enthusiastic Jared from Pornokitsch (who was a good deal less nervous than yours truly). Thanks to all who came. 

Next up is a signing at Forbidden Planet in Southampton on the 22nd March, followed by an appearance at Writers’ Café on the 24th March. Keen to be seen as a thoroughly international author, I will be venturing to distant Scotland for Eastercon. I hope to see some of you there. I’ll be sure to update my Appearances page, so please check it out if you’re keen to get a book signed.

Needless to say this is the eye of the storm. Progress on book two (rejoicing under the working title, Blood) has slowed but is edging onward. I’m keen to have this in the bag and back to the publisher by end of April. We’re up to the fifth draft now and the heavy lifting is far from over. I feel like I’ve learned a lot from book two, if only because the narrative is so much more linear than book one.

Those of you who enjoy collecting books will be interested to know I’ve signed first edition hardbacks for Anderida Books, Analecta Books and Goldsboro Books will also have copies.

And now I have to get back to work...

Post script – Goldsboro books are running a competition on Twitter to win a signed and dedicated first edition. Check them out on @GoldsboroBooks

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