• Interviews,  On Writing

    Author Interview: R J Theodore

    So last November I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of R J Theodore’s fantastical steampunk first contact novel Flotsam, which is due to be published next week (27th March) by Parvus Press. You can read my review of the novel here. And below you can read an interview with the author… R J THEODORE is hellbent on keeping herself busy. Seriously…

  • Fiction,  On Writing

    A free Nick Teller short story

    “Twelve years before the events of Rogue Arcanist, Nick Teller is just a fifteen year old kid. Except that he’s a fifteen year old kid who’s also an arcanist, and he’s been sent into London to hunt something not from this world. Things can’t get any worse. Oh, wait… yes they can.” You’ve probably heard me banging on about releasing my…

  • On Writing

    Story Foundations

    Just over a year ago I graduated from university as a mature student. I’d tried higher education when I was fresh from college, but it just didn’t work for me. I wasn’t ready for it at the time, and if I’m honest I wasn’t committed enough. But that worked out for the best because it gave me the opportunity to…

  • On Writing

    Originality in Fantasy

    There’s a stigma attached to fantasy fiction that the vast majority of it is derivative, whether of Tolkien or Howard, or Erikson or Cook. There are many “parents” of the fantasy genre, and new storytellers coming to the watering hole might despair of ever treading new ground. Has everything already been done? Is subverting the tropes of the genre all…

  • Fandom,  On Writing

    Read, Edit, Repeat

    Having less time to read is an unfortunate consequence of writing. It’s easy to prioritise getting your own words down on the page over reading the work of others, but over the past year and a half I’ve ruthlessly carved out more time for reading. Even though I knew my writing time would suffer as a result, modern life throws…