• 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 debut urban fantasy novel, Rogue Arcanist, next year. In that you can expect magic, murder, libraries, alien life, sword-fighting, tough choices and worse luck. I’m two parts excited to one part nervous, but while we’re waiting for that I thought…

  • 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 try again some seven years later. I studied Creative Writing for the obvious reason – I wanted to become a better writer – but also because I was being selfish. I wanted three years out of the “real” world to…

  • 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 so many demands on our time that I guess, looking back, the decision was a kind of stubborn refusal to give in to that and relegate one of my driving passions. Plus, I was starting to feel somewhat fraudulent by…