Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Clash of the Titan!

Posted: December 22, 2015 in Books, News

It’s been a long time coming, but yes, I have finally scored a new book deal with Titan Books. Full details are here. Obviously I am well stoked about this and can’t wait to get to work. The guys at Titan were great and the series couldn’t be in better hands. Also, props to my agent John Jarrold for making this happen. He really is da man!

In other news, my Steelhaven short story, The Halfwyrd’s Burden, has been produced as an audioshort (if that’s even a thing) on the Far Fetched Fables site here. Have a listen… IT’S FREE!!


World domination begins…

Posted: September 12, 2013 in Books, News

Lovely news in the form of not one, not two, but three new translation rights deals this week. In addition to the Spanish deal already sealed, Herald of the Storm will soon be available in French, Bulgarian and Italian. Full details are on my agent John Jarrold’s website here. So it’s Nasdrave, Santé and Salute from me!


Posted: August 7, 2013 in Books

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, there’s a trailer for the mass market paperback release of Herald of the Storm available on YouTube right here. Thanks to Mark Smith, otherwise known as Pilgrim Angry, for the music, and those clever chaps at Headline for putting it together for me.

The shape of things to come…

Posted: December 17, 2012 in Books, Covers, News

Last week Fantasy Faction listed their Top 10 Anticipated Fantasy Books for 2013 and, though I didn’t make the top 10 I did get an honourable mention alongside the legendary Robin Hobb! Some of you with a keen eye may also notice they’ve revealed the cover… and the title… which has been a closely guarded secret for, ooh, about three days!

For those of you who’d like a bit more, here’s the spread for the hardcover, complete with snappy blurb (which I didn’t write). Clicky for a bigger version:


Advanced reader copies are impending, so I may well have one in my grubby paws very soon. You, however, will have to wait until April. Unless of course you’re very nice to me, or offer hard cash, in which case I’ll see what I can do!

Edit: They’ve also done a Most Anticipated from April-June 2013 list over at A Fantastical Librarian. Guess who’s on it!

Short stories and stuff

Posted: August 8, 2012 in Books, Events, News

So, because my editor John Wordsworth very selfishly went and became a father recently, editorial notes for Steelhaven 1 are still just a pipe-dream. As soon as I have those, work can begin apace on draft 2, then I can send the MS off to beta readers, when I’m sure it will be picked apart and rigorously dissected to the point where I’ll want to weep. In the meantime I’m working on the chapter plan for book 2, which at the moment consists of copious notes on Excel.

Excel?‘ I hear you cry. ‘But that’s for spreadsheets and numbers and other kinds of doodlefrippery.’ And you’d be right of course, but with seven different POV characters, each with eight or nine chapters that weave and interlink, I’ve found plotting their individual arcs in Excel makes it much easier when I have to breakdown the chapter plan later on.

I’ve also recently finished The Lord of Crows, which is a prequel short for Steelhaven and will be featured in the forthcoming Fantasy Faction Anthology. This is more or less there, and I just need the okay from John (if he’s not catching up on sleep/bottle feeding/sifting through baby poo) before I whack it off to the guys at Fantasy Faction.

Oh, and on the 17th of this month I will be attending the FANTASY FACTION NIGHT at Blackwells in London, where I will be attempting to not seem too star struck in the presence of copious writers who I admire greatly. So if you’re there feel free to say hi and ask me anything you like about my forthcoming novel – to which the answer will inevitably be, ‘sorry, if I tell you that my editor will wet-willy me right in the ear.’

See you there!!

Almost There

Posted: June 1, 2012 in Books

Today I finished work on the ‘initial’ draft of HotS, book 1 in the Steelhaven Trilogy. I say ‘initial’ draft, because there’s still a lot of work to do before it will be in a decent ‘first’ draft state. From here I’ll be going through each of the character’s chapters to try and streamline the prose and give them a single ‘voice’. Then I’ll go through the entire novel in order to make sure it flows, firm up and add detail to the background and references, and generally wipe up any mess.

Then it’ll be off to my agent, who will cast his experienced eye over it before forwarding to my editor.

For now though, I think I just need a kip! Na night!


Posted: December 28, 2011 in Books, Interview, News

Graeme Flory over at Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review, as well as giving me an ace review here, has now posted a brief interview here, in which you’ll get to learn intimate details about yours truly, such as where my influences for Blaklok came from, and what it was that once made me ill out of both ends at the same time!