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My current blog tour continues continues!

MK French over at Girl Who Reads published an excerpt and a nice review here.

Today, Doreen at the Frumious Consortium published a lovely interview where she invents the term ‘HighDark’, which I’m keeping.

Rhiannon Mills over at Rhiannon Writes posted a review here, and thought the book was ‘incredible’.

And Paul Semel conducts quite an in-depth interview on his blog here.

Only two more stops on the blog over the rest of the week, so stay tuned folks!

Hello all, and welcome to part two of my publicity roundup (because I know you don’t want to miss a thing!).

The blog tour continues with an article at Bibliosanctum and a few words from me about worldbuilding.

And Literary Wisdom have an excerpt from A Demon in Silver featuring a bit of background.

The guys at Skiffy & Fanty asked me what My Superpower would be.

Drew at the Tattooed Book Geek was over the moon that his quote for the Steelhaven series appeared on the back cover of A Demon in Silver.

Doreen Sheridan over at the Frumious Consortium, who are hosting a blog on the 20th June, thought A Demon in Silver was “a thrilling, twisty trip through a brutal fantasy land,” and she was, “definitely on board to see where Mr Ford goes with this series next.” Full review here.

LynnDee Wathen at Booklist Online thought “the multitude of characters readers are introduced to—most of them unsavory—are worth investing in”. Full review here.

And finally if, like me, you’re not a huge fan of cat pictures on the internet then there may be something to change your mind. Dr. Liz Bourke (@hawkwing_lb on twitter) kindly posted this snap of her cat, lounging around with a good book (I’m assured that no animals were harmed in the taking of this photo).

Book, cat, and rainbow bunting.

There’s been a flurry of online activity after yesterday’s release of A Demon in Silver, and here’s what some lovely people had to say about it:

Ruth Wilson at the Bookbag gave me a glowing 5* review, saying, “This is going to be a fantastic series and I cannot wait for The Hangman’s Gate to be released”. Full review here.

Nicole Evans at Erlebnisse also seemed full of praise, saying, “A Demon in Silver was a joy to read and a book I easily consumed in large chunks, thanks mainly to the complex cast of characters and the evocative way it was detailed.” Full review here.

The second day of my blog tour continues with an exclusive excerpt available from here.

Matt Staggs at Unbound Worlds interviews me here.

And finally, freshly spawned today, is the latest blog post at Beauty in Ruins, where you can read some handy (or not) writing advice from me here.




Interview Roundup

Posted: May 15, 2013 in Interview

As Herald of the Storm continues to fly off the shelves (you’ve bought yours already, haven’t you? If not WHY NOT?) I’ve recently been in demand on the interview circuit – well who wouldn’t want to know all about ME!

Firstly, Stephen Jewell asks me about my influences, including the pub, over at the SFX website. Then Doug Smith, who gave me a very nice review over at Fantasy Faction, does his very first interview over at Wilder’s Book Review. And finally, Stefan Fergus uses some very natty graphics over at Civilian Reader.

So if you’re just dying to know more about me – and let’s face it, who isn’t? – then you’ve never had a better opportunity.

The Next Big Thing

Posted: November 26, 2012 in Interview, News

So, some of you might have heard about the NEXT BIG THING author chain thang that’s going around. Andy Remic was kind enough to tag me so here goes:

1) What is the working title of your next book?

My next novel is provisionally titled ‘Steelhaven’, which is the name of the city in which the action takes place. We do have a real title for it, but since that’s not yet been released (it’s coming soon – very soon) I can’t say what it is.

2) Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’d wanted to write a chunky epic fantasy in the Game of the Thrones style for a while, though Steelhaven is probably more influenced by the kind of episodic TV series you find on HBO. I originally pitched it as David Gemmell’s Legend meets The Wire.

3) What genre does your book fall under?

I guess it’s firmly within the epic fantasy camp, but perhaps with a bit of heroic grittiness thrown in. My protagonists certainly aren’t averse to a spot of profanity.

4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

Ooh, always a tough one, and I’ve got over half a dozen major players so I won’t go through them all. There’s a statuesque warrior priestess in there who’s influenced a bit by Charlize Theron and a bumbling wizard’s apprentice who I always see as young Brit actor Craig Roberts. For the rest you’ll just have to wait for the movie to be made!

5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Stealing copy directly from the cover: ‘Welcome to Steelhaven… watch your back!’

6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Steelhaven, the first of three books, will be published by Headline in hardback on 24th April 2013. My agent is the legendary John Jarrold.

7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

*checks dates on files* I wrote the first ten chapters between October 2010 and March 2011, then didn’t really do anything else with it until I received a pre-emptive deal for the trilogy in December 2011. I finished the first draft of the manuscript in June 2012. Between then and now it’s been through several edits, test reads and rewrites and is just about ready for typesetting. As you can see, that’s a bloody long time!

8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I’ve already mentioned George Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, which is pretty much the current benchmark for epic fantasy, and David Gemmell, who I’m a big fan of. I’m also massively influenced by Joe Abercrombie with his realistic characters and dark humour, and Andy Remic with his uncompromising approach to character, plot and dialogue.

9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?

As I mentioned, I’m as much inspired by TV and other media as I am by other novelists. I’ve always wanted to be a novelist, but my early influences were the comic 2000AD, with writer like Pat Mills and John Wagner, and the 80s adventure gamebooks of Joe Dever and Ian Livingstone. Over the years I’ve become a fan of all kinds of stories in all kids of media, and this series of novels is in some way inspired by all of them.

10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

How about I steal some more blurb straight off the back cover: ‘An unbalanced veteran, a disillusioned assassin, a hapless apprentice, a drunken swindler, a desperate thief… in times of crisis, you don’t get to choose your heroes.’
So there you go, that’s me up to date! Apparently I’ve now got to tag some other authors, so let’s see… how about Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Gav Thorpe, Guy Haley and Marc Aplin. Whether any of them will be bothered or not is a different story but it’s now out of my hands!!



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!