Category : World Building

Written on Nov, 08, 2014 by in , , | 3 Comments.

Hello everyone. My 2nd Necromancer tour is over and during it I did a few guest posts. Here they are, in case any take your fancy. And, by the way, thank you all for your support of Necromancer – it continues to sell well daily. What was I thinking? – My experiences writing my romantic adventure serial. What would our current world …

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Recently, I was thrilled to answer some questions posed by a great writer friend of mine, Heather Day Gilbert. Among other projects, she is trying to find a publisher for her fantastic-sounding Viking novel. I can’t wait to read it. In this interview, we talk about writing YA, world building and Indie publishing. It was a lot of fun. Thanks, …

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Written on Sep, 03, 2012 by in , | 1 Comment.

Hello all, Today I’m guest posting over on fellow writer Lisa Orchard’s blog, where she has kindly allowed me to talk about the inspiration behind Ocean of Dust, my debut YA fantasy that I hope to publish end of September. Just a short while ago, she guest posted here about her Writing Journey. Go read it if you missed it, and …

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Written on Apr, 22, 2012 by in | 10 Comments.

My work-in-progress is a dark fantasy featuring a splattering of undead. (“splattering” seemed an appropriate grouping). I’m not writing a paranormal or urban fantasy, so I shall be avoiding the usual suspects: vampires, werewolves, and zombies. I have nothing against them, and I’m a bit of a zombie fan, but I want to bring some of the rarer creatures of …

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Written on Mar, 04, 2012 by in , | Leave a comment

Sometimes you read a book where the setting is so rich, so beautifully described and original that you feel right there beside the characters. I believe that the setting can be as compelling as the characters, particularly in a series. You know, that feeling when you itch to read the next book as much for the world setting as for …

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Written on Dec, 29, 2011 by in | Leave a comment

A picture paints a thousand words. Isn’t it fun when a work of fiction includes cool appendices with extras? It’s like checking out the Special Features on a movie DVD. Have you considered adding extras to your novel?   Whether they see print is up to the publisher of course, since they add extra pages and cost. In the case …

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Written on Dec, 14, 2011 by in | Leave a comment

In 1961, Frank Drake, one of the founders of the SETI Institute (Search for Extra Terrestrial Life) came up with his famous equation representing the number of intelligent alien civilisations in our galaxy. Since there are so many variables, whose values we can only guess at, it’s no surprise that everyone comes up with a different result. In the course …

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Written on Sep, 15, 2011 by in | Leave a comment

http://lightyears.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/15/tatooine-gives-first-direct-proof-of-2-sun-planet/ Using data from NASA’s Kepler orbiting telescope, scientists have just seen the first direct evidence of a planet orbiting a binary star system, which they are dubbing Tatooine after the classic desert planet in Star Wars. This is a fascinating new development in our continual charting of extrasolar planets, of which several hundred have been found to date. This is …

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