Sunday, 19 February 2017

February

After finishing the first draft of my current book about a month ago and knowing the publication of Hometown outside the UK was just ahead, I couldn't really get stuck into anything else on a larger scale (I work best when it's one main piece at a time and then go to other stuff between drafts) which was a bit annoying. Now Hometown is out everywhere and whether it sinks or swims isn't really up to me anymore, I've been free over the last few weeks to look at other work. So since the middle of January, it's been pretty full on and all the more fun for it.

I've written two short stories (current titles Somewhere In The Millions Of Bodies, and An Introduction To The Gods Of Our Imagination), and will sub them to publishers hopefully this week. Of course, I may still be subbing them a year from now, but that's the fun of being a writer especially one without an agent.

I've also gone back to an older book that was originally published about four years ago and has been unavailable since the publisher folded. I think I said at least eighteen months ago I planned on self-publishing it mainly because it's extremely hard to find publishers who take reprints, and while that may still be the case, I haven't rushed rewriting and editing it into an improved version and I won't rush into a decision on what's best for the book publication-wise. Once I've got feedback on it from a couple of writer friends, I'll be in a better position to decide. In any case, it's been interesting reading a fantasy while 99% of my current stuff is horror. As it's me, it's not a nice fantasy, but what the hell? I stick to what I'm good at.

Along with making a few notes for whatever comes next, I've read through my shitty first draft and yes, it is shit. As I've said several times, mine always are, but this is particularly shit. After working out the key issues, I'm now able to focus on the fixes, then plan a new outline for the second draft. Starting from scratch isn't my idea of fun, but needs must. The book (again with the current title - Flesh And Blood) has a lot of potential; it's only fair to see that potential through and not stick with a crappy tale.

So, that's February almost done. Next month, I have a shave. Exciting times ahead.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Ascent - available for pre-order

It turns out my next book, Ascent, is available for pre-order four months before it's out which is rather jolly. Plus, if you order it direct from Crowded Quarantine, you'll get it early. A result all round.

Pre-order link for Ascent

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Hometown available now

Today's the day - Hometown is published outside the UK. It's been six months since the original publication so it's been a bit of a wait to see it on a larger scale. Anyway, now we're here so buy a copy and let me know what you think. You could even go mad and buy Die Laughing which probably won't make you laugh.

US link

Canadian link

Monday, 30 January 2017

Want to get inside my head?

Sure you do. Head over here for an interview that involved some pretty probing questions. I quite enjoyed this one as you might be able to tell.

Anyway, Hometown out on Wednesday in the US, Canada and everywhere, really. If you can help me out with an honest review on Amazon or GoodReads, that would be dandy.

Hope you like the interview and the book.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Hometown - a sample

The Canadian author and poet Kevin Craig has kindly let me post the opening to Hometown on his site prior to its North American publication on 1st February. There'll be an interview to follow at some point soon. You can have a read this way - Link

Hope you like.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Ascent - book cover

Well, I didn't expect to see this for a few months yet, but here it is: the cover for my next book Ascent.

It's published in June so a little while to go yet. In the meantime, here's the cover. Nice, eh?


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Hometown - North American publication

So, it's about two weeks before the North American release of Hometown. Feels odd to be saying that six months after the British publication (six months that feels no longer than six weeks, to be honest). It's available for pre-order so feel free to fill your boots and get it as soon as it's released.

US release of Hometown

Canadian release of Hometown

It's also on GoodReads so add it to your lists over there. I'll be posting a few more pieces about the book during the next few weeks including a sample of the opening. Which is nice. Well, I say nice. It's not nice at all but what did you expect? It's a horror story.

With the odd nice bit thrown in. Maybe.