It was a delight to be asked to develop an online course for literary journal Kill Your Darlings on how to write long-form speculative fiction: sci-fi, the fantastical and the supernatural. I have written and published my own spec fic, and have also acquired, edited and published speculative works in my day job. I have always read, … Continue reading Online course: How to write your speculative fiction novel
Burned-out citizens have begun handing over their small-scale decisions to AI in the hope of making big decisions easier, in my new short story 'Micro', published in Kill Your Darlings' Speculative Fiction and Fantasy Showcase, alongside such excellent writers as Jane Rawson, J.R. Hennessy, Claire Corbett, and J.A. Haigh. I hope you enjoy it!
This was the most stressful year of my life! And... the most successful. I learnt so much – some hard lessons, but I learnt a lot about my own strength and capacity, too, which is a positive I'm sitting with at the end of the year. I went through a company restructure and took on … Continue reading What I read in 2018
I have a personal-literary essay, about a complex fantasy I experience when I'm deeply anxious, in the latest Island mag. This one was very hard to write – I had to tackle some unexpected feelings of shame – but I'm glad I pushed myself to go deep into it. The essay actually ties in fairly well with … Continue reading ‘Running Away’ in Island #153
'Anxiety is a state of being tuned... like a hypersensitive nervous system, and that manifests in all sorts of terrible ways... but it also makes you very aware of what's happening around you, which is a quality that writers and other artists benefit from.'
I feel so inadequate, really. It's not the number I would have liked, and honestly I think I bought more books than I read – so at least I am supporting the industry! But... I have a great excuse. I make books. In 2018, at this stage, 16 books I have acquired or co-acquired are … Continue reading Books I read in 2017
I'm excited, delighted, nervous... It's been quite a journey to get to this point. If you've been reading this blog for the last 10 years – well, you've been along for much of the ride (thank you). I hope you'll enjoy it when it comes out in 2018 (I believe around August). Here's the official … Continue reading My debut novel, A Superior Spectre, acquired by Peter Bishop Books