This was so awesome! Walked into Keele University’s Blackwell’s yesterday and released squeals of writerly joy. A WHOLE shelf given over to the four Flame Tree books I have short stories in, along with a lovely little note underneath. They’re sat up there with the likes of ‘The Complete Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe’, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘The Complete Cthulhu Mythos Tales’. Although I’ve always known they were ‘out there’ this is the first time I’ve ever personally seen them in the wild (before now I’ve just seen other people’s photos from far and yonder, which, while wonderful, don’t quite compare to seeing the real thing yourself), so this has been a major highlight of the week. Big thanks to Cathrene Rowell who, I’m sure, played a pretty big role in bringing this about. Continue reading “Spotted in the Wild”
This has been a month for contributor copies! Three different selections arrived in the post. There’s nothing quite like that feeling when you rip open a parcel to find your words in print under such beautiful cover art. The words ‘My Precious…’ come to mind.
Anyway, here they are. First, and most recent, are my copies of Robots & Artificial Intelligence Short Stories, another in Flame Tree’s growing Gothic Fantasy series. This book contains the revised version of my short SF-romance story, GOD is in the Rain (which first appeared in A Bleak New World by Raven International Publishing). I’m thrilled to be a part of this collection, appearing alongside such esteemed company as: Continue reading “September 2018”
Yesterday, the Vale Royal Writers’ Group had a stall at the Nantwich Writers’ Fair. I was there to help man it along with fellow writers, David Varley and Debbie Bennett (author of ‘Hamelin’s Child’). David made everyone laugh with his awesome poetry about mosquitoes, we talked to several new writers, and even sold a few books. Continue reading “Nantwich Writers’ Fair”
Are you a fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series? Ever wish you could follow in the steps of Claire and Jamie? Well, maybe you can!
The article I wrote about my DIY Outlander Tour around Scotland has been published as a feature on Just About Travel, and it depicts some of the primary filming locations from Seasons 1-3 and how best to access them. From Lallybroch and Castle Leoch, to the wedding venue and the Gardens of Versailles. Read all about it here.
Big piece of news this month!
Now the forms have been sorted and final edits signed off on, I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that my story, ‘Mystery of the Disappearing Decorations’ (renamed by the editors ‘Solved’), will be appearing in Chicken Soup for the Soul’s ‘The Wonder of Christmas’ later this year. It’s my first pro-pay non-fiction sale! ☺ And becoming a CSS writer has been on the hit list for while so I’m pretty psyched about that.
Three pieces of news this month:
Firstly, my contributor copy of Beyond Steampunk arrived in the post! My story, Call of the Kinguyakkii, appears in this little treasure. Along with a whole cadre of tales by the likes of Alex Shvartsman, Joseph Cadotte, Kelly A. Harmon, Stewart Baker, Anne E. Johnson, Patrick Baker, Caitlin Marceau, David Hoenig and more. Old Sins have done a wonderful job, it’s a beautiful book.
First Short Story Acceptance of the year! (And it’s pro-pay!)
My story, GOD is in the Rain, is going to appear in one of Flame Tree Publishing’s new anthologies, Robots & AI! I’m absolutely thrilled! 😀 The story is about a form of nanotechnology that runs rampant across the world, rewriting personalities, and it previously appeared in a Bleak New World by Raven International Publishing. The cover art Flame Tree has designed is absolutely gorgeous, as usual.
I’ve only been writing for a few years so I’m not as prolific as many, that being said, despite a few bumps, this has been my most successful writing year so far! I’ve also read some fantastic fiction published by friends that has blown me away. All the best for 2018, everyone!
Huzzah! My contributor copies of Pirates & Ghosts arrived, which contain my salty sea yarn ‘Echo the Damned’. I’m honoured to be sharing the pages with such fabulous writer folks as: Erica Barnes, Adrian Chamberlin, Jennifer R. Povey, and Jeremy TeGrotenhuis, as well as old literary masters like: Arthur Conan Doyle, Homer, Rudyard Kipling, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Louis Stevenson (of course) and H.G. Wells. Thanks to Flame Tree Publishing for including my tale in yet another awesome book in their bestselling Gothic Fantasy series.
A short story has also been accepted by Old Sins for their Beyond Steampunk anthology, and a poem has been accepted by FrostFire Worlds. It’s due to appear in the August issue.
Slow inhale… I love the smell of contributor copies in the morning. These landed on the doorstep. Dark Luminous Wings contains my historical(ish) horror, ‘The Devil You Know’, as well as stories by an array of fantastic writers, including: Brian Trent, Gregory L. Norris, Claire Davon, Steven R. Southard, Jason J. McCuiston, Rebecca Gomez Farrell, Trisha J. Wooldridge, T.j. Perkins and more. Thanks to Kelly A. Harmon & Vonnie Winslow Crist for editing such a gorgeous anthology. Thrilled to be a part of it!
Gregory Norris has also kindly produced a blog post in which the contributing authors talk about what inspired each tale.