Hello and welcome back to The Rebel Author Podcast, I’m thrilled to host the lovely H.B Lyne today as we talk all about how to world build covering both fantasy and non-fantasy settings. But first… [Read more…] about 005 – How to World Build for Fiction Authors
Once you’ve written a book, it’s easy to assume you can do it again. Surely you just sit your ass down, pound out some words, and hey presto, another shiny book-baby.
Not so much people, not so much.
I’ve written more than one book, but Victor was my second fiction book. That seemed to make a difference. [Read more…] about Victor Launch Day – Plus a dose of Second Book Syndrome
I made a challenge this year to read a book a week and by the skin of my teeth, I made it (although at the time of writing this I still had a couple more to go) so there’s the optimistic me hoping I squeeze the last two in, other wise this is going to be super awkward!
Anyhoozle, of my 52 books, I wanted a quarter to be indie published, and a quarter to be non-fiction, because 1. supporting other authors, and 2. I’m a knowledge whore.
I’ve been surprised and delighted by looking back at my reading list, some of the stats have shocked me. [Read more…] about 10 Best Books of 2017 and 10 YA Books to Look Out For in 2018
I re-wrote Keepers three times… from scratch. I won’t be doing that again. It breached all acceptable tolerance levels of inefficiency. So much so, I developed a permanent twitch, and I’m pretty sure I herniated the moment I realized I had to start again… for the third time.
Part of the problem was the world building. See, writing in most genres, you use the real world as the world your story is set in. But as a fantasy/sci-fi writer, your world could be populated by angry hooman eating marshmallows. The sky could be on the ground and the ground in the sky. Suffice to say we get to push our sleeves up and play book-god. But playing book-god is hard. There’s a lot of shit to create.
You can’t just pluck a sword made of magical fish fins, that’s about to reign down a plague and cause world ending genocide, out of thin air. There’s got to be a reason, context, and history. Why? Because it has to mean something to the reader. I mean psssht, magical fish fins indeed. How do they even work?
The problem is, unless your George R.R or Tolkien, you only have three hundred or so pages to convey your entire world and all its constructs. Not an easy task.
So how in the glistering fudgemuggins do you do it?
Well, dear reader, I’m glad you asked. Here are my 4 top tips for building a fantasy world. [Read more…] about 4 Top Tips To Build A Fantasy World #MondayBlogs #Amwriting
I’ve been talking about Keepers, the first book in my YA fantasy series forever, and finally it’s coming to the rainforest bookstore in just a few weeks.
November 17th heralds my first fiction release and I couldn’t be more excited.
As part of the launch, I decided to run a giveaway competition to win… [Read more…] about #Win Signed Paperbacks – YA Fantasy
This has been possibly, the longest coming post I’ve ever written. For months now, I’ve sat on this cover. Desperate to share it but unable to because the publishing light at the end of the tunnel wasn’t in sight.
But today, all that changes because I am tentatively announcing a launch window of November 16-18th 2017. *Gulp, chews nail, sweats a lil’ bit*
There’s a significant amount of work to be done, not least of which is continuing to dictate the sequel book so its launch isn’t too far behind Keepers. [Read more…] about *COVER REVEAL* Keepers #1 in The Eden East Novels #MondayBlogs