I received my contributor copy of the latest issue of New Writing Scotland the other day, containing my story ‘Mercury’. This was a more experimental piece, exploring time, landscape and permanence, loosely organised around my impressionistic ideas of the atomic bomb test sites in New Mexico, and the nuclear missile tests in Nevada, USA.
I haven’t been devoting as much time to my own/non-genre or tie-in fiction recently, so it was good to see some of my more personal work in print. I’m slowly working on a literary/fantasy hybrid novel at the moment, and I’ve got a couple of short stories planned, which I must get back to when I have the time.
Copies of NWS 38 can be bought from Bookshop.org here:
Black Library had a preview event yesterday, teasing some of the books they’re going to be releasing in 2021, and amongst them was my second novel, The End of Enlightenment:
This is going to be an epic clash between the aelves of the Lumineth Realm-lords, and the dread legions of the Ossiarch Bonereapers. I’m not sure exactly when it’s going to be released, but hopefully it should be round about the spring.
The first review for Blood of the Everchosen came from Michael at the excellent Track of Words site. I was delighted with this, it’s still a strange experience to think that people are reading your words and actually enjoying them!
Now that my first novel is out with Black Library, I thought I would fire up the old WordPress blog, which I haven’t used for about four or five years! I’ve helpfully deleted absolutely everything that was on it before so I could start with a blank slate, and I’ve trimmed it down with links to currently published work, both for Black Library and for my own stuff. I’ll keep this site updated with news, but I’m not going to use it as a regular blog the way I did before – that feeling of compulsion to constantly update it can make the whole thing just feel like another piece of work you have to do, and I’d like to avoid that if possible. So, it’s all fairly bare bones at the moment, but hopefully that should change over the next few months!