• Fantasy

    Why We Need Camelot

    by  • July 6, 2017 • Book News, Books, British Mythology, Fantasy, In the Grip of Rome, Mysteries, Mythology, Symbols and Archetypes • 0 Comments

    Arthurian lore is stitched deeply into my new book, Pendragon, published in just a few short days.  This is a story-telling tradition that may well go back one thousand five hundred years.  Perhaps even longer, if – as some think – Arthur was not a real, historical figure but based on a mythic hero...

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    New Worlds, No Maps

    by  • May 27, 2012 • Book News, Fantasy, Gods and Monsters, History, Projects, Researching the Book, Symbols and Archetypes • 0 Comments

    Stepping into that strange liminal space of thinking about a new book.  Exciting, certainly.  Scary too.  Strange connections are made as the universe, or the unconscious, recognises what you’re doing, pulling things out of the aether and thrusting them under your nose.  Images, music, places, people, dreams, serendipitous discoveries, all have a part to...

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    Fantasy Novels On TV

    by  • May 25, 2011 • Fantasy, TV • 0 Comments

    Following the TV success of Game of Thrones SF Signal”s Mind Meld has asked several fantasy authors – including me – what books would make an excellent weekly series. Some interesting responses…

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    Finding Fantasy In The Past – The People

    by  • February 13, 2011 • Book News, British Mythology, Fantasy, For Queen and Country, Researching the Book, Writing • 7 Comments

    There are ethical problems wrapped up in writing historical fiction. Should you use a real, once-living person as a character in your fiction? Their lives reduced to nothing more than plot points and themes? In essence, a human being’s existence shackled to the pursuit of the writer’s own ego? Would you want some future...

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    Finding Fantasy In the Past – The World

    by  • January 24, 2011 • Book News, British Mythology, Fantasy, For Queen and Country, Researching the Book, Writing • 0 Comments

    When I decided I was going to write an historical fantasy, the attractions of the Elizabethan era were many. It was, for one, a time very much like our own, when society was going through massive changes – a rapid increase in new technology changing the way people lived their lives, foreign wars over...

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