• Researching the Book

    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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    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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    Finding Fantasy In The Past

    by  • January 20, 2011 • Book News, Researching the Book, Writing • 9 Comments

    The Scar-Crow Men, the second of my Elizabethan fantasy novels, is out soon in the US and UK. It’s fantasy noir, renaissance punk, historical fantasy, sword and sorcery, historical urban fantasy or one of half a dozen other labels, depending on who’s speaking. Like some of my other work, the story exists at the...

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    The Age of Misrule/Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol Interface

    by  • September 21, 2009 • Research Material, Researching the Book, science • 2 Comments

    From Princeton University: “Beyond its revolutionary technological applications and scientific impact, the evidence of an active role of consciousness in the establishment of physical reality holds profound implications for our view of ourselves, our relationships to others, and to the cosmos in which we exist. These, in turn, must inevitably impact our values, our...

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    One Of My Favourite Places

    by  • June 6, 2009 • Researching the Book • 0 Comments

    Next month, Destroyer of Worlds, Book 3 of Kingdom of the Serpent is published in the UK, the final volume of my sprawling fantasy series which began with World’s End, Age of Misrule Book 1, nearly ten years ago. When the final edit was complete, it seemed only right that I return to the...

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    Lost Things # 1

    by  • November 2, 2007 • Researching the Book • 0 Comments

    This is the first in an occasional series of things that inspired me while creating a book. Any story is more than just a collection of words, and the pieces that go into the original making can be diverse and many – a fragment of conversation, a song heard on the radio late at...

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