Year: 2015

Thank you 2015…

Uh-huh…it’s that end of the year post. It’s in our nature to reflect and move forward, make a bucket of resolutions that we utterly fail to keep. I won’t be doing any of that. Instead a thank you to those people who have made this year work the way it has. There are a lot…


Story-Craft Success

November has been a manic month. All my attention and effort went into Story-Craft it has been a hugely rewarding project. I will not forget the pride the children had in their work and their glee at seeing their work out there in the wild on YouTube. Their sense of achievement radiated throughout the party…


Them there strong female characters again…

It won’t go away, will it? There are authors out there (Sophia McDougall, Juliet McKenna, Kate Elliott, Melanie Rawn, Robyn Hobb * to name a few) who do write more than the stereotype, they go beyond the usual kick-ass girlie wins every time tropes. But. Kick-ass sells. Strong, intellectual, reasonable, packed full of wisdom leading…


Interview with Julia Knight

I had the honour of interviewing the brilliant Julia Knight over on House on the Borderland about her fantasy novel Swords and Scoundrels published by Orbit. It is the first in the Duellist Trilogy.


Ten Miles East Of England: The Quest For The Lost Stories.

I forgot to tell you. I’ve been so busy sorting and preparing that I forgot completely.  I’ve been awarded a Special Commission at the Humber Mouth Literature Festival.   With Ten Miles East Of England: The Quest For The Lost Stories I’ll be connecting kids with words by using Minecraft. Over the next 3 weeks…