A love of location

Location and landscape are some of my favourite parts of a book. I don’t just mean pretty descriptions and lovely nature writing. The best locations are the bedrock of the story. They reflect the theme and have a key role to play in the story. Very often they’re as memorable as the characters themselves. The […]

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Cymera Festival 2022

The brilliant Cymera Festival is running from June 3rd-5th in Edinburgh, and also online. Scotland’s own book festival dedicated to science fiction, fantasy and horror has gone from strength to strength since its inception a few years ago, and I’m massively delighted this year to be taking part in the programme. June 4th / Cymera […]

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Queen Of Clouds – Published Today!

Queen of Clouds is officially published today. I can’t tell you how that feels. Honestly, there’s nothing like the pleasure of seeing That Book What You Wrote actually existing in the world as a thing of paper and ink (and pixels). It never, ever, gets old. I’m massively indebted to Ian Whates and NewCon Press […]

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Conventionitis

Over the next few months, I’m going to be taking part in a few events. (Did I mention I have a new book out? It’s called Queen of Clouds.) Some of them are in-person, some online, but they’re all going to be great. I’ve attended online events over the last two years, and they’ve worked […]

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Queen Of Clouds Events

Time is ticking down rather quickly to the real, actual release of Queen Of Clouds, and I’m excited to announce that there are going to be a couple of launch events to help usher this little beauty into the world. April 7th / Waterstones, Sauchiehall St., Glasgow / 7pm I’ll be interviewed by the wonderful […]

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I wish it would rain

Queen of Clouds is inching closer and closer to becoming an actual thing out in the actual world. In the last few days I’ve seen the finalized cover, received the signing sheets for the limited edition hardback, seen a couple of early reviews, and started finalising the details of launch events. It’s all really exciting, […]

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Introducing : Queen of Clouds

My new fantasy novel, Queen of Clouds, is available to pre-order and, all being well, will be launched at Eastercon 2022 in London. It’s been a long journey to get to this point because, well, publishing can be a slow business, but I’m utterly thrilled that the time to share this book with the world […]

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ParSec Magazine

Good news for fans of science fiction and fantasy comes with the announcement of a new fiction magazine, ParSec. A powerhouse combination of the energies and talents of two of our most esteemed indie publishers, ParSec will be published by Pete Crowther’s PS Publishing and edited by NewCon’s Ian Whates and the magazine, which will […]

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New Black Static

The new issue of Black Static – a double issue no less – goes to the printers this week and will be in our hands before we can say ‘scary stories’. I’ve loved this magazine since issue 1 (and it’s predecessor, The Third Alternative) and the debt I owe to editor, Andy Cox for publishing […]

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Queen of Clouds

I’m utterly thrilled to announce that NewCon Press are going to be publishing my new novel, Queen of Clouds. For those of you that remember The Moon King, Queen of Clouds is set in the same world several hundred years earlier and tells the story of how that strange, flooded world came to be. So, […]

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