Want to come along, hear a few readings, get some nibblies and have some craic? I’ll be in Carrickfergus library at 2.30 on July 29th, launching my new book, Waters and the Wild. Kelly Creighton, author of The Bones of It, will be joining me to say a few words of introduction. It would be lovely to see people there!
Waters and the Wild, my first fantasy, Continue reading
Things I have going on:
Starting 9 January, I’ll be taking a course in writing speculative fiction at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast. Lasting 13 weeks I’ll be exploring the genre, critiquing and looking at the business end of things.
28 January – I’ll be delivering an afternoon at the Thinking Cup Cafe, Belfast, on using coaching to support writing development.
8 March – I’ll be doing all sorts of events for International women’s day. Watch my twitter feed for more info @joz1812.
The world of writing constantly changes. Up until now I’ve sold online exclusively through the Amazon Kindle outlet. That’s changed this week (for various reasons I’ll not bore about, but I’d like to see more competition in the book world and worry where the Amazon dominance will eventually take authors entirely reliant on them).
So, now, Inish Carraig can be picked up at the following links:
As well as on Page Foundary, Scribd and Tolino.
At the moment, as well as all the above, I’m busy with final edits of Waters and the Wild, coming out next year with Inspired Quill, and really pleased with how the final version is shaping up, and I’ve just started something new, kindly funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through the National Lottery. It’s only a baby, but it feels good.
After that – drumroll, please – I’m going to get started on a sequel to Inish Carraig. I’m excited, partly because – in a Blues Brothers like fashion – I’m putting the band back together (in this case the editorial team of Jeff Richards and Sam Primeau)
I have a busy few weeks coming up and a lot of events.
Next weekend I’ll be at Titancon at the Wellington Park Hotel.
On Friday 30th September, I’ll be reading at their literature night (a fun little short called Ain’t No Ghosts, unless I change my mind again).
On Saturday 1st October, I’m on panels talking about subjects as diverse as writing the fae in the modern world, dystopia and wimmin’s business. Oh, and having a crack at 8 out of 10 Cats does Countdown. Plus wearing a beard.
Then, on Sunday 16th October I’ll be heading down to Octocon in Dublin. Programme details etc to follow.
After that, it’s launch party madness. Abendau’s Legacy is out on 24th October (and you can pre-order a copy here and save a quid: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Abendaus-Legacy-Inheritance-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B01L02RB0S)
We’ll be having a Facebook launch – follow me on @joz1812 on Twitter for more updates, or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theinheritancetrilogy/
I’m also getting out to actually meet people, at which there will be fizzy wine! The launch is on 3rd November at Easons Donegall Place, Belfast, during the late night shopping. Pop along, say hi and grab some Xmas pressies while you’re at it.
Also coming up (because, you know, I have so little to do) are the audio versions of Inish Carraig and Sunset Over Abendau, both in production, and a short story in a new anthology, Space, from Tickety Boo Press. Also, I hope, a new collection of short stories and a novella being released in the spring.
Phew. I’m tired just typing that! Come along, if you can.
‘Kare’s a different man than when he last faced his mother. He knows what she is capable of if she regains her galactic Empire. Planets will be destroyed for their rebellion. She will hunt and destroy him and everyone he loves.
He learned from when she hurt him, hoping to break him. He returns to Abendau, the city he hates, to confront her for the final time, and decide Abendau’s destiny.’
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Workshop delivery – Ballyeamon barn, 18 September 2016, talking all things speculative.
Titancon – http://www.titancon.com/2016/index.php
Octocon – http://2016.octocon.com/
Well, March has been and gone, and Sunset Over Abendau is out and getting some great reviews. Which means it’s time for the World Tour! We had great fun with this last year, with pictures coming in from all over the world – Brazil, Japan, Canada, Australia, all over Europe and through the U.k. As a bonus, the best photo will win a copy of Abendau’s Legacy – so take a photo of the book somewhere exotic (or not) and tweet, email, or tag me on Facebook and I’ll load it up on the album.
We’re getting close to book two of the Inheritance Trilogy, and I thought it might be nice to post about what’s happened between the two books and give a sense of where I develop to.
Book one was left in a tense place. What happened to the Empress? To those who survived book one? And, also, what happened to the relationship between Sonly and Kare – the impact of Sonly’s actions at the end of book one is a big focus of book two.
Book two takes place a full ten years on from Abendau’s Heir, and that was very deliberate on my part. I strongly felt that what had happened in book one could not have a quick fix – every bit of research into trauma indicates that, whilst the effects differ from each person, rarely do we deal with such events as Kare faced easily. I wanted to give all the characters time to mature and reflect.
It is a more mature work, not just because, as a writer, I was a little more practiced but because the characters are more mature – something Teresa Edgerton’s edit further enhanced.
So, what’s in it? Well, relationships are – look away all those who like their characters fast and not too deep. Not just relationships with partners, although those are there, but between generations, in friendships, and those that are fractured. As in life, none are entirely straightforward and all are murky.
But it’s also a fast-paced SF story with a military backdrop. Timelines were hard in this book. I had to draw up a Gantt chart and refer to it often – different characters had to be in different places, maintaining storylines of their own, and each of these had to dovetail at the end, with all the characters back where they needed to be.
As well as the existing characters, I have two new teenage point of views. I enjoy writing Young Adults, so it was fun to add those. One in particular is very conflicted and faces a hard journey in the book – and I hope you’ll come to like him as you go through.
I also introduce my Space Roamers. They’re mentioned in book one, but the culture is not revealed. Here, we get to know them and, I hope, the culture presented is an interesting one. The inspiration for their very distinctive ships came from my love of barge boating – something I don’t often get the chance to indulge. I took the traditional canal paintwork of Roses and Castles and updated them for a Space race, this time using Planets and Stars. It was a lot of fun, building that culture although, in truth, they’ve been around in early drafts (in fact, my first ever public critique thread was a Space Roamer scene.)
And then, of course, there is the Empress. What happened to her is probably the thing I’ve been asked most often since book one came out. If you bear with me, I’ll answer that, and put up the prologue very, very soon.