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Interview with Jan Edwards, author of Winter Downs

Today it gives me great pleasure to interview author Jan Edwards, whose new crime novel, Winter Downs, launched on 3rd June. How long have you been writing and how did you get started? Always a hard one to answer without sounding cliched, but I honestly can’t recall when I first started to make up stories […]

Skoryk, Parajanov and the Carpathian connection

A lot of authors have a soundtrack for their work. Often it’s the music they were listening to when they were writing a particular passage. Recently, I contributed to a thread in a Facebook group where writers were sharing what they listened to when writing, and what might also be the soundtrack to their novels. […]

The Black Pilgrimage to Chorazin

This blog is indebted to an article called The Black Pilgrimage by Rosemary Pardoe and Jane Nicholls, originally published in Ghosts & Scholars 26 and available to read online here. I’ve always been a great fan of the ghost story writer Montague Rhodes James,  known as M.R. James, who was Provost of King’s College Cambridge […]

Justified Ancients of Mu Mu!

I’ve been working on Tunguska, my current WIP, which may be the fifth installment in the shamansland series. Tunguska is its working title because of the famous or infamous meteor burst that flattened part of that region in the early years of the 20th century. It’s also the home of the original shamans, the ones […]

Book Launch: Winter Downs by Jan Edwards

I’m delighted to announce that this blog will be participating in a blog tour by author Jan Edwards, to celebrate the launch of her new crime novel, Winter Downs. The blog tour begins on Friday, June 2nd on Louise Wise’s blog, and the book launch takes place on Saturday, June 3rd. Jan will be guesting […]

Not Nanowrimo…

We are on course for the new edition of Children of the Shaman to come out with Kristell Ink in January 2017. It’s going to have illustrations, about which I’m incredibly excited. It’s  like all my dreams coming true at once! The artwork, which includes a map, is by the talented Evelinn Enoksen, and I’m […]

Updates to my web-site

You may have noticed that I’ve changed the appearance of both my blogs, this one and the other one that lives at Living in the Maniototo. This is because Kristell Ink will be publishing my fourth novel, Winterbloom, and republishing my first three books: Children of the Shaman, The Glass Mountain, and Malarat. As a […]

The Book Smugglers: Stash and News

Hello everyone and HAPPY SUNDAY! I mean, as happy as anyone who is currently living in the UK can be. I guess. Yes, I am still in shock over the Brexit referendum. But let’s get down to business and talk books because that will make me feel soooo much better. This Week on The Book… via […]

Review of Spark and Carousel by Joanne Hall

  This is the first in an occasional review series that I’ll be posting on this blog. A shorter version of this review has appeared on Goodreads and my other blog, Living in the Maniototo. I really enjoyed this book. It’s very different to a lot of fantasy I’ve read, and refreshingly so. It has […]

Now what?

With Winterbloom and its predecessors having been accepted for publication by Kristell Ink, I am now facing that olde authorial dilemma: what to write next? (I am also facing the dilemma what to read next. In fact #amreading but with interruptions for anxiety, healthy walks in the countryside, being bitten by horseflies, etc) Not to […]

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