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To the keyboard!

Hi everyone,

Well, after that horrible down period comes the upswing. This is the part that I wish I could ride forever. My fingers can hardly keep up with my brain. I’m still leaving Alan Shaw 3 to stew for a while. The ideas are coming thick and fast with one in particular that has tickled me into thinking that it’s brilliant (I’ll probably change my mind later), but I think I need a break from the Steampunk world. So, I’ve tinkered with my Cyberpunk novel a little, adding another 1k words. That seems to be going very slowly but I think I need to get into a flow with it, is all. The one I’ve picked up this morning, on a complete whim, is Emi. Remember that one? It was a while ago since I last talked about it:

Two dead humans, a man and a girl, wander through a post-apocalyptic landscape where the creatures of folklore and myth have returned. With their humanity forgotten and no purpose or destination, what could possibly happen?

I still love the idea of this story and I can’t wait to finish it. I think it has real potential to be brilliant…if I don;t mess it up. Right now, it feels a little disjointed and choppy, but it also fits with the style of the book. The character have no human drives or needs, only distantly remembered values that have no bearing or place in their new world.

I love books like this and I’ll admit that it’s a little experimental. I’m not entirely sure where it’s going, or if it has a story at all, but these characters keep going from encounter to encounter and I’m totally hooked on what weirdness will come out next.

It’s also going to be quite short, as I find most experimentally odd novels are, but that’s no bad thing. I think it might actually work in the story’s favour. I guess well have to see.

Anyway, I’m off to write more. Hope you all have an excellent writing day!

 

Thanks for reading.


Alan Shaw and the Fate of the Automatons: Cover reveal

As promised, each of Alan’s adventures in the book has it’s own comic book-esque cover.

The first installment begins with Alan as a street urchin, contracted by a mysterious villain to deliver a single package for an outlandish wage. How can Alan refuse? Even when the package starts to tick, and the future of London hangs in the balance?

 

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Coming next…Alan Shaw and the Clockwork Tentacle.

 

Embrace the weird!


Greaveburn Pre-Launch Competition

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If you’ve been around recently, you’ll already know the big news. If you haven’t…where HAVE you been? Oh, you have a life? Well, I hear they’re overrated. I won’t hold it against you. Better late than never.

Anyway, in honour of the publication of my debut novel, Greaveburn, I have decided to have a bonanza. Some lucky bugger is going to win things and that could mean YOU! But I’m not going to make it easy for you. Why would I? This isn’t the kind of giveaway you find on daytime tv where the question is something like:

What is the name of the money-winning organisation for which millions of people buy tickets every week? Is it:
A: The National Lottery
B: The National Pottery
C: The National Mockery
(answers on a postcard, kids!)

No, we’re not going to do that, because that’d be crap. Instead, we’re going to go all Challenge Anneka on you. Below, you will find a couple of Greaveburn-related images. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to take one of these images (or one of your own making) and use it in the most imaginative way possible. The most outrageous/funny/obscure entry wins a personalised, signed copy of Greaveburn itself for your shelf and, of course, all entries will be put into a gallery for everyone to see and share (We’ll keep track of them on the new competition page). All mediums are accepted, including photos, vids, animations or whatever else you deranged readers can come up with.

Here are a few ideas to get you going:

  1. A tableau of you and your Steampunk/Goth friends brandishing the logo.
  2. Respraying your car/scooter/Harley Davidson with the cover images (That’d be freaking awesome).
  3. …or maybe a tattoo somewhere about your virgin flesh? (Soooo not worth the resulting prize!)
  4. Carve the title into a motorway overpass (I in no way endorse this vandalistic behaviour………although SOME might think it cool)
  5. Get your friends to spell out Greaveburn at a football game.

Whatever you come up with…camera *click*…email (Under my pic on the right, over there)…Simple!

I’m going to leave this open until the end of September, so pop back and see if you’ve won!

Have fun!