Jesse Teller Interview – Onslaught of Madness
 

Jesse Teller Interview

Onslaught of Madness

 
Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #5: Five More Fall
 

Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #5

Five More Fall

 
John Gwynne Interview – A Time of Blood
 

John Gwynne Interview

A Time of Blood

 

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Where do you get your ideas from?

Where do you get your ideas from? 

Sometimes out of the mouths, well hands, of babes and sucklings it seems… It’s a question many writers dread and I think it’s because it’s so hard to give any sort of concrete answer. Mostly. I mean, they come from anywhere and everywhere. They pop into your head unbidden (inspired by something you’ve seen or […]

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Nothing Is As It Seems

Nothing Is As It Seems 

I’ve always referred to The Relic Guild Trilogy as a single story chopped up into three books. Mostly because it’s true. It is the tale of a secret band of magickers protecting a million humans in a city hidden at the centre of a giant labyrinth; a city that barely manages to survive, trapped behind […]

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I STARTED AN AWARD-WINNING SF/F PUBLISHING HOUSE AND ALL I LEARNED WERE THESE SEVEN RANDOM THINGS

I STARTED AN AWARD-WINNING SF/F PUBLISHING HOUSE AND ALL I LEARNED WERE THESE SEVEN RANDOM THINGS 

In honour of Angry Robot’s seventh anniversary, founder and publisher Marc Gascoigne was persuaded to share some random thoughts on how the innovative imprint ticks. Unfortunately, that’s just what he did. 1) IF YOU WANT TO GET HERE, I WOULDN’T START FROM THERE Publishing has changed immeasurably since August 2008 when Angry Robot was first […]

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Where did Stranger of Tempest come from?

Where did Stranger of Tempest come from? 

I’m sure you’ve all heard of Stranger of Tempest by now… It has perhaps the most stand-out cover of the year and is being hailed as relentless, fun and unputdownable by readers lucky enough to land an ARC. We wanted to know from Tom Lloyd how the idea of the book came about, why he took […]

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Create Your Own Fantasy Author Frankenstein Monster

Create Your Own Fantasy Author Frankenstein Monster 

Last year, in the build up to Fantasy-Faction’s Grim Gathering event, it was suggested to me that I would look a lot better if I had Myke Cole’s arms. One kind soul even photoshopped them in to my picture so I could really appreciate the difference. Faced with the undeniable glory of Mr Cole’s biceps […]

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‘I actually started worldbuilding…’ by Sam Sykes

‘I actually started worldbuilding…’ by Sam Sykes 

Today we are delighted to welcome one of our favourite authors Sam Sykes (also known as Samus Sykesimus on the Roman Gladiator circuit) to Fantasy-Faction. I don’t really need to tell you too much more about the author and his works, because he’s about to do it for me… enjoy! So, I don’t know if anyone […]

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Apocalypse how? Vehicle modding inspiration for the end times

Apocalypse how? Vehicle modding inspiration for the end times 

In my new novel Graft, the Britain of 2025 has all but collapsed. Up in lawless Manchester, local mechanic Sol props up his workshop business by stealing cars and scavenging their parts, while his partner armours vehicles for use on the country’s dangerous roads. In Britain now, of course, things aren’t quite so harsh. But […]

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Writing Multi-Layered Narratives

Writing Multi-Layered Narratives 

Ideas Are Easy There’s a joke about writers: never ask them where they get their ideas from. The question might be met with a roll of the eyes, and the answers you get are often tongue-in-cheek (a PO Box in Poughkeepsie is a classic). The reason for this is pretty straightforward – it’s exactly the […]

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Music To Write Science Fiction By

Music To Write Science Fiction By 

I listen to music when I write. For each novel, I make a playlist lasting up to twelve hours, and then listen to it repeatedly throughout composition. In the case of The Destructives, I made a second playlist to impart a different tone to the final third of the novel. One way of talking about […]

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Heroines on the Edge

Heroines on the Edge 

Lalla Paul, the main character of The Ship, isn’t born a heroine. It might be the end of the world, what with the military government periodically bombing the hell out of unregistered citizens, but she still lives with her parents in a flat in London, has enough to eat and is taken to the British […]

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5 Tips For Writing A Swashbuckling Scene by V.E. Schwab

5 Tips For Writing A Swashbuckling Scene by V.E. Schwab 

V.E. Schwab is an author comfortable writing all kinds of stories. Over the years, these tales have included those for young readers within secondary worlds, a dark story of super villains on a collision course, a supernatural exploration into personal legacy beyond death and plenty more besides. Whereas V.E. Schwab’s previous novels had been successful and highly regarded, A Darker […]

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My Experience Publishing With Angry Robot

My Experience Publishing With Angry Robot 

Today, Peter Tieryas, author of United States of Japan coming from Angry Robot in March, has been kind enough to share his journey from a short story writer struggling with rejections to published novelist. In addition to being a damned good writer (I’ve read United States of Japan and thought it was excellent: in equal parts beautiful, […]

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