Review copies of Fair Rebel are now available on NetGalley, for those who have access.
Gollancz asked for some tips for writers. So here are nine of the best, from me.
I love talking about technique; I have dozens of these. Perhaps I should make them into a book one day?
Fair Rebel, the 5th Castle book, will be published in late November. It involves guitars, things exploding, and girls kissing. There’s definitely a large newt somewhere in it, too.
I may have been quite angry about a few things when I wrote it. The first person to send me a full list of them wins a prize.
Before I wrote The Year of Our War, I used to write Castle mainly as shorter scenes, not complete stories, usually of a few of the characters in conversation or other interesting situations. A while back, I published some of the more complete ones on my old website. Now these, along with a small amount of new material, have been brought together by Todd Sanders of Air and Nothingness Press into a limited run of beautifully designed booklets.
The Insect Hordes
Linnet’s Tour Guide: 1. The Vertigo Spur
Linnet’s Tour Guide: 2. The Grass Isle
Linnet’s Tour Guide: 3. Lakeland Awia
Simoon the Treasurer’s History of Hacilith
Hacilith 1816: Jant saves Debrah
Hacilith 1817: The Scrapyard
Hacilith 1818: Felicitia’s Saturday Night
These are not short stories but rather mood pieces and background writing which illuminate some less familiar corners of the Fourlands.
Wrought Gothic is available to buy now, directly through Air and Nothingness’ website.
The Castle often appears in the books but do you know Lisade from Mare’s Run? Or where the Starglass Quad is? Well all your questions can now be answered, as there is a beautifully-drawn plan of the Castle right here. My thanks to the wonderful Todd Sanders for transforming my original sketch so beautifully.
Here I talk to Rob Weber about The Wheel of Fortune, how Hacilith is like Bradford (except without the ram-raiding), and about genre and why it’s overdone.
Eventually Jant’s early adventures in Hacilith will appear as a full-length novel. But not just yet!
The fifth Castle book, Fair Rebel is complete and will be published by Gollancz in 2016.
It’s available for pre-order on amazon.
I have three more Castle books planned and I’m halfway through the next one.