It’s definitely been too long since I last posted an update – apologies! My only excuse is that I’ve been incredibly busy working on the three Dragonslayer books with Tor. They’re still on schedule for publication next year!
The news of the day is that the Society of the Sword audiobook has been nominated for a SOVAS award in the Best Voice Artist category, for Derek Perkins. I think he did an incredible job in narrating it. Win or lose, I think Derek brought a huge amount to the audio production, and the nomination is the least amount of recognition he deserves.
The awards are on 18 November, so I wish him the best of luck, and am sorry I won’t be able to make it to the ceremony myself!
A fellow fantasy writer, Phil Tucker of The Chronicles of the Black Gate series, has posted some thoughts for aspiring writers. They’re well worth a read, so I thought I’d link it here. If you’re thoughts ever turn to giving this writing lark a go, particularly the self publishing route, then this is a very good place to start:
Hey everyone, I hope the new year is going well for you!
Things have been pretty busy over here since Christmas, and there’s some news to announce in that regard.
I’ve just agreed to a 3 book deal with Tor. The first book in that trilogy, Dragonslayer, will be out early next year. Those of you who are current with my work will have seen a hint of dragons (indeed, a couple of people have mailed asking about that!). They’ll be appearing centre stage in this trilogy, with some new heroes to meet and locations to explore in my Middle Sea world. I’m really pleased with how the story has developed, and I hope those of you who’ve enjoyed my work to date will think it’s my best yet!
It’s a pretty exciting time, and there’s lots of work to be done, but I’ll do my best to keep my updates as regular as I can. Thanks again for all your interest and support!
It’s also available via the regular Amazon product page. Once again, it’s narrated by the excellent Simon Vance, who has wrapped up the trilogy with another superb performance! I’m really pleased with how the audio version of the series has turned out, and I hope you all really enjoy this final part!
I wanted to wish everyone a happy New Year (belatedly!) and I hope everyone had a great Christmas.
Thanks again for all your kind words and support last year. It’s very much appreciated! After a pretty hectic year getting Wolf of the North all finished up and on the virtual shelves, I’m really looking forward to a new year and a new project, details of which I’ll be able to share in the next couple of weeks. It’s always great fun starting with a blank canvas, so this stage is probably my favourite part of the process—that short window of time before you’ve painted yourself into a corner!
This marks the end of the Wolf of the North trilogy, which has been a pretty incredible experience for me to say the least. The support that readers have given me over the past year has been both overwhelming and humbling, and I appreciate that more than I can ever say. I only hope that I’m able to continue producing books that you enjoy reading, but rest assured I’ll be doing my very best!
It’s always a bit of a surprise to wake up to the news that something you’re involved in has made a list or is nominated for an award, but it’s always a nice one. In this instance, I can’t say I’m quite as surprised as usual, as Simon Vance did such a superb job narrating The Wolf of the North, for him to be nominated for Audiobook Narration – Fantasy, Best Voiceover for this book is very well deserved. Fingers crossed that he can take home the top spot!
Wolf of the North 3 – The Blood Debt will be out on Monday 2 October. If everything goes to plan, the paperback will be out on the same day as the kindle version, which is a first for me! I really hope you all enjoy it! The audiobook will follow on a little later, and should be released in January 2018.