I’ve finally taken the plunge, and signed up for Instagram. I expect it will be a slow and painful learning experience, as I’m definitely not the greatest fan of social media, but I’m there now, and will be playing around with it a bit, so please stop by and check it out! You can find it here:
‘Long overdue’ is one of my most used phrases on this website, and this update post definitely falls into that category. It’s been a pretty crazy year with all the lockdowns. Lockdown and working from home didn’t change my ordinary work practise much – this is how it is for me most of the time! The good news is that I’ve been reasonably productive and have some new work at advanced stages.
The main update on work is my next fantasy trilogy, the series title for which is ‘Blood of Kings’, will be out in the new year. I hope to have some news to share in that regard in the next few days!
The eagle eyed among you will have noticed a link in the menu bar above taking you to a sci-fi site under the cunningly opaque pen name ‘D.M. Hamilton’. To remove any possibility of doubt, that’s the variation I’m going to release the sci-fi work I’ve been playing around with for some time now. Fantasy will always be my main stay, but I love reading sci-fi, so love writing it too. It’ll be very much in the style of my fantasy novels, but set in space, with all that this entails! I’ve had a lot of fun writing these stories, so I hope you will enjoy them when they finally make it to release!
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!
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!
I’ve got some firmer dates for upcoming releases for my various offerings, so I wanted to share them with you.
First up will be the audio of Jorundyr’s Path. It’s slated for a 1 August 2017 release, so less than a month off already – how time flies!
The Society of the Sword trilogy will be released in audio as an omnibus in mid September.
Finally, the final part of the Wolf of the North trilogy will be out in digital and print early this October, with audio to follow not too long after.
As always, you can subscribe to my mailing list here for a notification as to when things are coming out. I try to limit my mails to release announcements, so you don’t need to worry about me filling up your inboxes!
I hope everyone’s having a great summer so far, and for those of you in or from the US, have a great 4th of July!
Ok, I had an email recently reminding me about the Ostenheim City Guide that I was planning to do a while back. I have to admit, with all the work that's been going into getting the entire Wolf of the North trilogy put together, I completely forgot about it! I've dug out the old file, and instead of putting it up as a complete booklet - at least initially - I'm going to post instalments of it here on the blog. I'll be getting on to that over the next week or so.
In other news, the first part of The Wolf of the North trilogy will be going off for line edit shortly, as soon as I've made a few slight changes, so things are well on track with that.
Ok, long past time for an update, so here we go. I’d hoped to have more concrete news and more interesting posts coming up at this point, but things haven’t gone as quickly as I’d hoped. As you may already know, my next trilogy is called ‘The Wolf of the North’. My plan for this was to have the entire trilogy written before I released the first part. Right now I have a completed first draft of the second part, and am about 2/3 of the way through the final part, which is progressing at a good pace now.
The first part has been through some rounds of editing, but has a bit farther to go before it’s ready. I am hoping to release this summer, but I can’t be any more specific than that right now.
Ok, first off, apologies for posting here so infrequently. It's not down to laziness on my part (well, ok, maybe a bit) but because I've been hard at work on my next trilogy, The Wolf of the North. I wanted to have at least a first draft of all three books completed before I move forward with the first one, and I'm almost at that point now, so hopefully not too much longer to wait! It's really hard to believe that over a year has passed since I released The First Blade of Ostia. Time really flies when you spend most of your day in a made up world!
By way of teaser, The Wolf of the North is set in the Middle Sea world, but with new characters and new locations that I haven't had the chance to explore before. It's also allowed me to look at the world from a different cultural perspective, and as small a thing as that might sound, it's been a lot of fun to take these ideas and play around with them from a different viewpoint. It's the story of a young man from the Barbarian North who, from an inauspicious start, becomes a legend in his own time.
Next year will be all about The Wolf of the North, but the fact that I've got a lot of the hard work done on it already means I'll have a little time for another character who's been simmering away in the back of my mind for quite a long time now!
That's about all I've got for now, so I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas! Thanks again for your support and interest in my work!
Right now I’m working my way through developmental edits for the first part of my next trilogy, The Wolf of the North. It’s set in the same world as The Tattered Banner and the Society of the Sword trilogy, but moves the central location, and takes a look at some concepts that will be familiar to those that have read my earlier books from a different cultural perspective. As always, it’s been a lot of fun to breathe some life into a hitherto untouched part of the Middle Sea world.
I’m afraid I don’t have an ETA for its release yet, but I’ll be sure to keep you all updated!
I hope everyone is having a warmer and sunnier summer than I am (although that wouldn’t be difficult!)
First off, there’ve been a few minor visible changes to the website, but a fair bit more going on under the bonnet (hood!). There’s still a little more to come, so please bear with me! Between renovating my apartment, minor knee surgery, and finishing off drafts for the first part of my next trilogy, finding time for everything over the past little while has been a challenge!
There’ll be a couple of more interesting things coming down the pipeline pretty soon, one of which is a new novella, called The Marcher Lord. It’s the story of a young, rural swordsman making his first journey to his capital city. It explores a region in the west of the Middle Sea world, called Mirabaya, so it’s been a fun opportunity to roll back the covers from another little bit of the world and explore it. I’ll be posting more about The Marcher Lord over the next few days. Expect plenty of intrigue and swashbuckling!
That’s all for now, so I hope everyone is doing well!
With the release of The First Blade of Ostia, I plan on moving to a different part of the Middle Sea World to explore for my next few books. The Empire didn’t swallow up the entire world, even at its peak, and the other side of its ancient borders is where the next trilogy will start off. It’s a place where magic and the gods are viewed as one and the same; a place where men still believe they walk the land.
From a writing perspective, it’s been a really fun way to look at some of the Middle Sea concepts from a completely different perspective, and also a great chance to really expand on the world I’ve created, to give it more depth, character, and colour. The first book of this series is with my long suffering alpha readers at the moment, and the second is well under way. I’ll reveal more about this series in coming weeks, as it will be my focus for 2015.
For those who enjoyed the setting of the Society of the Sword books, worry not! That part of the world is still very much open for business, and I have a further series plotted out that will take place in those regions, and focus on a more minor character from the Society trilogy who seems to have been pretty popular. He’s certainly one of my favourites, and I was constantly looking for ways to give him a more prominent role. He’ll finally be taking centre stage in this series, and working through his backstory has been a huge amount of fun. That’s all I’m giving away about that for now!