Well, 2020 was a … year. Good riddance to that bag of tripe. Though I was perhaps more fortunate than others given my location here on Vancouver Island, and by working for myself, but it was still one hell of a slog from January to Dec. I’m not going to dwell on anything 2020-related. That’s […]
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As is traditional, here’s a montage of my 2020. From Mexico, Yellowknife, to the wilds, and releasing a new Emaneska book, despite the craziness of 2020, it somehow ended up productive and informative. This really isn’t supposed to be boastful, but looking purely on the good side of what was a strange, difficult, and frankly […]
If somehow you haven’t got reception in your cave, The Forever King is out and live and ready to buy on Amazon in paperback, hardcover and ebook 🤘Have a look at the paperback and one inordinately excited author.
The Forever King launches TODAY! I’m so excited, I had to make myself a trailer for this brand new book. Get a copy at: readerlinks.com/l/1569348 This has taken a year and a half of work. It’s the biggest book I’ve ever written, and it hits the shelf exactly 10 years after my debut book The […]
Well here we are: barely days away from the launch of book 6 in the Emaneska world. My 14th book overall, as it happens. (I promise I will sleep then I get to 15). Because we’re so close, I wanted to give you all the deets on what The Forever King is about, what you […]
I was recently interviewed on Bookworm Blues, and I was foolish enough to claim my Gollum impression is the best you’ll hear. Of course, such madness was challenged. CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.
I’ve thrown together a timelapse of the whole map-making process. It’s a handy little thing Procreate does, and means you can see how many times I tried to draw a river… Also… The Forever King launches TWO WEEKS TODAY! readerlinks.com/l/1420249
I’m back with another Fantasy Author Lounge interview, and this month I’ve had the honour of being joined by none other than Christian / Miles Cameron! Author of over 40 books, from fantasy to sci-fi, he’s also a badass swordsman, reenactor, and a fountain of good humour.
Tech upgrade – just got myself a 360º degree camera and wanted to test it out during my recent trip to Tofino, on Vancouver Island. Check out my latest writing spot in Cox Bay Beach.
Who’s in the Fantasy Author Lounge this month? It’s Rob J. Hayes! Aka The Hat, and fellow indie author of over a dozen fantasy books. Watch this latest Lounge interview to find out more about Rob and his books as we put the world to rights.
If you’re an indie author, here’s how to avoid being conned by so-called self-publishing companies. Time to dive into the subject of self-publishing, and we’re going straight in at the deep-end with how NOT to self-publish. In this episode, I show you how to dodge a mistake a lot of authors have made: trusting in […]
Time for another How To. This time, I’m sharing some tips for stimulating that imagination when it comes to fantasy character names. In this episode I go through a few methods for generating ideas for names, and a few rules I try to follow to get the right name for the right fantasy character. Things […]
How is it August already?! The calendar is almighty. Perhaps it was another whirlwind month of busyness and activity. I thought things would calm down after working 200 hours in June, but they ended up being just as busy. You know what, though? It means I’ve got a shit-tonne of things to tell you about. Prepare thyself. Here’s everything that went down in July.
Who’s in this month’s Fantasy Author Lounge? It’s amazing epic and nordic fantasy author T.L. Greylock! I’ve been a fan of Taya’s Song of The Ash Tree trilogy, so when I heard about her new book Shadows of Ivory, launching TOMORROW, I had to invite her to the Lounge. We chatted about: – a unique […]
It’s time. The LAST episode of the BenCast is here. This final episode is all about The Forever King, the new Emaneska book, and this week’s excursion to Cowichan Lake on Vancouver Island to finish it. (and possibly the best writing spot I’ve found yet. A fine excuse to fly my drone). Watch me and […]
What’s that in the sky? Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No. It’s an inordinately tired author! Damn, June was crazy for me. After averaging 50 hours a week last month, with at least half that time dedicated to writing, I managed to get a hell of a lot of things done.
Building an entire fantasy world? Is that crazy? Not at all. Every author builds a world for a book, no matter how small, and for fantasy authors, it’s a great excuse to dream big. In this How To Write video, find out about my Funhouse Mirror approach, which makes fantasy worlds rich and detailed, and […]
It’s that time again. A little late this month as I’ve had videos piling up, but we are back in the lounge, and this time, I got the chance to interview NICHOLAS EAMES, Gemmell Award-winning Canadian author of Kings of the Wyld and Bloody Rose. It was a true pleasure chatting to Nick, he was […]
I’m back with some more tips for writing a fantasy novel. In the last vid we looked at what makes a great fantasy novel. This week, we’re all about that Unfinished Syndrome: dropping a book or running out of steam 3-4 chapters in, and then abandoning it. Here’s how I defeat the dreaded unfinished nonsense […]
Greetings to all! I hope you’re doing well? Hows it all going? Firstly, suffice it to say that North America is full of hate and horror at the moment. Matters of race and discrimination are on everyone’s lips and streets. Personally, I stand with anyone who is being oppressed or treated unjustly in these so-called […]
Part Two of How to Write a Fantasy Novel is UP! In this second episode, I dig into what I believe makes a great fantasy novel, how you can learn to write by reading, and that sometimes, the best way to start writing your novel is just to start bloody writing it! Look out for […]
So you wanna be an author, do ya? Well, here’s the first in a new series of rapidfire videos all about how to write and self-publish the simplest way. Here’s the very first instalment: HOW TO WRITE A FANTASY NOVEL – Part 1. In this video, I look at how to go from an inkling […]
Here’s a new Fantasy Author Lounge! This month I had the pleasure of chatting to #SPFBO winner ML WANG and her amazing Asian-inspired fantasy Sword of Kaigen. We wag our chins about: – self-doubt and writing– writing since childhood – badass martial arts and how they influence ML’s stories Thanks to ML Wang for joining […]
WHAAAT. Yes. Welcome, friend. This is indeed a post about a new Emaneska book and its cover. You will have either a) known about this sequel for a while and just gasped at this cover, or b) you had no idea about a new Emaneska book, and this cover is your first news of it. […]