Almost a month has flashed by since my last blog post. Not only have I neglected my blog in that time, my social media has also experienced a drought during that time. Not due to writer’s or artist’s block, or anything as reductive as that.
There’s been quite a lot going on in my personal life recently. I won’t go into detail here, but suffice to say this made creating not just difficult, but utterly inappropriate. I needed to spend time with my family, and so, my creative projects stammered to a halt.
The past few days, however, I resumed work on my next fantasy novel project. And quite apart from that, I have some big news.
My debut novel, The Black Rook, has been given a rough release date of later this year!
That’s right, my first novel will soon be published. To say the least, I’m over the moon.
The Black Rook’s setting – the dark, rugged world of Entros – has been around twenty years in the making. As a child, I invented Entros as both a means of escape and as a reaction to the bizarre modern world I found myself in. As a home-taught kid, I found the outside world ugly, impossible to relate to, and frightening.
I spent much of my childhood visiting old castle ruins and Tudor country houses. My favourite spots were Welsh castles. These heritage sites fed into my vision for a surreal, fantastical world. With Tolkien’s novels, the Warcraft video games, and the Warhammer tabletop war game as my main sources of inspiration, I began world-building what eventually turned into Entros, the same fantasy world that I write about today.
The Black Rook is an introduction to that world. I’m so proud of myself for continuing to plow away with the novel (which I began plotting around 10 years ago), even when doing so seemed pointless.
For the rest of 2022, I plan to finish the draft of The Black Rook’s sequel (currently titled The Unsetting Sun), with plans to edit it next year. 2023 will also be the year that I market The Black Rook. I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing in terms of marketing, but I’m excited to learn as I go along.
Aside from the Entros books, I also have two other novels, Human Zoo and Like Pigs, which I spent a considerable amount of time drafting and editing this year. I will search for publisher-homes for them both next year.
I have a feeling that 2023 will be an incredibly busy year for me. Quite apart from my author ambitions, there will be a lot going on in my personal life as well.
In only three weeks, my partner and I are set to fly back to England to spend much of Christmas there. I haven’t seen my direct family since June, so I’m really excited to see them.
In other news, my partner and I visited a place called Fort Knox in the American state of Maine, a couple of weeks back. This was the first heritage site I’d ever visited in the United States, so it was really cool to see. It was a beautiful day and I got some lovely photos (one of which is at the top of this post). I’ll also feature some photos at the bottom of the post, which I took in Maine.
When an exact release date has been announced for The Black Rook, you’ll no doubt hear from me here on the website.
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