Author Journey October 2018

Any big announcements? So, this month I have started a new and interesting challenge and it’s a long one. For the next year, my primary job will be raising our second child. I’m looking forward to our time together and am well aware of just how much more work is involved (and I’ve only been doing it for two weeks). Seriously, an office job is a breeze in comparison.

How’s the writing going? Continue reading “Author Journey October 2018”

Author Journey September 2018

So, if August was a lean month for writing, then September was practically a famine. It was my lowest month for both writing and editing so far this year, but don’t get too down, a lot of the work I had put in earlier is starting to come to fruition. Valiant Lineage, book 6 – The Lady in the Lake went live and book 7 – The Kid, the Dead, and the Ugly goes live in four days.

On top of those, we also released two more books in the Otaku Stories series. First, we released book 3: Symbiote and it features my story, Fire and Slice. These stories were inspired by the 1980’s anime series The Guyver: Bio-Booster Armour and all of them are great. It is without a doubt our strongest collection. So, if you enjoy space marines, strange and exotic worlds with deadly creatures, or some fairly dark comedy then you will love these stories.

After that, we released book 4: Trope, with my short Samurai School for Girls. This collection was inspired by the brilliantly zany anime Project A-ko. Again, these are all very entertaining. Jon’s steampunk story was also selected for the story podcast – The Other Stories where it was professionally narrated. If you enjoy podcasts and stories, you should definitely check them out. Continue reading “Author Journey September 2018”

Author Journey August 2018

It has been a crazy month. My writing is way down, but editing is up (and since that generally takes much longer, I can’t complain too much). Despite all that, I have released three books… As I mentioned last month Valiant Lineage 5 – The Witch and the Wardrobe went live and Valiant Lineage 6 – The Lady in the Lake is up for preorder and goes live in a couple of days.

But that’s only two… well, actually that’s just one, one hasn’t come out yet. So where are the other two? Well, as part of the Otaku on Writing podcast we have released two collections. The first Awake features three stories based on Akira and the second Uplift features three stories based on A Wind Named Amnesia. These were a lot of fun to put together and they really are a weird and wonderful mix. We’ve started work on the third collection which is based on the Guyver and is our best work so far, at least I think so. Continue reading “Author Journey August 2018”

Author Journey July 2018

It’s been a busy couple of months. As you know, I released volumes one to three in June. Volume four became available at the beginning of July and would you believe it volume five goes live on August 3. On top of that, I was also featured in a flash fiction anthology. I’m currently working on the edits for volume seven, which isn’t due until October so plenty of time (although I’d like to have eight, nine, and ten fully edited by then as well.)

Amazingly, I already have my first review and it’s from someone I don’t know which makes it all the more special. It’s also a five-star review from a very observant reader who’s spotted all the key questions. On top of that, the reader got my sense of humour, which is very difficult to get across. If you’ve read any of my books it would be amazing if you would take a moment to leave a review.

On top of all that, I’ve been working with a couple of other authors, Jon Cronshaw and Killian Carter, on the Black Death trilogy, a post-apocalyptic story set in the UK. I finished the first draft of my part of the story. This is going to be awesome. I can’t wait for it to go live. Continue reading “Author Journey July 2018”

Author Journey June 2018

Well, it’s finally happening. I’ve been working on my series, Valiant Lineage, for over two years. It may seem like a long time, but in the scale of things, it is… If you remember, I released three volumes of Valiant back at the beginning of 2016. Then I moved cities and life got in the way. It was probably for the best because it forced me to work out what I wanted to do and how I was going to do it.

I decided to unpublish the original books and take a year to really develop the story. After a year focused on writing and little else, I had built up a story of epic proportions. Given my love of manga, anime, and short stories, I kept to the serial format. Each book is an individual story but also contribute to the overall arc, weaving together an elaborate tail.

As of right now, the first three books are available to buy from Amazon, or they’re free to read if you have a Kindle Unlimited subscription. Book four will be released on Friday, July 6. After that, I will release the next volume on the first Friday of each month until we reach the end. So, buckle up, it’s going to be a long ride. Continue reading “Author Journey June 2018”