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Talking about Genres – Who cares about genres?

Writers, publishers and readers talk about genre a lot. It’s how bookshops decide where a book belongs. It’s used to draw up charts, award prizes and produce those “If you liked this book, you might also like…” messages on-line retailers

Posted in 2018

Talking about Genres – The problems with genre writing…

Writers, publishers and readers talk about genre a lot. It’s how bookshops decide where a book belongs. It’s used to draw up charts, award prizes and produce those “If you liked this book, you might also like…” messages on-line retailers

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Talking about Genres – Welcome to my Genre

Writers, publishers and readers talk about genre a lot. It’s how bookshops decide where a book belongs. It’s used to draw up charts, award prizes and produce those “If you liked this book, you might also like…” messages on-line retailers

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2017-2018 – What did we do? Where are we going?

What did we do in 2017… We started 2017 hotly promoting our latest Clovenhoof novella, Clovenhoof and the Trump of Doom. This was a story, written in the days after Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential election. We had

Posted in 2017, 2018, Books, Events, Reflections

5 things I took away from Fantasycon 2017

Just back from Fantasycon 2017 in Peterborough. But what have I taken away with me, apart from too many books and a mild hangover? I took away five things. #1 – You always learn something new at Fantasycon On the

Posted in 2017, Events

Egg-tapping, girl-whipping and the power of Ozric Tentacles – Easter and Fairy Tales

Easter is an intriguing time of year. It is the most important Christian festival, celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The English name for the festival is possibly take from the name of the pagan goddess, Ostara, who

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Mother’s Day and the fairy tales linked to it

Mother’s Day, celebrated on different days around the world, is nonetheless a concept common to nearly all world cultures. But what of mothers in fairy tales? What do fairy tales have to teach us about mothers and motherhood? Let’s take

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Fairy tales associated with St Patrick’s Day

It’s St Patrick’s Day, a day which is celebrated by billions around the world by pretending they have Irish heritage and drinking more Guinness in one day than they do in all the other days of the year combined. We’d

Posted in 2017, Books

A Writer’s Career

This Saturday, Iain will be appearing on a panel at Fantasycon By The Sea in which he will be discussing the experience of having a writing career. Here, he is interviewed alongside two of his fellow panelists (Sue Moorcroft and David

Posted in 2016, Books, Interviews

Spousemeal!

It’s spousemeal time again. What? You don’t have spousemeal? Oh, that’s probably because you’re not married. And a co-writer of comic fantasy novels. And spend more time with your co-writer than your own wife. Spousemeal (I can’t remember when it

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