Sad day

Sad day, today.

I attended the funeral my fellow T-Party writer Denni Schnapp. She took her own life aged 49. I really only knew Denni as a writer of hard SF and was vaguely aware of her scientific background. Today I learned a lot more about her which made me wish I’d known her better. I wish I’d eaten one of her amazing curries and talked to her about the 100+ countries she had visited.

Goodbye Denni. I hope you have found the peace you so desperately sought 


Next Big Thing

Image22 Jan 2013

New Year’s resolution, delayed by just a few days!

I was tagged by David Wake as part of  ‘The Next Big Thing’ chain letter between writers.  I have to answer a bunch of questions and then, pyramid selling style, tag five other writers.  They can’t have been tagged before, so that final part may prove to be tricky.

1. What is the title of your book?

Working title ‘Shadows of Faerie’

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

From a short story (as yet unpublished) that I wrote a few years ago

3. What genre does your book fall under?

Contemporary fantasy

4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

The central character Charlie needs to be someone who can pass for 23, so a great opportunity for a new young actor. Benedict Cumberbatch as Charlie’s father Jack, Emma Watson as Michelle and Sheridan Smith as Sharon.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

For centuries country women have known that if they go to the right spot and sing the right song a faerie will appear and be their lover; now something is hunting them down, something from Faerie.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Represented by Ian Drury of SheilLand Associates.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

Two years.

8. What other books would you compare this book to within your genre?

Ben Aaronovitch’s ‘Rivers of London’ series

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

When I started ‘Shadows’ there  were comparatively few contemporary fantasies set in the UK and even fewer outside London. I wanted to write something that filled that niche

10. What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s written in the first person, the police procedure is genuine as are (most of) the settings around Southampton and the New Forest and the chemistry.

Now to choose five authors:-

Tricky to find anyone who hasn’t be tagged. I nominate

Hard SF writer Will Mitchell

Helen Callaghan



And er…I’m still thinking about this!.