So Elite: Wanted by Gavin Deas is out on the 15th of May. Gavin Deas is the cunning pseudonym of fantasy author Stephen Deas (The Adamantine Palace, The Black Mausoleum, Dragon Queen et. al.) and science fiction author Gavin Smith (Veteran, War In Heaven, Age of Scorpio and Crysis: Escalation). To better understand the process behind writing a collaborative novel Stephen and Gavin … More
The Eye of Winter’s Fury is the third entry in the best-selling DestinyQuest gamebook series. We asked the series creator, Michael J. Ward, for some top tips to help readers prepare for this exciting new instalment in the epic fantasy saga. Over to you Mike…
‘FOOLISH MORTALS! Yes, it is I – the gamesmaster of doom – and your worthless lives have finally come to an end!’
Pauses. Listens to crackly Gollancz voice on the other end of phone.
‘What, I … More
I sold the Stonewylde series to Gollancz back in 2010, despite misgivings. The world I’d created wasn’t your run-of-the-mill fantasy; no swords, little blood, not an elf, dragon or ancient portal in sight. There is a Dark Lord (the eponymous Magus of the first title) and there’s natural magic, a flawed hero and of course the prophecy/quest. And a crow. But really, Stonewylde is … More
Gollancz is delighted to bring you a brilliant guest post from Paul McAuley to celebrate the publication of The Confluence Trilogy.
Here’s a good lesson in writing from Graham Greene’s A Sort of Life:
Excitement is simple: excitement is a situation, a single event. It mustn’t be wrapped up in thoughts, similes, metaphors. A simile is a form of reflection, but excitement is of the moment when there is no time to reflect. Action can only be expressed by … More
What’s the difference between writing crime and horror? Trick question. There’s no difference in the writing on a molecular level – they are stories, and thus employ all the elements and structures and rhetoric and sleight of hand common to all storytelling. But there is a difference, at least for … More
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