Den Patrick and Jen Williams in conversation

boyLast night we joined debut fantasy authors Den Patrick (The Boy with the Porcelain Blade) and Jen Williams (The Copper Promise) as they answered questions from Jared Shurin of Pornokitsch at a packed event at Blackwell’s Charing Cross Rd.

Jared Shurin kicked off proceedings by promising the first-time writers a ground-breaking, original opening question… one that they’ve surely never been asked before: “What inspired you to write your first novel?” he asked with a smile.

Following encouraging titters from the audience, we learnt the curious beginnings of both books.

The Copper Promise by Jen Williams was born out of a period of immersion in fantasy video games and the most admirable motivation to start writing that I’ve ever heard: just wanting to have fun.

The Boy with the Porcelain Blade was inspired by Den Patrick’s girlfriend at the time noting that his ears looked so pale that they could’ve been made from porcelain.  After a few writing projects, Porcelain was the one that really captured Den’s imagination.

After the successful Q&A and signing session, we moseyed over to The Old Crown pub for cocktails inspired by the novels: The ‘Copper Blade Martini’ and ‘Porcelain Promise’ were complete with sword and copper coin decorations.

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Last week we shared chapter one of The Boy with the Porcelain Blade with you, and this week you can start reading chapter two here. You lucky things!

You can pre-order your eBook copy of The Boy with the Porcelain Blade for just £1.99 here and your physical copy here.

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