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Revisiting the Past


My wife Kerry and I lived in India 2006-2010, in New Delhi. In 2007, I had my first novel accepted for publication (The Bone Tiki, a YA fantasy set in New Zealand, by HarperCollins New Zealand), and that encouraged me to look for more writing inspiration. As a Kiwi living in Asia for the first time, India provided plenty of that.


The Wonders of Greek Myth


With my collaborative book with Cath Mayo, Athena’s Champion (Book One of Olympus), now released, I thought I’d talk a little about how I came to be writing in Greek Mythology, why it’s so great, and the problems Cath and I encountered in doing so.


A Collaborative Vision – How the Olympus Series was born.


A few years ago, I was invited to be a participant in the annual “Storylines” festival in Auckland. As it turned out, it had been pitched mostly to children, so my audience (teenage, as I’m mostly known here in New Zealand for my YA books) didn’t exactly flock to it – it made for a quiet day!



The First Draft Blues (or, getting some suffering into your art…)


Just finished the first draft of The Sunsurge Quartet, Book Three – with a working title of Hearts of Ice. Technically its actually first draft version 4.2, having survived a couple of substantial revisions and downsizing. At times it got very big (300,000 words +) but ended up slimmed down to 220,000, which is standard for the series. But the real landmark is that I met my deadline of 31 July, to get it to my test readers.


Finding Inspiration (the origins of The Sunsurge Quartet)


All books in my first epic fantasy series, The Moontide Quartet, have now been released, and I’m at work on the sequel series, The Sunsurge Quartet. It’s set in the same world of Urte, and the first book, Empress of the Fall, came out on 9th March – yesterday as I write this. While I’m pretty excited by that, I’m actually so deeply immersed in Books 2 and 3 that I’ve not had time to even raise a glass to Empress and her launch.





The toughest book so far (or, Going off half-cocked)


Midnight on 31st January 2016 has been on my mind since the middle of last year. That’s because, after my wife Kerry accepted a posting to Bangkok, Thailand, I approached my publisher and asked for my 30th November 2015 deadline to be extended by a couple of months. I knew that the shift to Thailand (effective 16th November) would make meeting my 30th November deadline impossible. My editor Jo Fletcher agreed (bless her!); so 31st January 2016 became the new red-circle date on my calendar.


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