My urban/historical fantasy series, Fey World starts with the story of Jude Pender and his friends as they slowly discover that there is an underlying reality to the mundane, a reality in which the supernatural exists.
In Fey Girl, Jude dreams of the Fae, an otherworldly dimension populated by Faeries. He is contacted by Aedh who views Jude as a warrior to be sent against those who would upset the order of things. This novel sets the stage for the events to follow in the Fey World series. The series core books are a tetrology that tell the tale of a mystical convergence in the modern world that plays out because of events that occurred in ancient times. The supporting books in the series (the Fey Tales collections) cover those events from ancient times up to the recent past. These tales give a legendary back-story to the series and allows the reader to become immersed in the secret history of the world. (more…)
This is an update on what I’m doing and where I’m at. I’ve been spending most of my free time writing a collection of short stories as a sort of sideshow to my Fey World series of novels. These short stories give a historical background for the events found in my first novel in that series, Fey Girl, and also the later sequels.
A great deal of my time has been spent in research for this collection. It’s called Fey Tales (which will be the first in several instalments) and it starts off in 1100 BC during the Trojan War. From there it moves from 1000 BC and the fall of the Tower of Babel, 600(ish) BC after the Battle of Thermopylae, 500(ish) BC in Athens during the time of Socrates and then it jumps forward into the Middle Ages with King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table in 600(ish) AD, The Knights Templar in 1100(ish) AD, Rasputin 1900(ish) AD, World War II and a tale from the 1980’s. (more…)
I’m fascinated by words, maybe beyond fascinated: I like how they look on a ‘page’ and how they form a coherent picture when they combine. But, more to the point, I love how they take shape in my mind and how they feel, coming out of my mouth (this may have contributed to my need to share my words with everyone).
I guess you could say that is why I write.
Even more than this basic emotional response, I am also driven by a rational deconsruction of the words that I present and those that are presented to me. Mostly, I favour the efficiency of words, meaning that my preference is to use the smallest most common word that represents the concept I am thinking of. This began when I turned against the idea that a larger vocabulary suggests more knowledge: to be more precise it was in opposition to those who think that big words and/or words that went unused by the ‘commoners’ show that the person knows what they’re talking about.
Well, I neglected this blog for a year. Yes I’ve been busy writing a new novel, but that wasn’t the main reason behind my online absence: I mostly blame the spam. I never knew there’d be so much. I think I’ve solved the problem by removing the old comment plugin and adding one for facebook ones instead.
Also, I couldn’t commit to blogging due to not being home as much and using that time at home for writing fiction or for leisure. Blogging on the go was impossible because my netbook was one of the early Asus ones with Linux and consequently, was perfect for writing prose in short stories and novels or poetry because it was so limited, but good for little else. In addition, my old Nokia N84 was barely a smart phone: now I have a Samsung Galaxy Note; I’m using it to write this very blog outdoors, and it’s a pretty good experience.