Author: Lesley Smith

Book Review: Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire

Book Review: Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire

Urban fantasy novels are big right now and it’s hard not to love Toby Daye, the unlikely knight and changeling protagonist of Seanan McGuire’s popular series set in magic-rich San Francisco. Read More »

Interview With Seanan McGuire

Interview With Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire, sometimes known as Mira Grant, is one of this generation’s most prolific writers. Read More »

Fantasy Cartography, Part 2

Fantasy Cartography, Part 2

Fantasy cartography is like playing SimCity; first you create and then you take an almost gleeful joy in the destruction before rebuilding from the ashes. Read More »

Fantasy Cartography for Writers (part 1)

Fantasy Cartography for Writers (part 1)

Fantasy cartography isn’t new, of course, from Lord of the Rings to Throne of the Crescent Moon, maps help readers to connect with the universe, to make unfamiliar locales a little more familiar. It’s always fun when there’s a heroic journey involved... Read More »

An Interview with Jo Graham

An Interview with Jo Graham

Lesley Smith interviews Jo Graham, the author of numerous books from Stargate tie-in novels to her own Numinous World series. Read More »

The Numinous World of Jo Graham

The Numinous World of Jo Graham

Historical fiction is not my thing and neither is historical fantasy but, then Jo Graham’s books are not simply tales set in ancient times, they’re something more. I first came across her debut novel, a retelling of the Aeneid called Black Ships tha... Read More »

The New Doctor and the Spin Behind It

The BBC is a weird organisation. The night after the first episode of the first series of Doctor Who aired, their news site broke the news that Christopher Ecclestone was leaving at the end of the series. Earlier this year they ran a story confirming... Read More »

Self-publishing – Four Months In

Self-publishing – Four Months In

I pushed the ‘publish’ button on my first e-book way back in March. Other e-books followed in June and since then I’ve branched out from Kindle into iBooks and also the Kobo with the Nook to follow as soon as I figure out how. The first time you publ... Read More »

An Interview with Hugh Howey

An Interview with Hugh Howey

Hugh Howey wasn’t a name many were familiar with until his self-published book Wool went viral. Now on the best-seller charts across the planet, we sit down to find out what’s next for the Silo and find out how Hugh Howey’s writes and what he thinks... Read More »

Camp NaNoWriMo: Doing the Prepwork

Camp NaNoWriMo: Doing the Prepwork

On Monday, the last Camp NaNoWriMo of 2013 begins. You’ll have thirty days … okay and maybe one extra … to write something awesome. I’m on holiday but wanted leave some words of wisdom for those planning on joining me on the summer’s biggest novel-wr... Read More »

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