23rd August 2020

Early drafts of novels are written for you, the writer, in order to get to know the story and especially your characters. Rarely does a published novel reflect a first or second draft, often entire chapters removed completely. A case in point is the chapter below, which never made the final cut of The Village…

24th May 2019

(also known as ‘Probably not the right way to write a trilogy, part 1’). THE HUNTED is the free prequel to THE DARKEST HAND trilogy. It’s intended to set the scene to the world of The Darkest Hand and primarily the main protagonist of the series, Inquisitor Poldek Tacit. I always thought of this seven…

9th August 2017

RIPPED is a novel that’s been hanging around since 2014. I wrote the first draft in a fevered rush after THE DAMNED had been picked up with my first publisher, Duckworth, riding high on hope and inspiration. In my eyes it was, and still is, the best thing I’ve ever written. So I was all…