So. These guys ask if i'd be interested in doing an event on 13th May with some other Fantasy writers which involves a little light reading in a moody bar with flatteringly low light and the distinct possibility of free cocktails for the authors. And I say "Did you say free cocktails?" and they say "Uh huh. They're really good ones too...."

We shall see.

At least I think they were talking about the cocktails. It holds true for the other authors who'll be there too - Den Patrick, Rosie Best and Alex Bell.. 

Why not come on down and see how dry the Martinis are? Details are here:



Audiobooks are a big thing in our family: Domenica (  http://www.domenicamoregordon.com ) is an artist/illustrator/übermaker and always has one going in the studio as she works. You can’t write while listening to a book,  but  I listen to them on the ipod when walking the dog, and sometimes even when swimming. Getting the right voice is crucial, and we both have experience of listening to books that were great on the page but then got mangled by a duff performance, or simply the wrong kind of voice (I know, I know…it’s subjective. But there’s a kind of plummy and self-important– often American, weirdly – delivery that screams “I am now READING a BOOK” that makes me want to rip my ears off).

I read abridged versions of Stoneheart and Ironhand for the UK audiobooks, and so have a little first hand experience of how tough it is to keep up your energy page-on-page, and to inject meaning and dynamism AND  remain consistent in your voice-acting through a long day’s recording. Which is a long way of saying I’ve got nothing but respect for readers who not only do a good interpretative job, but who add substantial narrative value to the books they read. And so, I’m REALLY happy and lucky that Orbit got Simon Prebble (http://www.simonprebble.com) to do the audio of THE OVERSIGHT. He is one of those guys, in spades, and his voice has accompanied me reading other people’s work (Neal Stephenson in the main) up and down a lot of hills and along many miles of shoreline.  I think he’s done a really bang-up job on this one too and I'm really grateful for it.

You can sample his excellent work on the first two chapters (for free. FREE!) here:

MORE GIVEAWAYS (If You Come from A Land Down Under...)

Hachette Australia are giving away free (FREE!!) uncorrected (UNCORRECTED!!) proof copies of The Oversight if you retweet them before the 5th May. 

Clicking here might get you to the right spot to cop a hold of one of these incorrect things and would then allow you to indulge in much free spirited wonderment at how much the editing process cleans up my act...


(NB: Seems to be for Australs only...)

G'day and good luck.


MAY 2ND, EDINBURGH - BLACKWELLS  are having a Scottish pre-Launch party for The Oversight, which will involve the dangerously undignified prospect of me, in the wild, trying to untangle my own sentence structure while reading ominous and threatening passages from the new book.

Refreshments may be had, funny voices will not be attempted (that's left up to the pro on the audiobook, of which details will follow, and the reader of which I could not be more excited about, being a BIG fan of his previous work and all.. (See what I mean about the mangled sentence structure...)

Details and free (FREE!!!) tickets at 0131 622 8218

Digital refuseniks: Another one bites the dust

Close friend of mine in the publishing game was trying to make me get over the  whole Luddite don't-need-a-webpage-and-don't-have-the-time-because-I'm-writing-dammit thing and persuaded me thusly "it's just a billboard on the information superhighway. Just think of it like a poster where people can see your details". So, here it is, all fresh and peppy, a shiny new thing as you cruise past on the interwebs, stuck to wall with digital blu-tak...

Went for a clean look, figured it'll get dirtied up with time.