Terry Pratchett once wrote that if you are attempting to write fantasy, one of the most important things to do is to make sure that you do not just read fantasy as your literary diet.
The theory goes that no matter how fantastical your world, the laws that govern all elements of that world and the characters within it need to be believable. I couldn’t agree more. You will find moments from the war reporting of the Afghan conflict popping up in A Shadow Falls, and some of the political concepts in the series have been transposed from my studies of Medieval History.
Yet I also struggle to stay away from the genre as a source of relaxation. Although I enjoy crime fiction, it is to fantasy that as a reader I am continually drawn. I’m getting my fix at the moment rather belatedly from George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones. Having resisted the urge to dive into this story during the recent TV broadcast, I wanted to find out what all the fuss was about. Now I know – what a stunning narrative. As always, settling down with the book is infinitely more rewarding than following a TV script, though I have to say the series had me gripped too!
As for SOTE, this week I’m doing a final check on the trade paperback version of A Shadow Falls – looks lovely by the way and will be ready for you to purchase during October half term. I’m also editing the final three chapters of Sins of the Father. More to follow on the progress of Book Three next week.
Until next time, up the elves