• Live in the now!

    A nice little cliché headline there for a long overdue post, but I get to quote Garth Algar, and also, I stand by it. So much could go wrong, it could all fall down around my ears and I may never see my books in print… but… and this is a big but… in fact, this is a Freddie Mercury screaming Fat Bottomed Girls sized but… right now, in this moment, I have two books being published next year, a potential third, a total of five novels signed and two publishers reading two more full manuscripts after liking the first three chapters. Nothing may come of the full requests but the fact I got two ‘fulls’ in the same week is pretty bloody exciting. Of course, Pessimistic Al is constantly whispering bollocks and trying to ruin it, but he’s a dick and we try not to listen to him.

    So here is where we currently stand…

    • The Book and the Blade – February 28th, 2023
    • Rock Zombie – sometime in early 2023
    • The Sword and the Hounds – signed
    • The Saint and the Shadowman – signed
    • I Draw the Line at ******* Vampires – signed
    • Albert the Great Australian Dragon – being read after a full request
    • The Djinn and the Dragoman – being read after a full request

    And then there are the books I haven’t yet sent into the wilderness…

    • The Last Witch in Brisbane – needs an edit
    • The Shadow in the Sands – writing, nearly finished
    • Won’t Someone Please Think of the Orcs – planning (will start writing for NaNoWriMO)

    So yep, it’s all pretty exciting right now.

    “But nothing will come of it, none of them will get published and you’ll be laughed at for even thinking you stood a chance of getting a book in print you talentless dickhead”

    Shut up, Pessimist Al. No one has time for your shit. Live in the now!


  • Meet me at the horse’s arse – inspiration

    “Where do you get your ideas from?” This is a question that crops up a lot when people find out I write silly little books. And when they actually read those books and realise just how bloody silly they are the question takes on a whole new inflection. No longer simply curious, more… concerned. “So, … Continue reading Meet me at the horse’s arse – inspiration

  • Smile like you mean it

    I’m broke, but I’m happy. I’m poor, but I’m kind. I’m not short, but I’m not particularly healthy either. For a few weeks now I’ve been living on a prayer and trying my hardest to keep the faith as I am not ready to go down in a blaze of glory just yet. I ain’t … Continue reading Smile like you mean it

  • [engaging headline to encourage people to read]

    I’ve always been fascinated by regression… going back to those things we find comfort in particularly when times are hard. There’s a psychological basis for it I’m sure but I won’t pretend to know what I’m talking about there. For me, it’s as simple as comfort food, comfort tv and comfort books. Last week I … Continue reading [engaging headline to encourage people to read]

  • All Hail Emperor Bezos and Bow Down Before the Amazon Overlords!

    There is no getting around it. Very soon I will have to get on my knees like everyone else in the world and beg for scraps at the feet of Emperor Bezos. As much as I would love The Book and the Blade to be 100% indie… only available in small shops with quirky cafes … Continue reading All Hail Emperor Bezos and Bow Down Before the Amazon Overlords!

  • I will eviscerate you in fiction!

    Every pimple, every character flaw. I was naked for a day; you will be naked for eternity. Geoffrey Chaucer (sort of) One of the fun things about writing a book you think pretty much no one will read is putting all your friends and family in there and ending their lives in new and imaginative ways. … Continue reading I will eviscerate you in fiction!

  • Zombies, ghosts and nunchucks. What shenaniganary is this?!

    Yes, that’s a word (maybe) A short post here, ladies and gents… I wrote a daft zombie story set in the 90s. A kid dies and comes back as a ghost while his body reanimates as a zombie. He then spends the night trying to summon his inner Patrick Swayze in order to stop the … Continue reading Zombies, ghosts and nunchucks. What shenaniganary is this?!

  • Ask me anything… (sort of)

    Well, ladies and gents, I’ve managed to get this website up and running and I’ve made sure all the links work (and go precisely where they’re meant to). So far, it’s all tip-top and shiny. So, I wanted to draw your attention to a couple of new links I added just now. These two… That’s … Continue reading Ask me anything… (sort of)

  • A spanking new website!

    Things are happening, folks! First of all, the countdown to the book release is on. At the time of writing, there are 149 days left! I also had an exceptionally cool meeting with my amazing editor yesterday but I can’t really dish the goss on that one yet other than to say she is a … Continue reading A spanking new website!

  • Judge a book by its cover!

    It has no doubt become abundantly clear to anyone who saved this website (and there are a few of you – sorry) that I’m absolutely rubbish at keeping it updated. Well, here’s one for you… The Book and the Blade has a cover! Remember, beautiful people… sharing is caring