Categories
Uncategorized
Categories
Uncategorized

Originally posted on Daniel Ingram-Brown:
(…and do you intentionally collaborate with anyone in putting together the plot and its redrafts?) This question has made me think a lot! In terms of muses and influences, I’m not sure I’m particularly planned. Some people consume thier culture with precision, knowing exactly what ‘their thing’ is and following all…

Categories
Uncategorized

Originally posted on Daniel Ingram-Brown:
Yes, but not yet. At the moment I need to focus on writing for children and become known for doing so. Audiences (and publishers) like to know what to expect, and to change to quickly would confuse things. In some ways that’s a pragmatic decision about building a recognisable ‘brand’,…

Categories
Uncategorized

Originally posted on Daniel Ingram-Brown:
Good question! Sometimes, as with Mr Bumbler or Grizelda, it’s just because I like the sound of the name and I think it fits the character. Mostly though there’s some meaning behind my characters’ names. As Rise of the Shadow Stealers is a story about stories and story characters, some…

Categories
Illustrations

Shadow Stealer Characters: Fletcher and Scoop

“Depending on your department, you will either work alone with your guide or be partnered with another student. Apprentice Heroes, for instance, work solo, without friends and against all the odds. Apprentice Adventurers, however, must work in pairs – for a Quest will never succeed without the strength of companionship and camaraderie.”

Categories
FAQs Answers

What unique disciplines do you need when writing for children?

Perhaps the most obvious one is enjoying reading children’s literature yourself. Personally I love kid’s books! Because of this, I’m not really writing for children (although, of course, you do keep your audience in mind, especially in the later drafts) I’m just writing the sort of stories I love to read. Why do I love […]

Categories
FAQs Answers

Would you ever consider writing a book aimed entirely at adults?

Yes, but not yet. At the moment I need to focus on writing for children and become known for doing so. Audiences (and publishers) like to know what to expect, and to change to quickly would confuse things. In some ways that’s a pragmatic decision about building a recognisable ‘brand’, but also I love writing […]

Categories
FAQs Answers

Who are your favourite muses and influences…

(…and do you intentionally collaborate with anyone in putting together the plot and its redrafts?) This question has made me think a lot! In terms of muses and influences, I’m not sure I’m particularly planned. Some people consume thier culture with precision, knowing exactly what ‘their thing’ is and following all the logical connections. I’m more […]

Categories
FAQs Answers

How do you write?

(i.e. in disciplined chunks of so many words a day or as the story flows.) It tends to be seasonal – there are times when I focus on writing and try to minimise other work (often I kick this off by going away for a few days). In those times I tend to be pretty […]

Categories
FAQs Answers

How do you decide character names?

Good question! Sometimes, as with Mr Bumbler or Grizelda, it’s just because I like the sound of the name and I think it fits the character. Mostly though there’s some meaning behind my characters’ names. As Rise of the Shadow Stealers is a story about stories and story characters, some of the names play with […]