Book Launch: LIBERTY BOY Marketing Writing

New release time! LIBERTY BOY is available now for $3.99 from Amazon US | UK | CA (and all the rest too). It’s the first book in a new series, and the first I’ve set in my home country of Ireland – specifically, in the aftermath of Robert Emmet’s failed 1803 Rising. The wonderful cover was done by my very talented sister – Kate Gaughran – and a huge thanks to her for that. Before I get into the background, here’s what Liberty Boy is about: Dublin has been on a knife-edge since the failed rebellion in July, and Jimmy O"Flaherty suspects a newcomer to The Liberties–Kitty Doyle–is mixed up in it. She accuses him of spying for the English, and he Read More…

Bacon, Booze and Books: What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank Resources Writing

When I first heard about What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank: A Fantasy Lover’s Food Guide I knew it was going to be brilliant. The concept alone demanded it – which I had heard about a few months beforehand. I’m in a writers’ group with Krista D. Ball, and when she explained what she was working on, I wasn’t alone at being filled with a mixture of excitement and envy. I wasn’t jealous because I could have written this book – I couldn’t have – but because it’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime fantastic ideas that you know is going to be a huge hit. What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank is a writers’ guide, a cookbook, and a history of food all rolled Read More…

Exclusive: Chapter 3 of A Storm Hits Valparaíso

The best piece of writing advice I ever received was write the book you want to read. The kind of books I love have a huge cast of characters, often starting in completely separate, exotic locations, whose narrative strands gradually interweave. I think readers – of any genre – like some kind of puzzle in the story. They like figuring out where things are going to go next. One of the writer’s jobs is to give them enough information here and there, and then pull the rug out from under their feet. If you do it too often though, you will piss them off. But if it’s all predictable, it will get boring too. This tension is one of many Read More…