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Escalion Cover Breakdown


Thought you folks might enjoy this- a breakdown of how the wonderful Phanuchanat Chareonsap and I put together the cover for The Clouds of Escalion. It’s been about six months since the second book launched, and I’m still overawed by the cover sometimes.

Here is our process- from tiny thumbnail in my omnipresent notebook to loose sketches and eventually final painting. Slightly attached to that notebook- in addition to the cover sketches for Escalion, it also contains pages and pages of notes from editing Children of the Crater in 2013, the as yet unreleased Tales from Aquis and a whole host of other illustrations.

Deleted Scenes- a snippet from The Clouds of Escalion

While writing, I never really erase anything in its entirety- If a section needs to be taken out I generally save it in a separate document of deleted scenes. Sometimes they get worked in or salvaged later, but many do not.

The Clouds of Escalion has over 8,000 words of deleted scenes that popped up in that way- including an entirely different opening chapter. The book went through a lot of restructuring in the early days of writing, and sometimes I would remove entire pages of text if I found a better way of working through a scene.

While writing Tales from Aquis, I had a look back through the deleted scenes archive as I was in there anyway- and thought I would share the following snippet of Fenrir and Bragi discussing the longhouse.

“I never did tell you what my ability was, did I Fenrir?”

He paused for a moment, lighting a long pipe that emerged from a small chest in the corner.

“The longhouse and I are connected in a way that defies explanation. While one of us exists, the other cannot die. If you burned this building to the ground right now another would take its place, so long as I lived. Likewise, I cannot die while this building holds together. The moment those men destroyed the longhouse, I felt drawn to this place, as I do whenever I leave. The impulsion is strong; I am shackled here more strongly than you can imagine.”

Incidentally, chapter six of Tales from Aquis is now complete. The manuscript is already approaching the 25,000 word mark; it’s been quite the train ride.

Aquis Progress and Odin Statue

Odin StatueA new render of Odin’s statue. I’ve been brushing up my portfolio a bit, and shiny new renders were in order. He looks unwaveringly badass in this one.

My time seems to all go into writing and 3D artwork these days; and what a lot of it I have been working on. Tales from Aquis might well end up being my longest novel yet. I’m aiming for about 100,000 words, if I have my way.

Writing progress on that has accelerated recently; I’ve been carving through the sixth chapter with my eyes already on the seventh.

New announcements are inbound, as always- keep your ears peeled and your eyes bloody.

The Clouds of Escalion is out!

You heard that right. I recently returned from the event Magic Oxygen Publishing were doing, and it is glorious to hold a physical copy of my second book in my hands. The talk I gave, along with my wonderful editor Izzy Robertson at the event, was recorded and with luck I will be posting a link to that in a few days.

The Clouds of Escalion is now available. That’s right, there are two books with my name on them sitting on store shelves.


The hilarious thing about such events is that I leave them so energised for writing the next book that I am trapped in an eternal loop, continuing to write until I die, or mankind runs out of resources, or all the stars go out. Oh well, I can at least enjoy the ride. Go find the book, give it a whirl, and please remember to maintain regular breathing throughout. Human bodies generally need that oxygen thing to survive, and I don’t want anyone passing out and dying before the finale. That would be sub-optimal.


The Adventures of an Author and Editor talk, March 26th

Book launch is almost upon us, folks. On launch day for The Clouds of Escalion, I will be at the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize in Lyme Regis. As well as having a stall and generally being around for book signings and light conversation, I will be on stage for a talk-

The Adventures of an Author and Editor: How to Breathe Convincing Life into a Dystopian Sci-fi Adventure

3.00-3-15pm, Saturday 26th of March 2016
Woodmead Halls – Hill Road, Lyme Regis DT7 3PG, United Kingdom

More information about the event, which is free by the way, is over here. The event will be livestreamed for those in more distant regions of the world, so keep an eye on the link above for a link on the day. This marks my second public appearance as an author, so sort of a big deal. I hope to see some of you there!

The Clouds of Escalion- March 26th, 2016


Ah, the whole family. Soon, we shall have our vice. The Clouds of Escalion will be flying onto shelves on the 26th of March. Last night I performed the final touches; a dedication and summaries. I finally had to decide on a title for the series, something I had been mulling over for a while- and I am proud to present The Dragon Creek Series to the world.

Much excitement. Very reading.

The Clouds of Escalion is Complete!

The Clouds of Escalion has just had its final proofread from me- and is off with Magic Oxygen Publishing. My second book is now, at least so far as the text is concerned, complete. Ah, I cannot wait to hold the first physical copy in my hand.

Anyhow, I am about to mount a large expedition across Western Europe with my partner Leah, so that is rather exciting. Three weeks, adventuring across France and Italy. Much excitement, very hype.

Cover Unveiling- The Clouds of Escalion

It is indeed that time! As promised, the official cover for The Clouds of Escalion. This one was painted by myself and Phanuchanat Charoensap, who you may remember from the A Cloak of Glass cover. She and I painted this one together over several months, bouncing it back and forth across the internet.TheCloudsOfEscalionCover

The Clouds of Escalion is of course the sequel to my first novel, Children of the Crater, which was released in 2014.
Escalion is all but done; I am about two thirds of the way through the final proof read before it is sent off to Magic Oxygen for formatting and printing. And of course, this coming March you folks will be able to read it for yourselves. Who is that mysterious girl on the cover? All will be made clear.

New book oncoming- The Clouds of Escalion- March 2016

You heard that right!
In March 2016, there will be a new book on the shelves with my name on it-
The Clouds of Escalion, the long-teased sequel to 2014’s Children of the Crater.

She could sense it, out there in the greater world. A power so large and horrific it sent chills down her spine to even think of it. It was manifold darkness, two faces that screamed into the night as they awoke. She could almost feel the storm brewing on that distant horizon, the clouds blacking out the stars one by one.

I will be officially unveiling the cover of my new dystopian adventure right here on next Saturday (24th October); Phanuchanat and I have worked many a long hour on it. For now here is a poster to keep you salivating.
For a long time, the progress bars on have featured a project simply marked “????” which I am pleased to announce has in fact been The Clouds of Escalion in disguise. The text is pretty much finished; I got it back from Magic Oxygen’s wonderful editor Izzy recently and I am in the midst of the final proof read. I started writing this one back in April 2014, just before the launch of Children of the Crater, and I think it really benefitted from the additional experience I had by that point.

I hope you folks will have as much fun reading it as I had writing it!

New Website and New Announcements

I have a new website! My floating island of mysteries and crazy stuff is now located at
If you are already here, welcome to the new site! I have some big announcements to make regarding future book launches, which you can expect on Saturday the 17th of October. Exciting, eh?

Write it in your calendar. Or your almanac. Or whatever it is that people measure their days with in this century.