I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have written to me via this website. I’ve been truly surprised and delighted to read all your comments, thoughts and good wishes. I’ve endeavoured to answer your questions as best I can! And I wanted to apologize if you’ve contacted me and not received a reply. Sometimes my ISP has returned my replies to you, saying that the address I’m sending to is not recognized. So do try again!
Prisoner of Ironsea Tower
The mass-market edition of Book Two of The Tears of Artamon (UK edition) is now available at £6.99. It also contains the first two chapters of Children of the Serpent Gate! The US mass-market edition follows in June 2005. Visit the books section for more information.
Children of the Serpent Gate
Book Three of the Tears of Artamon, Children of the Serpent Gate is now scheduled to come out in October 2005 from Transworld UK and Bantam Spectra US. Read the First Chapter here.
WORLDCON 2005 GLASGOW
I’m planning to be at the exciting INTERACTION (World Science Fiction Convention) in Glasgow in August 2005 and hope to have the chance to meet some of you there. I’ll post other appearances before August here soon.
I’ve just delivered Prisoner of Ironsea Tower to Simon Taylor in the UK and Prisoner of the Iron Tower to Anne Groell in the US, so book two of The Tears of Artamon will have different titles on either side of the water!
And my new short story, ‘Divina’, has been published in UK genre magazine ‘Interzone’. It’s set in the world of Bel’Esstar, though many years later than Songspinners. Like all the Bel’Esstar stories, ‘Divina’ is set in the world of music, opera and singers.
The idea for Lord of Snow and Shadows came to me some years ago with the single vivid image of a young man and a girl rescuing an injured owl in a snowy forest. Blood on the snow, wild golden eyes of a frightened creature, the towers of a haunted kastel looming behind them… All I knew at that moment was that the young man’s life was tainted by a terrible family secret and that the girl, Kiukiu, was a servant in his household. That single image led to the slow unravelling of the story of Gavril Nagarian – and his dark inheritance.
The discovery of the music of Reinhold Glière helped to shape the story in its early stages. His music to the Azeri folk legend ‘Shakh-Senem’ with its driving rhythms, evoked the wild, ghost-haunted moorlands of Azhkendir; ‘The Bronze Horseman’, by contrast, brought Mirom, capital of Muscobar to life, with its broad river and elegant Winter Palace. Memories of Russian hero legends first encountered in childhood were revived with Glière’s Third Symphony and inspired the creation of the Drakhaon’s fierce Azhkendi bodyguard, the druzhina.
Lord of Snow and Shadows (Book One of The Tears of Artamon) grew from these little seeds into a fantasy saga of empire and thwarted ambition, enchantment and madness. In Azhkendir, the remote mountain kingdom he inherits from the father he never knew, Gavril encounters scientists and shamans, spies and sorcerers. And, haunting his every move, is the daemon-spirit he comes to know as the Drakhaoul.
I’ve just delivered Prisoner of the Ironsea Tower (Book Two of The Tears of Artamon) and I’m starting to plot the intricacies of Book Three. I’m still having the greatest fun imaginable following the tortuous destinies and the loves and losses of Gavril and Kiukiu!