My career in fiction

From a very young age I was a prolific writer, with a yearning to become a published author. One of my greatest blessings has been to achieve that ambition – but it didn’t come quickly or easily. First – like any writer – I needed to master my craft.

And I was blessed with every opportunity to do so…

A Spell… of trouble…

A Spell… of trouble…

In the very week Spell of Empire was due to be published by Orbit books - with two wonderful maps supplied by my supremely talented wife Rosemary - the world of publishing was rocked by an unexpected and (for them) catastrophic event. The strange and sudden death of...

And this one’s just for fun!

And this one’s just for fun!

Writing a joint novel – even with your best mate – can be challenging. And that’s putting it politely. There were times when we had really serious disagreements about key elements of the work. We’d almost come to blows over a particular scene in Ice King. But we’d...

The dragon comes home to roost…

The dragon comes home to roost…

I was 25, growing my first decent beard, and with a good income from my first job. Which meant I had the resources and the free time I needed to revisit my family and friends in Denmark. With a plan… That visit was another turning point in my life, because everyone...

Getting published…

Getting published…

In case you hadn't noticed, I'm fifty percent pure Viking. Danish mother. The tough variety... And that's something which has coloured almost everything in my life. Which is - yes - another blessing. It has also coloured the stuff I choose to write about. In...

The workshop of doom…

The workshop of doom…

So. Writers’ workshops. Blessing – or curse? Let’s face it, when you’re about to start, and you can see fellow writers metaphorically sharpening their scalpels, it does feel a bit like a scene from Gladiator. You know. ‘Morituri te salutant‘ – ‘Those who are about to...

A sharp critique – and an invaluable lesson

A sharp critique – and an invaluable lesson

On one, very special evening I learned a lesson that put me on the right path to becoming a published author. Another almost immeasurable blessing – and, I can honestly say, one of the key turning points in my life. Though it didn’t come without a sting in the tail…...

On becoming a writer

On becoming a writer

Becoming a storyteller has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. So how, exactly, did that happen? Somewhere in the house I have a page from a book lovingly preserved by my mother. It’s a page of questions, with my answers written in by hand. Name: Allan...