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Author interview with Stephen Gregory



Author interview with Stephen Gregory

Author bio: 
Stephen Gregory (b. 1952) was born in Derby, England, and earned a degree in law from the University of London. He worked as a teacher for ten years in various places, including Wales, Algeria, and Sudan, before moving to the mountains of Snowdonia in Wales to write his first novel, The Cormorant (1986), which won Britain’s prestigious Somerset Maugham Award and drew comparisons to Poe. The book was also adapted for film as a BBC production starring Ralph Fiennes. Two more novels, both set in Wales, followed: The Woodwitch (1988) and The Blood of Angels (1994). After the publication of The Blood of Angels, he worked in Hollywood for a year with Oscar-winning director William Friedkin (The Exorcist). More recently, he has published The Perils and Dangers of this Night (2008), and his new novel, The Waking That Kills, will be published in late 2013.


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I’m Stephen Gregory, an Englishman living and working and writing in Brunei Darussalam in SE Asia.  I’ve been out here with my wife Chris for thirteen years – I teach English and French to cheerful, cheeky teenage girls in a local government school.  Our son Nick is here too and we have two grand-children in Thailand.  Brunei is a ‘tiny, oil-rich sultanate’ (it says in the guide-books) on the north coast of Borneo, hot and tropical, with everyday bright sunshine and torrential rains ... we have a little bungalow surrounded by bits of jungle, a backyard with snakes and monitor lizards and monkeys, and our two ‘local’ dogs Poppy and Marmite.  I get up at 5.30 and teach in the mornings, we take the dogs to the beach late afternoons, and in the evening (after it’s gone dark with the wailing of the mosque at 6.30) it’s time for a gin and tonic and then either stay in or go out and eat somewhere in the capital city Bandar Seri Begawan.  I write in the evenings too.

Starting to be a writer?  I was writing in my 20s when I was a young teacher in England and Algeria and Sudan, I published a few stories, and I was planning one day to escape and try writing properly full-time.  At last, after ten years’ teaching, I ran off to Snowdonia and rented a little cottage  ... and wrote THE CORMORANT.

Inspiration for WAKENING THE CROW?  It shares the bird-theme with THE WAKING THAT KILLS and really all my other books.  Ever since THE CORMORANT I’ve had some bird or other marvellous piece of wild nature as the iconic, symbolic centre of my writing ... whether it’s a toad or a fungus or a brittlestar, and more birds.  In THE WAKING THAT KILLS I had the amazing swifts, and in WAKENING THE CROW it’s a scraggy, sinister crow, discovered in the belfry of a church, which carries the spirit of Poe throughout the story ...

Selling the book in one sentence?  Another of my ‘fierce little novels’ (as one reviewer described my writing), ugly and beautiful, cruel and tender, original yes, but with the spark of Edgar Allen Poe glimmering throughout ...

Problems writing the book?  Not really, except maybe the 7,000 miles between me and my setting.  I mean, I was feeling homesick out here in sultry, steamy Borneo and decided to set my book in a freezing sub-zero January, in a nondescript town in the midlands of England ... a world away.          

So I especially enjoyed the iciness ... I’d be sitting in my writing-room here in Brunei with a nice swirly g & t, outside the darkness of the trees pressing around the house, and writing about the frozen fields of Long Eaton park, ice-skating in the open air, or else taking my little boat along the Trent & Mersey canal, crunching the bow of the boat through thin ice, with the cattle steaming in the frosty fields etc etc!  Delicious!

Retract anything?  Yes, I would always change this or that ... it goes for every one of my books, and things I do or say every day. 

Fears?  I draw my material from bad dreams and fragments of bad reality, from other books and films and newspapers.  Yes, I’ve drawn from my own experiences in my visions of horror, places I’ve been to and situations I’ve imagined in those places and situations.

I think people are drawn to a horror story with a lovely shivering anticipation of what’s lurking somewhere inside it ... there’s a delicious inevitability about the page-turning, the dread of what’s waiting on the next page or maybe the page after that ... the closer the story is to real life, a real place and situation, the more dreadful the expectation of horror ... that’s why I’ve set my stories in fairly ‘normal’ or ‘real’ places ... a seaside town, a school, an English suburb, a Welsh village ... where everyday people meet an extraordinary event which breaks them down ... 

I don’t know about boundaries and ‘keeping it clean’ when I’m writing a horror story.  Certainly the material I’ve touched on is quite unusual and some people find it disturbing ... Cormorant, Woodwitch, Blood of Angels, Perils and Dangers of this Night ... and some uncomfortable reading in Waking that Kills and yes in Wakening the Crow too ...

Other projects?  I have another new book, PLAGUE OF GULLS, to be published as an e-novel by Pigeonhole in January 2015 ... exciting and new and different.  Meanwhile, in USA, Valancourt are bringing out superb new paperback editions of THE CORMORANT, THE WOODWITCH and THE BLOOD OF ANGELS.  So, with Solaris doing THE WAKING THAT KILLS and WAKENING THE CROW, there’ll be six new publications out there.

My favourite books?  As a young reader I immersed myself in the deep, dark, natural worlds of Henry Williamson’s TARKA THE OTTER and SALAR THE SALMON, the woodlands and riverbanks and deep dark pools of the English countryside ... then it would be DH Lawrence’s WOMEN IN LOVE and LADY CHATTERLEY and THE FOX, again it’s the countryside really, and Thomas Hardy ... and a gem like WATERSHIP DOWN ... for something more modern and urban it would be Ian McEwan and Paul Auster ... and the best book of all books and simply unmatched by anyone ever, Malcolm Lowry’s UNDER THE VOLCANO.  

 A sneak peek of WAKENING THE CROW?  My muse, the evil genius of Poe ... it glimmers and gleams through my mean little story.         

Stephen Gregory
Brunei Darussalam, September 2015

Short Fiction Friday: Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza


Short Fiction Friday: Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza

The Wild Cards universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. In Carrie Vaughn’s “Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza,” ace Ana Cortez discovers that sometimes to be truly healed, you must return to your roots.

There is one universe where I just cannot get enough of is the Wild Cards universe. So far there have been published over 20 books in this world and numerous short stories written by the different authors. The latest book Lowball, Wild Cards #22 will be published next month and just to get in the reading mode I picked up this recently release short story by Carrie Vaughn

Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza picks up after the events of the TV show American Hero which was the first storyline in the reboot series of Wild Cards and started with Inside Straight. Due to the publicity that the Aces got on the TV show they were assembled in a special team to quell some threats in Egypt. Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza shows the "aftermath" of it and raises some important questions for me. Because in the end aren't we all human? 

The story focuses on the Ace Ana Cortez who goes by the handle of Earth Witch, her Ace powers allow her to manipulate Earth, creating holes in an instant or raising pillars just to name a few. After the events of Egypt Ana is stricken by the horrific scenes that she witnessed and things that she did with her own two hands and she seeks help and guidance by from God. Should she continue in the way that she is or should she swear of her powers? What is the best direction for her. She get the advice to stop using her Ace power as it is evil. Upon returning home she has her first real conversation with her father about her powers and convinces her to visit her grandmother in the Mexican desert. From this point onwards I will stop talking about the storyline as you will be in for quite a few surprises. 


I really enjoyed this Wild Cards story as Carrie Vaughn plays very well into the make believes and the stereotypes of the Aces that the general population has. In many ways the Aces get a lot of praise but other would only care to see them removed from the picture and see them as freaks. It was great to see this brought to the front and more so by the personal emotions that Ana has about whether her powers are for good. I in particular enjoyed the confrontation between her and her grandmother and the things she learned and to which conclusions she came in the end. Carrie Vaughn has created a very powerful emotional story in these few pages. 

Yesterday saw the release of the upcoming Age of Ultron movie, to be honest I am not impressed. All the current superhero adaptions are the same, I watched the first episode of The Flash and was underawed as well. Now what could bring a refreshing voice to this genre would be an adaptation of Wild Cards. I vote in favor! gogo.

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Author interview Mark Charan Newton


Author interview Mark Charan Newton


Author bio: 
Mark Charan Newton was born in 1981, and holds a degree in Environmental Science. After working in bookselling, he moved into editorial positions at imprints covering film and media tie-in fiction, and later, science fiction and fantasy. He currently lives and works in Nottingham. His major label debut is Nights of Villjamur, which is published by Tor UK (Pan Macmillan) and Bantam Spectra (Random House).





Hi Mark, welcome over at The Book Plank and for taking your time to answer these few questions for us. 


BP: First off, could you give us a short introduction as to who Mark Charan Newton is? What do you like to do in your spare time, what are your likes and dislikes?

MN: With the risk of this sounding like a dating profile, I’m a 33 year old who lives in Nottingham. In my spare time I run a whisky blog (malt-review.com) and spend a lot of time on my allotment. Likes include tweed, reading and exploring the countryside.



BP: You have been writing for a while now, do you still know the moment when and where you decided that you wanted to write a book?

MN: Sort of. I was working in bookselling and picked up The Scar, by China Miéville  one day when browsing the shelves. I thought the cover looked cool, and was immediately gripped by an aesthetic intensity I’d not experienced before. I wanted to write something of that sub-genre, whatever it really was at the time, as there was nothing else like it. Even though I’d dabbled with the odd bit of prose, that was the moment I decided to take it more seriously. But it was a long road to publication.



BP: Lucan Drakenfeld is your latest series which got published last year, what gave you the idea behind the series?

MN: A mixture of things, really. A sense of excess of blood and death in epic fantasy, which seemed – to me – to not be justified well enough. I wondered if I could write a series that involved a protagonist for whom death was something to loathe. To make him a detective character seemed obvious, and to make the setting inspired by Ancient Rome fitted in with my love of history.



BP: You are well known from your Legends of the Red Sun series, did you gain any valuable experience that you used when you were writing Lucan Drakenfeld?

MN: Every book is a learning curve. In particular I learnt a more considered style of writing, a simpler form of storytelling. For me, though, it’s often hard to say what I improve on – I know I’m getting better with each book, but it’s a more abstract process to describe.



BP: Starting up a new series is a hard task, how did you go about and plan it?

MN: Every writer is different, and finds different parts of the process challenging. This time around I first fleshed out the politics of the world and the various nations before I put pen to paper. Normally I tend to write a little, then plan a little, to almost feel my way around a world as I’m writing it. But for Drakenfeld I had to have a lot prepared beforehand.



BP: With Drakenfeld being so well received did it add any pressure when you were writing the sequel, Retribution?

MN: Not especially. I’d written most of it when reviews were coming in! But generally speaking I’m not one to get attached to positive reviews. Like many writers, we focus on the negative ones…



BP: Retribution will be released on the 23rd of October, if you would have to sell it with a single sentence how would it go?

MN: A serial killer begins taking down high-profile members of a classically inspired city. 



BP: Did you encounter any specific problems when you were writing the Lucan Drakenfeld books?

MN: I was writing in first person prose for the very first time, and that look a little getting used to, but it soon began to feel natural enough.



BP: What has been the hardest part in writing Lucan Drakenfeld so far?

MN: Being in a single character’s head for so long can be tough, especially since I used to jump from multiple POVs. The character has required a lot more focus from me.



BP:  Besides the hardest part, which chapter/scene/character did you enjoy writing about the most?

MN: There’s a character called Senator Veron, who had quite a nice sense of humour. Given Drakenfeld is largely a serious character, with a serious purpose, Veron provided a lot of comic relief for me.



BP: Lucan Drakenfeld has some historical influences from the roman times, did you have to carry out any additional research when you were writing either Drakenfeld or Retribution?

MN: I used ancient worlds as the building blocks of the world in which Drakenfeld is set, so I basically binged on ancient texts or biographies of Roman figures. It was more a process of absorbing what I could and repurposing that in a new creative expression, reconfiguring it to the story’s needs. So… lots of research, but nothing specific, if you see what I mean.



BP: If you would be able to retract Retribution and change one final thing would you do so? If yes, which part and why?

MN: No writer would be 100% happy with the book they’ve put out there, but I’ve grown used to accepting that I can’t change anything once it’s ready for publication!



BP: Everyone enjoys science fiction and fantasy in his or her own way, what do you like most about it?

MN: When I was younger I would say something about its abilities to comment on the real world in unique ways, and that still stands true today. But more important today is that desire to escape. SFF flexes a mental muscle that other genres can’t quite seem to do.



BP: Retribution is the second book in the Lucan Drakenfeld series, have you already mapped out how many volumes the series will run?

MN: I’m not really one to talk about future projects, especially as you never quite know what’s around the corner, but I’ve got plenty of plans and schemes. There is, however, a short story coming out in August featuring Lucan Drakenfeld. It’s called “The Messenger”.



BP: Do you have any other projects that you wish to pursue in the near future besides Lucan Drakenfeld?

MN: Plenty of ideas, yes. I’d like to dabble in slightly different sub-genres and maybe even one day whole new genres. Writing for so long in the same setting – without any break – is quite mentally exhausting. 



BP:  If you would have to name your top 5 favourite books, which would they be?

MN: Oh they change all the time. I’m pretty useless at being able to pin down what they’d be, but going from instant recollection of favorites, they’d include Underworld by Don DeLillo, the Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell and Notes from Walnut Tree Farm by Roger Deakin.



BP: and just lastly, can you tell us a bit about what Lucan Drakenfeld is about and what we can expect in the Retribution and the books to follow?

MN: What Lucan Drakenfeld is about? Well, both him – and the series – are experiments to see if good characters can be interesting and complex too, whilst exploring the fringes of genres: fantasy, crime and history. Retribution goes a little deeper into this, but with a much darker storyline – as I mentioned earlier it features a serial killer and attempts to look at some moral grey areas.



BP: thank you very much for your time Mark, I am looking forward to reading Retribution!


Book Review: Barricade

Barricade by Jon Wallace

Kenstibec is a member of the Ficial race, a breed of merciless super-humans. Their war on humanity has left Britain a wasteland, where Ficials hide in barricaded cities, besieged by tribes of human survivors. Originally optimised for construction, Kenstibec earns his keep as a taxi driver, running any Ficial who will pay from one surrounded city to another. The trips are always eventful, but this will be his toughest yet. His fare is a narcissistic journalist who's touchy about her luggage. His human guide is constantly plotting to kill him. And that's just the start of his troubles.

Barricade is another of the many debuts that Gollancz is bringer to you this year, so far they have kept on delivering some very great reads: The Boy with the Porcelain Blade, The Incorruptibles, The Seventh Miss Hatfield. These all were very strong and Barricade is no exception. When you look at the current Science Fiction genre a lot is published in the Space Opera category, Barricade takes place on our own planet Earth in a very unique setting. When I first read the synopsis of Barricade with Kenstibec being a taxi driver and hi being a Ficial I had to think of the movie Driving Miss Daisy, but just a few pages in Jon Wallace made me abandon this as his vision by first of the future that he envisions and everything accompanied and by the protagonist and said taxi driver Kenstibec. Barricade is Jon Wallace's debut and I do have to say if he continues this way, he will be a force to be reckoned with, Barricade is a provocative nail biting reading experience.

Barricade is a story about Ficials and Reals. Ficials are man-made android like beings. The world was coming to an end as we know it, lands didn't produce any crops, seas became poisonous, cattle got infected and much more, life couldn't go on. As a last resort mankind made the Ficials, and stuff you only see in movies like the created turning on the creator became a realization and the Ficials turned on mankind. A terrible war was the results and in the end the Ficials build barricaded cities for their kind to live in. These cities are being constantly assaulted the remaining survivors of mankind, the Reals. 

The focus in Barricade is on Kenstibec a Ficial, originally designed to be a construction worker but now has a job as an taxi driver. But not in the barricaded cities, no his job sees much more action as he transports Ficial from city to city, which is a tough job to say the least and he sees a lot of action. His earlier jobs can all be said that they weren't without any hassle, but with his current job it might all be considered peanuts as he now has to traverse a lot of ground through some very hostile area's. His current job entails of transporting a journalist Ficial, Starvie to another barricade but this is a dangerous job and against Kenstibec's believes he has to call in the help of a Real to help them pass several crucial points. They do find one person suited for the job, a Real called Fatty, but as it becomes apparent to Fatty, they need his help and this allows him to name some terms for himself as well... All in all this ride will be one that Kenstibec hadn't dared to dream of in many a years. Next to this part of Barricade which takes place in the current timeline, there is, behind each chapter, a secondary storyline that focuses on showing several events that happened prior to the apocalypse. This really build a nice scene surrounding the story of Barricade and even though the pages are spare gave a well rounded story. 

One thing that I liked in particular about Barricade was the way that Jon Wallace told his story. It was done from the perspective of Kenstibec but not while he is on foot, he is exploring, no showing you the world through his cab, as one part. While Kenstibec and co. are travelling across the deserted wastelands I could perfectly envision just how desolate the landscape must have been in this dystopian Britain. Added to this comes when they do venture outside of the taxi and into the city Jon Wallace paints them just as grim as the outside. The whole feeling of the grim world that is painted is further bolstered by the alternating storyline that is set in the past, this gives much more explanation of some things that you see in the current day storyline. Jon Wallace shows that he has some very nice skills in building his world. 

The characters that you meet in Barricade are both from the Ficial and Real side and it was nice to see perspective on the current situation from these two sides. The Ficial side is represented by the main protagonist Kenstibec, ex-construction worker and now taxi driver. He is really a piece of work. He is by far a jolly happy guy, Kenstibec is more like a pessimist when it comes to his view on the world. He doesn't really care about anything besides himself and his taxi. His current work and passion. Kenstibec has a dark sense of humor, that will raise your eyebrow on more than one occasion. Or at least it did so for me. I think a lot of readers will find it hard to connect with him but despite his personality that will make you hate him, he does have his charms, especially when you see him in the setting of the book. Another Ficial that you see is the now-journalist ex-pleasure girl Starvie. Given what her prior job was and how she "turned-out" I can only just sympathize with how she turned out, she was made as a pleasure worker but even Ficials have their own will. One interesting perspective is offered by the Real, Fatty, that Kenstibec requires to get him through some hostile Real areas. Fatty suffers from a disease and Kenstibec therefore thought that he could use him. he has only a few weeks left to live, but here comes the with of Fatty into play, he doesn't give his help away that easily. All along the way Fatty is subject to the snide remarks of the Ficials but he doesn't give in and goes against the grain, pretty cool to see that there were some tensions going on but non that escalated. 

If I take into account the world and the characters that inhabit it, I cannot say anything more than that I am impressed and that Jon Wallace has written a very strong debut. The whole setting of this dystopian Britian, mankind has just destroyed itself, it's really is rise of the machines. Many apocalypse themes have come and gone but Jon Wallace really introduces a fresh one to the front and shows it in a unique way, not by a lone wolf trekking from settlement to settlement but by a taxi driver of the most interesting kind. Too bad Barricade is such a short read, I hope that Jon Wallace will explore this world of his much more. The ending does readily invite it!

Author interview with Angus Watson



 Author interview with Angus Watson

Author bio:
In his twenties, Angus Watson’s jobs ranged from forklift truck driver to investment banker. He spent his thirties on various assignments as a freelance writer, including looking for Bigfoot in the USA for the Telegraph, diving on the scuppered German fleet at Scapa Flow for the Financial Times and swimming with sea lions off the Galapagos Islands for the Times. Now entering his forties, Angus lives in London with his wife Nicola and baby son Charlie. As a fan of both historical fiction and epic fantasy, he came up with the idea of writing a fantasy set in the Iron Age when exploring British hillforts for the Telegraph, and developed the story while walking Britain’s ancient paths for further articles.


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Hi Angus, welcome over at The Book Plank and for taking your time to answer these few questions for us

BP: First off, could you give us a short introduction as to who Angus Watson is? What are your hobbies, likes and dislikes?
AW: I’m a married 41 year old with 10 month old baby, two cats and a dog who lives in west London next to the Thames. I get excited as a puppy about going on walks and don’t really mind where it is – hiking in the Alps in summer or a short stroll through the suburbs of Stoke on Trent, it’s all good to me. I’ve recently become a keen photographer and particularly like taking photographs in the various deserts and national parks near Las Vegas, when I can get there. Deserts are good because without much foliage it’s easier to spot the animals, and the animals tend to be weird. I used to love video games, but no longer have time for these (see first sentence in this answer).

BP: Age of Iron is your debut into fantasy fiction, when and where did you decide that you wanted to become an author?
AW: I’ve wanted to be a writer as long as I can remember. I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing, but my chief driver is probably that I don’t like commuting, bosses or office hours.

BP: Writing a debut is daunting task, how did you went about it and plan it?
AW: I started. Planning came later.

BP: What gave you the idea behind the story of Age of Iron?
AW: It was a combination of many factors, but there were two main annoyances which fueled the story. One is that we know nothing about the sophisticated, busy times in Britain before the Romans came two thousand years ago. It’s a stupid thing to be annoyed about, because we can’t learn history that we have no record of, but it does bug me that we don’t even give it a go, and history is taught as if the things we know about are the only things that ever happened. Secondly, and similarly, is the fact that Caesar unsuccessfully invaded Britain twice, leaving with no profit or any benefit, and after that the Romans didn’t come back for a hundred years, yet historians accept the only account, his, that says it was all a massive Roman victory. Bollocks to that, I say. So I wrote a trilogy explaining what really happened.
The other point is that there are loads of Iron Age hillforts sitting around massively in the British countryside, and I wondered what they were and what happened there and thought other people would want to know too.

BP: Age of Iron was released last  August, if you would have to sell it with a single sentence how would it go?
AW: Age of Iron is first in a trilogy in which a lazy warrior, a crazy, beautiful archer and strange little girl join forces to unite Britain and defend it against Julius Caesar’s legions and the terrifying forces of dark Roman magic.
BP: Age of Iron has a definite historical feel to it, just the cover alone says enough.  Did you have to carry out additional research for your book?
AW: Luckily there’s not much you can research about the British Iron Age since they didn’t write, and any oral histories and cultural traces were wiped out by 400 years of Roman occupation, then the Dark Ages, etc.. So I read everything there is to read, which is not a lot, visited museums and hillforts and walked a few ancient tracks. For the next couple of books, when the Romans get involved, I did a lot more book based research because there are thousands of books about the Romans.

BP: Did you encounter any specific problems so far in writing Age of Iron?
AW: When I started the book, I had no wife, son or animals. Although I love all of these and would not change a thing, they don’t help with the sitting at the desk and writing part of writing.

BP: What has been the hardest part in writing Age of Iron?
AW: The niggling notion that everything I’m writing is steaming pile of crap. That’s why I write mostly in the mornings. After lunch I become too paranoid and self critical.

BP: Besides the hardest part, which chapter/scene did you enjoy writing about the most?
AW: The end. It’s not horrible writing a book, but it is draining and it takes a long time, so finishing a book is like coming home from a brilliantly fun holiday that went on a little too long. Scenes I enjoyed writing included Dug’s first conversation with Spring when she realizes that they are kindred spirits even if he doesn’t, when Dug meets Lowa and rescues her with Spring’s help, and Lowa’s fight against the chariot.

BP: If you would be given the chance to retract Age of Iron and make one final adjustment, would you do so? If yes, which parts and why?
AW: I can always edit anything so I’d change pretty much every word. If I had my way my first book would never be published and I’d just carry on tweaking it. I know that’s not a satisfying answer, but since I can’t change it now, I don’t want to think about how a major change could make it better, because I might realize and that would be depressing.

BP: Age of Iron is the first in a trilogy, do you have any other plans or projects that you wish to pursue in the near future?
AW: When I’ve finished the third book I’d like to catch up on my photography. I have a few massive photography and Photoshop text books to read, a lens that I haven’t even tried yet and I’m about six months behind on looking at the photos I’ve taken and putting them through Photoshop. Photoshop is a little annoying, since once you discover that pretty much every photo can be improved, you have to use it for every photo. On the plus side, it means you keep far fewer photos so you’re left with maybe thirty good shots from a day’s photography rather than a billion that you’ll never look at again.

BP: Everyone enjoys science fiction and fantasy in their own way, what do you like most about it?
AW: I think I like if for the same reason as a lot of people – the freedom and the joy of imagination.

BP: If you would have to give your top 5 favorite books, which would they be?
AW: Impossible to say, but the first that come to mind are Watership Down, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,  Brazzaville Beach, and pretty much any of the Master and Commander or Flashman series.

BP: And just lastly, can you give us a sneak peak as to what will be in store for the readers of Age of Iron series and possibly the direction of a possible sequel?
AW: In book two of this series some of the characters have adventures in Gaul and Rome, but there are bigger problems at home, which require a massive, destructive solution.
What I do when I’ve finished the trilogy depends on how it’s received. If nobody reads it, I’ll look for bar work or possibly start up a car washing company. If it goes well, I may take some of the surviving characters across to prehistoric America to have a look at the animals and culture and possibly get involved in the massive war between humans and something else that took place there two thousand years ago (not really, but I’ll make one up).

BP: Thank you for your time Angus and good luck with your future writing!