Alt Fiction

Alt Fiction ( I will be there this year. In fact I’m even giving up attending the Youth and Student Labour Leadership event in London in order to be there. That’s how committed I am to this writing thing. Nothing trumps it, not even politics.

I’ll be doing a couple of podcasts and a panel, so if there’s anyone around who would like to see me talk learnedly about whatever the heck the panel is about then do come along. I may not talk learnedly, though, I might just talk. But it should be good!

And if anyone has any books they want signing them bring those along too. I like signing books for people – it makes me feel important. So make my day. And if you ask me nicely I may give you a Jaffa Cake. I always have Jaffa Cakes with me at these things because conventions and literary festivals always give me the munchies for some reason and, as every ex-student knows, nothing fixes that better than a big tube of Jaffa Cakes.

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Mystery Superhero!

Mystery Hero

When I was about six years old, I was at a car boot sale with my parents when I spotted this really cool action figure amongst a whole load of other second hand toys. I thought she was awesome – the sort of hero I could see beating my brother’s superman and batman figures in a fight (Barbie wasn’t really a fair adversary seeing as she was about five times as big as Superman).

My Mum bought her for me and she became one of my favourite toys, but the thing that’s always bugged me is that I don’t know where she’s from. Since I got her second hand, she didn’t come in a box, and so I never knew what her name was, or what her powers were supposed to be. I always assumed that she was a comic book hero, but I’ve never been able to place her, nor has my brother, despite being much more knowlegeable about the universes of DC Comics and Marvel than I am.

I suppose it’s possible that she isn’t a comic book superhero at all, but she really has that look about her to me. If she is a comic book hero (or villain?) then she’s obviously not a well known one. I should probably also add that when I first got her she had a big disc thing attached to her back. I’m fairly sure it was orange and that it had a kind of fire/lightning pattern around it. Unfortunately, I pulled this off as soon as I got her back home because I thought it got in the way of her red hair, and I have now, of course, lost it. I would really love to know who she is, so if anyone has any ideas then please share! Even better – you can tell me that this is some sort of limited edition, immensely rare, ludicrously valuable action figure (if only I hadn’t ripped that flippin’ disc off her back, eh?)!


German Front Cover for Jasmyn

Here is the German front cover for Jasmyn:

I was particularly pleased to get a German translation deal for this one, partly because much of the book is set there, and partly because I have a couple of friends who live there. There’s no publication date so far (that I know of) but the front cover is a promising start, and I particularly like the fact that you can see Neuschwanstein at the bottom. Once again, the cover Gods have been good to me.

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