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Sons of the Wolf - cover
Today I am delighted to welcome Paula Lofting to the blog, who has kindly answered a number of interview questions. Some while ago now I reviewed Sons of the Wolf (, but as you read on you will find out lots of other things about Paula. Q. Hi Paula, could you first give us a little introduction to yourself. A. Yes, indeed, well my name is Paula Wilcox, but I use my maiden name of Lofting as my author’s name. I decided to use it because I didn’t want people thinking that the actress Paula Wilcox was writing my books lol, plus there is an old famous author called Hugh Lofting of Dr Dolittle fame and I am a distant cousin, so it seems appropriate to use it – *laughs.   I am a psychiatric nurse by day and in my spare time I love to write. I’m working on my...
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Today I am delighted to welcome Antoine Vanner to the blog, who has kindly answered a number of interview questions. This is a follow-on to my review of Britannia’s Shark (  a few days ago Antoine is the author of (to date) three novels on the life and exploits of a Royal Navy captain of the late 19th century, Nicholas Dawlish.     I have reviewed each of these at   Britannia’s Wolf ( Britannia’s Reach ( Britannia’s Shark ( Q. You write about an unusual period in naval fiction – the late 19th century. What first sparked your interest in this era?   A. There are two parts to the answer, the first related to the period and the second to the naval aspects.   I’m fascinated by the political, social and economic progress made by the Western World in the second half of the 19th century and I’m equally...
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Posted by on in Editing
At least as far as I can do on my own, this was a very weird novella to finish. It started out as two seperate novelettes that kind of shared the same main character. Then I merged the two together. Finally I added a bunch of side stories that ended up twice as long as the actual main plot. So I merged chapters 4 and 6, and 8 and 10. Then the finall half ended up being shorter than the first half, and become more of a sequel short story. I think I'm gong to stick to short stories for now on. And sometimes even those, like the ones in Petunia And The Wooden Shoes and other stories, ended up becoming part of a novella in and of themselves. Not sure how I'm going to write larger books when I start doing counter-literary fiction. If you have the time, please...
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Posted by on in Introduction
This is my first blog post, if you have any questions feel free to ask. The topic for today is about genre, literary, and my personal taste and counter-literary fiction. For a long time I used to be a science fiction writer, specifically prefering to write near future spec fic. Not space travel, but rather new advances in psycho-therapy and other aspects that aren't necessarily to do benefit of recipiants. Though over time my fiction gradually became subtler, focusing more on speculative disorders and less on the technology itself. Until that eventually became closer to contemporary fiction with a very very slight technological bent. I tried getting into literary communities, but found that there is still a little bit of aristrocratic mentally at times. Like allot of the work that is often praised tend to focus on the richly upperclass, and high middle-class. For my part, I prefer to focus on...
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The Flame Before Us – this week This week sees the release of  in Kindle and softcover versions – preorder is available now and delivery will be shortly after. I have already posted various snippets from the story, so today I thought I would bring these together into the four strands which make up the whole. Refugees from Ikaret – Anilat and her husband Tadugari, their three children, and two members of their household remain in a group together after the defeat and sack of their home city of Ikaret (Ugarit). Anilat’s nephew and niece, Yasib and Dantiy, leave with them but soon separate to pursue a different route. Newcomers in the land – Nikleos and Kastiandra and their two children are Sherden migrants, working their way south through the land. Their clan is distantly related to the Sea Peoples’ groups which sacked Ikaret, but they themselves took no part in the attack. The Egyptian occupying force –...
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