I love it when people send me 'shelfies' if they see copies of my books in the wild. My daughter & family were on holiday in the Pacific North West in August, and sent me this from Powells World of Books in Portland OR.
Whoo-hoo! I'm one of the core authors in Zombies Need Brains new kickstarter anthology 'Portals.' Here's a link to the kickstarter for this and two more anthos. It goes live today.
My story 'The Stolen Shoes' will be in Enchanted Conversations - a Fairy Tale Magazine on 8th December. It's the Elves and the Shoemaker edition so no prizes for guessing what the story's about, but it's a complete switch-around.
My story, The Horse Head Violin, is in the anthology: Children of a different Sky, edited by Alma Alexander. Buy in the USA. Or buy in the UK Proceeds to help refugees
Dag Rambraut has interviewed me for SFFworld.com. Read it here.
My 5th novel NIMBUS is published today.
My blog post 'They Came in Their Thousands,' about my Belgian refugee/World War One story is up on Alma Alexander's website. I have a story called The Horse Head Violin in her anthology 'Children of a Different Sky.'
9th - 13th August
Worldcon in Helsinki
I have one panel on Sunday afternoon 13th August: 15:00 - 16:00, 216 (Messukeskus) History as World Building. Using knowledge and research of real-life history as world-building fantasy and science fiction. Thomas Årnfelt, Jacey Bedford, Heather Rose Jones (M), Jo Walton, Angus Watson
Busy writing the first draft of Nimbus so I paced myself alongside NaNoWriMo and committrd to writing 50,000 words during the month of November along with some of my other writer friends. I'm pleased to say we all succeeded. Congrats to Chris Butler, Kari Sperring, and Kayleigh Webb (who is also my publicist at DAW/Pengin RandomHouse).
4th November First advance review of Silverwolf posted by Deborah J Walker on Goodreads from a review copy supplied by the publisher. "This is a glorious book, a voluptuous book (does that make sense?), brimming with fascinating detail, overflowing with action, brimming with emotion (it even wrung a tear from me: that's very unusual for a book."
Head down, writing like mad. I'm pacing myself alongside NaNoWriMo to try and add at least 50,000 words to the first draft of Nimbus - the third Psi-Tech book due in October 2017.
Spending today in the company of writer friends at Bristolcon - the lovely one-day convention in... Bristol. (You guessed.) Lovely to see: Terry Jackman, Liz Williams, Dave Gullen, Gaie Sebold, Ben Jeapes, Guy T Martland and many more.
Two days in Bath on the way to Bristolcon, to take in the atmosphere and do more research for the Rowankind books set in 1800 and 1801. Silverwolf, the second Rowankind book, is due out in January 2017. Afternoon tea at the Pump Room is so perfectly British.
I missed some Facebook messages and have only just found notification of a review of Crossways from November 2015 here at Kings River Life Magazine "You wouldn’t normally think of a 500-pages-plus novel as crisp, but Bedford packs a high-interest punch into each paragraph. Characters, plot and technology, plus way-out-there stuff: Crossways has it all."
I was invited to write a piece on alternate history for SF Signal's Mind-Meld, but due to being accidentally missed off the 'meld' article I've ended up with a piece of my own. Thanks, Andrea.
Another interview - this time at The Qwillery.
I'll be at Novacon in Nottingham this coming weekend. I hope to see some of you there. I'm on a panel about urban fantasy on Friday, doing a reading from my upcoming book Winterewood on Saturday.
I'll be at Fantasycon in Nottingham this coming weekend. I'm on the 'Stealing from the Past; panel (Fantasy in History) on Friday 23rd October with Susan Boulton, Anne Lyle, Juliet McKenna and Toby Venables, and I'll be reading from my upcoming fantasy 'Winterwood' on Saturday 24th at noon.
I delivered Winterwood to my editor today. It's due for publication in February 2016.
I received an acceptance for my story The Last Wild Place this morning. It will be published in the November 2015 isse of Bloodbond.
I'm live on Tony Ballantyne'sHow Writers Write blog today. Thanks for inviting me, Tony.
My short Story, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Panda, has appeared in the special summer issue of the Szortal netzine - translated into Polish! Within next few weeks (September) it will also appear at the Szortal.com page.
I've been invited to be a guest author at Sledge-Lit, Edge Lit's Christmas event held at the Quad, Derby on 21st November 2016. So loooking forward to this.
I've been invited to be one of the anchor authors in a new anthology, Alien Artifacts, edited by Patricia Bray & Joshua Palmatier and published by Zombies Need Brains. It's the subject of aKickstarter which is gathering momentum very nicely. Do swing by and check it out.
My short story, Pitch, has been accepted for the anthology 'Thou Shalt Not' - edited by Alex Davis and due to be launched at Sledge Lit in November. It's about coveting... and that never ends well... :-)
My short story 'The Urbane Fox' is running again in the August 2015 issue of Trysts of Fate - this time with my name spelled correctly. Thanks to Lee Ann Story for the repeat and correction.
4th August CROSSWAYS is out from DAW in the USA. It's available (as paperback or ebook) from all the usual online suppliers, and in good bookstores throughout North America. In the UK it's likely to be only in specialist bookstores like Forbidden Planet, but you can buy it from Amazon.co.uk. Crossways is the sequel to Empire of Dust. You don't have to read them in order, but it would be great if you did!
Who-hoo! I can now announce that my agent has just agreed a second book deal with DAW, this time for two more books, NIMBUS, the third Psi-Tech book, and SILVERWOLF, a sequel to WINTERWOOD (Due in Feb 2016).
I attended the two day 'Science for Fiction Writers' Course at London's Imperial College (organised by Dr. Dave Clements) and now feel as though my brain is dribbling slowly out of my right ear after experiencing two of the hottest days London has had in July, and being treated to/subjected to furiously brilliant academics expounding on the cutting edge theories and trends in their individual fields, from dark matter and time to plant genetics and 'catching a comet' (Philae lander).
29th March The Loneliness of the Long Distance Panda has been accepted for translation into Polish by Szortal.com
28th March Final Eastercon Programme
I'll be at Eastercon next weekend (at Easter, so no surprise there). I suspect that mostly you'll find me hanging out in the bar, so please come and say hello. Friday 9.15 - 10.15 pm Game of Thrones - Uncharted Territory with Sian Bradshaw, Ming and Smitty. Sunday 16.15 to 17.30 Putting the Fantasy into History or Putting the History into Fantasy.
With Kari Sperring (mod), C E Murphy. Monday 10.00 to 11.15 a.m. Milford SFF Writers Meet Informal Meet-Session for writers who have been to Milford or who are thinking of coming any time in the future, or just for the mildly curious.
With me and whoever I can round up at the time. Should be fun.
27th March Panda pikk üksindus
My short story: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Panda has been translated into Estonian for the webzine Algernon. How cool is that?
26th March The Jewel of Locaria has been accepted for the May issue of Sorcerous Signals and Mystic Signals.
24th March The Oracle is Never Wrong will soon be available as a podcast at Beam Me Up
20th March Short Story now available online. Times Two is up and available to read for free at Saturday Night Reader
17th March Short Story Sale A Taste of Oranges has been accepted for publication by Perihelion
10th February 2015 Crossways - my second Psi-Tech novel - due for publication on 4th August 2015 is now up for pre-order on amazon co.uk and amazon.com.
15th January 2015 Anthology Contribution
Delighted to be invited to contribute a short story to the upcoming Tickety Boo Press Anthology: Ten: Thou Shalt Not. Happy that they've accepted Pitch, my deal with the Devil story.
12th January 2015 Four Short Story Sales
This year, so far, four short story acceptances: Late Breakfast to Every Day Fiction, 2015; Times Two to Saturday Night Reader (Canada) 2015; Mort's Laws to Nature's Futures 2015, and The Urbane Fox (reprint) to Trysts of Fate.
Novacon 14th - 16th November
This will be the first con after book publication day, so join me for a celebration in Nottingham
Hope to see some of you at Novacon this weekend in Nottingham. http://www.novacon.org.uk/ My schedule:
Sat 10.30: Big, Really Big - a panel on Space Opera with Jaine Fenn, Janet Edwards and Andy Sawyer
Sat 13.30 Meanwhile in a Room Overlooking Historical Accuracy... with Kari Sperring, Linzi Cooke and Theresa Derwin .
Sat 20.00 Book Launch in the downstairs bar
Sun 11.00 How to Get an Agent - just me jabbering on.
Short Story Acceptance
5th November 2014: Just had an acceptance from Grievous Angel for my short (ghost) story 'Last Train'. Not sure when it will be out.
BOOK PUBLICATION DAY
4th November 2014
Empire of Dust - A Psi-tech Novel, published by DAW
Bristolcon 25th October
This will be my first time at Bristolcon, but I've heard great things about this small, friendly West Country SF convention. I'll be doing a small group session on How to Get an Agent (3.00 p.m. in The Snug), and a panel on Writing Historical Fantasy (1.00 p.m. Programme Room One) with Peter Sutton, John Courtenay Grimwood, Sarah Ash and Mike Shevdon
Short Story Sale The Loneliness of the Long Distance Panda has sold again as a reprint to Buzzy Mag for publication in 2015, and has also been reprinted in translation (Galician) in the Spanish magazine Nova Fantasia