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Inside The Author’s Head: Andrew Reid

Q1. What is your favorite word? Tea, as a question. My favourite Swedish word is juridiken, because I like to imagine lawyers in Stockholm yelling it as they throw fireballs at one another. Q2. What is your least favorite word? Quickly. For some reason everyone in my first drafts do things quickly. Global cull required. Also (and I'm cheating here) I hate it when I'm reading something and characters keep stepping forward. I understand the urge to do it - it physically inserts a character Read more [...]

Inside The Author’s Head: Victoria Hooper

Q1. What is your favorite word? Disgruntled Q2. What is your least favorite word? Feisty Q3. How has social media helped your career? Social media is good for finding and talking to like-minded people, so helps with feeling inspired and motivated. One of the most important things it provides for me is a staff room or water cooler, as I work from home and so don't get those normal office interactions. Information and advice is passed around quickly and easily, and it's good for Read more [...]

Inside The Author’s Head: Ren Warom

Q1. What is your favorite word? Buttocks Q2. What is your least favorite word? Nice Q3. How has social media helped your career? It's connected me to a huge group of terrific friends/acquaintances who just happen to be writers, reviewers and artists etc. These awesome folk love art, they love to share art and ideas about art. That leads to opportunities I might otherwise not have seen or known about. It's a community, and for the most part everyone is trying to help everyone Read more [...]

Inside The Author’s Head: Colin F Barnes

Q1. What is your favorite word? Miasma Q2. What is your least favorite word? No Q3. How has social media helped your career? Through it, I have met like-minded writers who I would later go on to collaborate with, reviewers who kindly reviewed my work, fellow-readers who I could talk about books with. Writing can be a lonely profession. Having a world of potential friends at my fingertips has helped me through some very dark times. This in itself has helped remain positive and Read more [...]

Inside The Author’s Head: Alasdair Stuart

Q1. What is your favorite word?  Either 'plinth' or 'nostrum'. The second is a latin word which if I remember correctly translates as fake or illusory cure. Q2. What is your least favorite word? 'maybe' or 'whatever'. Q3. How has social media helped your career? Well I pretty much have one because of it. My RPG career kicked off when I was in the right place at the right time and the podcasts I host are by definition social media. So it's basically where I work. Q4. What Read more [...]

Inside The Author’s Head: Lou Morgan

Q1. What is your favorite word? Petrichor Q2. What is your least favorite word? Hyperbole Q3. How has social media helped your career? Without doubt it's made it easier to reach readers. More importantly, it's allowed me to engage with & generally chat to both people who've read my work or - more importantly - a section of the SFF community in general. Whether that really helps me in terms of my career is arguable, but it makes it a lot more fun! Q4. What would you say Read more [...]

Inside the Author’s Head: James Barclay

Q1. What is your favorite word? Git - it can be delivered with such force for so brief a word also Defenestrate  - because it is brilliant that there is a word for 'to throw out of a window' Q2. What is your least favorite word?  Nice - because it is utterly, utterly insipid and manages to convey so very little. Q3. How has social media helped your career? Connections to fans, new readers and others working in the genre. It's about getting people interested in me rather than Read more [...]

Inside The Author’s Head: Jennifer Williams

Q1. What is your favorite word? Oh, tough question! Probably "ennui", partly thanks to the Edward Gorey-ness of it. Q2. What is your least favorite word? Moist Q3. How has social media helped your career? I have made so many important contacts - and friends - over twitter, it has become invaluable. It helped me find short story markets and the heart of the writing community, and it's a great way to keep up with what's going down in publishing. It even helped me find an agent! Read more [...]

Inside The Author’s Head: James Everington

Q1. What is your favorite word?  "Forlorn" - lovely word. Q2. What is your least favorite word? "Shorts" when used as an abbreviation for 'short stories' by people who should know better. Q3. How has social media helped your career? It has helped immensely, or rather all the brilliant/eccentric/book-obsessed people I've met through it have. For example, I doubt I'd have my current book out via the ace small-press who are publishing it if it wasn't for social media. I hope Read more [...]

Inside The Author’s Head: Marc Nash

Q1. What is your favorite word? Flabelliform Q2. What is your least favorite word? accommodation (mainly cos I can never spell it properly) Q3. How has social media helped your career? no career without it (such as it is). Forced me to come out from under my stone and get the privilege of talking to readers before they buy my book, as they buy it, while they read it and after they've finished it. Eat your heart out Evelyn Waugh. But it's also led me to think creatively in new Read more [...]

Inside The Author’s Head: Geraldine Clark Hellery

Q1. What is your favorite word? 'Epic' at the moment but it changes every couple of months.  Q2. What is your least favorite word? 'Christ' when used as an expletive but that could just be that it's overused by a colleague alllll day. I'm not a big fan of the 'c' word either but sometimes it's the best word for the job. Q3. How has social media helped your career? Social media has allowed me to interact with so many interesting people, and get my writing out to a wider number Read more [...]