I like to think I write because I have beauty hidden in me, somewhere. But the truth of the matter is that I'm addicted to it, like nerdy cocaine. I study Mathematics and Computer Science, so thought I better write fantasy, just to complete that stereotype too.


They call it the Dawnlight because that's as far as it ever gets. The sun rises in the early morning, with its thin, tentative light, and for the rest of the day there is nothing more. Nothing. Nothing but rain and grey and dead dragon bones. Bare rock and bodies. It's dark and wet and empty. It's fog and sickness and death.
                               - Drystan Beddoe, Silence Falls

Lots of people have a 'my aims' section on their profile. My only aim was to get 'Promise the Sky' into the top ten of a genre so I'd be able to see it on the old homepage. It did (Adventure) but I was on holiday so I missed it. That's how my luck works. So now I just want to make it onto the Watty Awards Shortlist this year instead because the homepage has changed and I had to get a new aim. Maybe next year I'll go for Rowling-esque exposure, riches, and world domination.
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Silence Falls (Sequel to Promise the Sky)

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Description: As darkness is reborn in the high mountains of the West, Keenan Nottinghan comes to the rapid conclusion that some things never change. No matter what death does to a man, he is still the selfsame creature as drew his first breath upon the plains, a...

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Beneath a Drowning Sea [On Hold]

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They had caught a being of pure emotion, of loathing and lust, a deity of a drowning sea. And they had t...

Hi @DarlingDevil First off, thank you for reading! It's great to get back into writing again, and I'd genuinely forgotten how fantastic it was to get feedback :D 

Do you mind, instead of answering questions (and therefore giving away spoilers - because trust me, all questions will be answered) if I could ask a few questions of my own? 

When you say Keenan talks no sense - is it frustrating as a reader? A lot of what he speaks about relates back to details from the first book (which I understand people haven't read in a LONG time) Do I need to make this clearer? And as to Bron and the handprints - do you simply think it would be cooler if he also had them? ;)

P.s. Thank you for not wanting Keenan to die! I'm personally very fond of him but my boyfriend was just like: Good. He was such a girly boy. :( Keenan's so useless I feel weirdly protective as an author... not that I actually protected him in any way... :/ I don't think I'll be a good mother.

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