“The Hidden Face”: map reveal


I am very pleased to reveal the maps created by Paul Weimer for my epic fantasy novel THE HIDDEN FACE (publishing November 25). The map below is the general map of the novel’s world: I asked flood projection scientist and fan Paul Walsh to run a simulation based on a water level 100 metres lower… Continue reading “The Hidden Face”: map reveal

Cover Reveal: THE HIDDEN FACE


This is the cover created by artist John di Giovanni and designer Shawn King for my epic fantasy novel THE HIDDEN FACE (first book in the Fifth Unmasking series), publishing 25 November 2017. Here is the Goodreads page if you would like to add it. I love what John and Shawn have done here and… Continue reading Cover Reveal: THE HIDDEN FACE

Blowing My Own Trumpet (again)


Hi everybody! My second novel will be publishing in November (ebook on Kindle, B&N, Kobo, etc and paperback). The title is THE HIDDEN FACE. This is the first in an epic fantasy (non-YA) series that I have been working on for many years. I would describe it as fast-paced, character-based epic fantasy. Pre-orders will be… Continue reading Blowing My Own Trumpet (again)

Living the Middle Ages


I posted a while back about Italian surnames as sources for fantasy character names – a recent discovery is Scannagatti (“Cat Killer”). Italian places are a source of inspiration as well, particularly for Early Medieval-style fantasy settings. At the moment, we are visiting the in-laws in the region of Lunigiana, which covers parts of Tuscany… Continue reading Living the Middle Ages

Italian Fantasy Names


ITALIAN SURNAMES: an untapped fantasy resource. I am reading Michael R. Fletcher‘s Grimdark novel Beyond Redemption which converts German words into names because they sound dark and grim to English speakers. Italian – usually thought rightly as a beautiful language – is my second language. If you know what they mean, many Italian surnames are really… Continue reading Italian Fantasy Names