Bristol Conversation

Tell you about Gothenburg?
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My friend Faramond Frie and I have been invited by Swedish publisher Andra Varldar to go and sign books at the Gothernburg Book Fair. It’s the largest book fair in Europe apparently.
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Pleased, I should say. Their own authors will be there of course. Andra Varldar will have the books available for sale and I have an hour slot on the Saturday afternoon for signing. It’s all incredibly well organised by Anna Vintersvard from Andra Varldar.
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At the moment I’m finishing off my next book, Beano Grigio. I had hoped it would be ready for Gothenburg but it didn’t work out. I often work well with time pressure. Equations Of Being was very last minute before Swecon 2014 but that was short stories, which I guess are easier to get together. I have a vague notion about Beano Grigio but I have no idea how it’s going to end.
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Well each book is a stand alone novel, but this is the third in a series that started with the Rabbit Chronicles, and then The Adventures Of Miss Ann Thrope.
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Well a few characters are in each book but there are new characters appearing or developing.
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Beano Grigio? Well he’s a confidence trickster who becomes involved with the friends.
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The name? Well it was a joke really. The band I’m in was looking for a name and I came up with Beano Grigio. Nobody else was impressed but I loved it, and decided it was too good to waste, so I based my next book on it.
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Actually my whole writing is done spontaneously. I never know what’s coming until I write it, which is really exciting. With the novels though, I get themes to develop. A friend of mine was sailing across the Atlantic so I have put him in the book.
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Well he becomes a mentor to one of the main characters, a young boy who has trained as a warrior and assassin. That old chestnut.
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What’s next? Well I know where I’m going to go, I’ve even written the first page. Got to finish Beano first. Funnily enough I was thinking yesterday of doing two side by side.

It’s a bit like learning two languages. I found I had to discipline myself. Compartmentalise. However I think one at a time is saner. I imagined getting the stories all mixed up.
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I did have a horror story I was going to write ages ago but got lost on the way. It would be nice to do something different.
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Well thank you. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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