Literacy: Life and Death

Literacy: Life and Death

Literacy ought to be a topic of concern for any author, since – obviously – it goes straight to the heart of what we do, but even we don’t appreciate quite how much it has become a matter of life and death. Few people do, apparently, but a report from the... Read more
Reading the Wind

Reading the Wind

I never thought of myself as a writer. I read fiction nonstop and even wrote some Tolkien fanfiction, but in my mind, that didn’t make me a writer; I also taught technical writing to college students. About that kind of writing, I counted as an expert. Still,... Read more
A Man Writing Heroines

A Man Writing Heroines

Here’s a story about D&D, listening and trying to be a good ally. Why am I, a man, writing about heroines? Let me tell you a story. A friend told me about a game of Dungeons & Dragons he’d played. The Dungeon Master was keen to create a diverse world, so... Read more
Stop Talking About Diversity In Books

Stop Talking About Diversity In Books

“The importance of diversity in books”, “diverse characters – tokenism or important?” and my personal favourite, “is diversity really that important?” Every time I see a convention panel discussion with a name like this, my eyes roll so hard I end up chasing them... Read more
Full Steam(punk) Ahead!

Full Steam(punk) Ahead!

After much procrastination, I’ve returned with a new book in tow and Inspired Quill has been nice enough to take me back. So, what is this new book? Well, it’s a sequel to The Adventures of Alan Shaw, my globe-spanning Steampunk adventure. What’s taken so damned long?... Read more
Clickbait Books – A Publisher’s Response

Clickbait Books – A Publisher’s Response

Recently, the ‘Big 5’ publisher Simon & Schuster signed a deal reported to be worth $250,000. So far, no worries. But when the author of their acquisition is a (very loud) mouthpiece for the ‘alt-right’…things start to get a little cloudy. (Note: I’m not going to... Read more
Eighteen To One

Eighteen To One

Honestly, I can’t remember a time where reading and writing weren’t part of my life. I’ve written many short stories in my time, but my two proudest writing achievements are the novels I’ve completed. The first one I began writing at about sixteen. In the end, I... Read more
What It Means To Me

What It Means To Me

I readily admit to not having the greatest memory in the world. I will forget what I said ten minutes ago. I won’t remember what I had for lunch three hours prior. I have to begin with this disclaimer, because the following memory has stayed with me my whole life.... Read more

Cover Reveal – Wise Phuul

Sometimes, the fact we have to sit on something as amazing as this awesome cover really makes me twitch. It happens a lot – we can’t let you wonderful readers see the exact progress ‘behind the scenes’ – and I always feel a tad guilty for not letting you feast your... Read more
The Long And Short Of It

The Long And Short Of It

While we have open submissions for a month or so each year, Inspired Quill has also been known to reach out to amazing talent: to network, to interview, and – just sometimes – to ask if they’d consider a publishing deal with a not-for-profit small... Read more
IQ Interviews – Paul Salvette!

IQ Interviews – Paul Salvette!

It’s nice to have the opportunity of pulling back the curtain and seeing the people behind the screens. This doesn’t always mean interviewing the folks here at IQ, though. You may not know this, but for formatting (both eBooks and Paperbacks), we outsource to the... Read more
Insert Title Here

Insert Title Here

A Title. It’s the first thing you see, pretty much. That is, unless the book’s cover artwork is so busy or the font is the same colour as the background (in which case you need a new designer). A title might seem like a simple affair, but it’s incredibly important.... Read more
The Way For Me

The Way For Me

When one publisher chooses another. In 2013, I was on holiday in Majorca with my mother and my daughter when I got an offer of publication from Inspired Quill. The Last Time We Saw Marion was my first novel and I had to think long and hard about committing what was at... Read more
Time Waits For No Morlock

Time Waits For No Morlock

Read a book and make a dream come true Remember what Einstein had to say about relativity and time? Well, this has nothing to do with any of that. This won’t take long. Relatively speaking. I want to talk about the temporal relations of Terapolis. Time... Read more
Welcome Back…Matthew!

Welcome Back…Matthew!

I’m incredibly proud to announce… …that Inspired Quill have agreed to publish my third book. Very good news, isn’t it? I’m actually incredibly excited, and it’s hard to portray that emotion over a blog post without using lots and... Read more

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