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Kneel, Pestilent English Serfs!

A vast nothingness to report. Iron Jackal has not moved on ’cause I’ve been writing the first draft of All Fall Down. Don’t fret, though, it’s still well in hand for the end of the year (he said, with the kind of blithe confidence that makes editors sweat and makes Chris wish he had an Internet Delete button come Christmas time). Nar, seriously, since I’ve done all the planning on it beforehand, the rest ought to be relatively easy.

And, er, that’s it. Apart from the week I spent in a little town off Lake Maggiore in Italy, scarfing pasta and going all mahogany coloured. That was nice.

Also, apparently I’m related to William the Conqueror. So my Dad tells me, anyway, who’s been doing a bunch of genealogy research on our family tree. This was doubly interesting news, since my friend has long known that her family was descended from William the Conqueror’s servants. Much hilarity was had by all, until I gloated a bit too much and she roundhouse-kicked me over the horizon.

23 Comments

  1. David says:

    I have faith and shall be patient, even if inwardly I’m going crazy for the next lot of Frey.

    I’ve been terrified to look into my family tree, as my mum’s side of the family (leading up all the way to me) has the worse case of unlucky medical health I’ve ever seen and I’m worried an ancestor was a cruel Inquisitor who was cursed by the one witch who actually practiced the dark arts and was not, y’know, an innocent woman.

  2. Tigidou says:

    Hey Mr. Wooding, I have a question for you. This is fairly off topic, but I don’t know where else to ask it.
    I recently found the first Broken Sky book in my brother’s closet and loved it. I have since been able to find the fourth, fifth and seventh books and love the world you have created.
    I would love to be able to get my hands on the eighth and ninth books but, possibly because I live in Canada, I have found this impossible to do. I was wondering if you had any suggestions as to how I should proceed. Cause right know I don’t know how the story turns out and it’s killing me man, just killing me.
    Not sure if you can help, but it was worth a shot. Thanks for your time.

  3. @ David – At least that whole witch-killing thing would explain the ill health 🙁 And prove the existence of Black Magic, more to the point…

    @ Tigidou – What edition do you have? The English releases were split into 9 parts. The US editions were split into 7, with the last part combining parts 7, 8 and 9 of the UK version. If you can’t find it in Canada, I suggest you look in the US. I found a used copy of part 7 of the US edition (which takes you up to the end of the series) on Amazon.com for 10 cents 😉

  4. Tigidou says:

    Ah, I must have part seven of the UK version. I saw the version you pointed out on Amazon but thought it was just the same thing I had read, cause it also says #7 on it. I’ll have to ask my brother how he got the UK versions, seeing as he’s never been there. Anyway, thanks very much for helping me out, I’m off to Amazon to get the US version! And while I’m there I think I’ll check out Retribution Falls as well…

  5. Marie says:

    Ha my dad is doing the genealogy thing too. But apparently, the only person interested in it besides him is our aunt margaret.., hmm :/

  6. Tim says:

    Wow, just read Retribution Falls and it’s absolutely awesome. I usually read the likes of Gemmel, Feist, Scott Lynch etc, but when I ducked into Waterstone’s on the King’s Road the other day I thought I was leaving empty handed.
    Only the fact that the book was to the right of the door and had an interesting title/cover combo stopped me. It then took roughly two seconds to decide to give it a whirl, and I’m bloody glad I did.

    I’ll be taking a stroll through the back catalogue soon, but first I’m going to hold out a little longer for the Black Lung Captain release as I’m too wrapped up in the Ketty Jay for now…
    Hopefully this won’t be a trilogy/quadrilogy and will be something that can run on, as it’s got fantastic promise and such a great feel about it all. I could quite happily read a whole bookshelf’s worth of Darien Frey and the crew.

    Just thought I’d jump on here to say thanks very much for a fantastic read and good luck with it all (flicking through here you seem to have a lot on at the moment!).

  7. Joseph Evans says:

    Hi Chris

    Before I start, this isn’t related to this post and I’m not entirely sure if this is suitable to post here – if not, please feel free to delete it.

    I’ve finished my debut novel. The reason I’m posting this here is because I’m going to be posting my synopsis and sample chapters to Carolyn Whitaker shortly and if it’s not too much trouble, maybe you could have a quick glance at the plot to see if it’s something you think might interest her.

    Clicking on my name will take you to an image of a temporary homemade cover that I’m planning on using to give agencies a sense of what the novel is about and its stylistic qualities.

    It’s a 97,000 word young adult title named City of the Falling Sky.

    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    When fifteen year old Seckry Starwisher is forced out of his village
    and relocated to the daunting metropolis of Skyfall City, he harbours
    resentment for the people responsible – Endrin, a
    Skyfall based science research corporation that plans on extracting a
    large pocket of energy that has been sitting dormant under the village
    for centuries.

    Fortunately, the marvels of the city do a good job in distracting
    Seckry from his anger and homesickness, and it isn’t long before he’s
    competing at Friction (the city’s most popular competitive video
    game,) slurping awe-inspiring multicoloured milkshakes, and getting
    butterflies on his first date.

    But when a mysterious email asks him to break into the headquarters of
    the Endrin Corporation and steal a container full of worms for a hefty
    sum of money, Seckry’s anger resurfaces, and he can’t resist that
    little bit of revenge.

    Alone at night, Seckry creeps through the sewers whilst wondering what
    experiments Endrin might be doing on the worms, and emerges into the
    silent complex. But the worms aren’t the only thing that he finds.
    Staring at him through the darkness, with wide, innocent eyes, is
    something that makes Seckry’s heart almost stop.

    A girl.

    She’s shaking, wet, and has no recollection of who she is or what
    she’s doing there.

    When floodlights bleach the complex, Seckry has no choice but to grab
    a hold of the girl and escape with her.

    Suddenly the question of what Endrin were doing with a few worms
    becomes the last thing on Seckry’s mind. What were Endrin doing with a
    human?

    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    City of the Falling Sky is young adult fiction and is complete at
    approx 97,000 words. It forms the first part of The Skyfall Sequence
    which consists of four books.

    I am a twenty five year old bookseller and part time visual effects
    artist. The urban setting for the book and the video game culture
    that the characters belong to are an extension of my own teenage years
    spent living in the inner city. Having been an avid gamer and
    multimedia enthusiast since the age of eight, I believe that, contrary
    to popular opinion, video games can co-exist in children’s lives
    alongside reading, and should not be shunned as unhealthy (it was a
    video game that prompted me to buy my first book with my own pocket
    money!)

    I have a first class degree in Interactive Media and I have since
    worked in Bristol’s Media Triangle creating visual effects on shows
    for the BBC, ITV and more. I have also worked as a part time
    bookseller for Waterstone’s (with zone responsibilities in children’s
    books and manga) for the last four and a half years which has given me
    insight into the bookselling industry and its sales patterns and
    trends.

    Aside from writing I am also an enthusiastic reader of young adult
    fiction, which I began consuming in my teenage years and have never
    since stopped.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

  8. @ Joseph – Congrats on finishing your novel! It sounds right up her street, actually. If I were you I’d print out that webpage and send it rather than provide a link, though: Carolyn is old-school, and still uses a steam-powered typewriter and dodo quills to write with.
    Do send it, though. It’s a good presentation and a good angle (although, if I may, Starwisher is a terrible surname for your protagonist).

    Good luck!

    @ Tim – Glad you liked it! Yes, I’m rather hoping it will run on and on too. God knows I’m not short of ideas for it. Time will tell 😉

  9. Joseph Evans says:

    Thanks! Yeah I’ll definitely be printing it out on a nice glossy hard sheet to overlay my covering letter. You’re right about Starwisher – it’s been a concern of mine for a while, it has relevance to the plot, but before you get to that it just sounds sickly. Time to do a vicious Find and Replace job I think.

    Thanks for your encouragement, Chris. And that book I mention being the first book I bought with my own bit of pocket money was Broken Sky part 1!

  10. Victor says:

    Dear Mr. Wooding,

    I´am a brazilian fan of yours. Here, our publishing houses had only released two books, “The Hauting of Alaizabel Cray” and “Poison”. I would like to know if you can answer some questions, like an interview for my blog. I would be very glad with it and I think that my readers will enjoy it very much. So, if you have time for the interview and want to do it, please, send me an e-mail that I´ll send the questions.

    Sincerely,
    Victor

  11. @ Victor – I’ve sent you an email.

  12. ellie x says:

    please make malice into a ilm im begging you!!!!!!!!!!!!! it would be so good as a film and i never say that! xx

  13. Zach says:

    Hey Chris,

    I saw you mention that book called, “The Slap” and I was wondering if you could tell me who the author of this book is or if it is Christos Tsiolkas because I have read most of your books and I’m working on reading all of them, because you are my idol and you’ve inspired me to become a writer as a profession, so I figure if you like the book that I might like it too. Worth a shot anyways.

    By the way, love the Weavers Trilogy particularly The Skein of Lament which is my favorite. I really would have loved for you to continue that series becuase when I finished the Asendency Veil I almost cryed. I get very attached to novels. Right now though I am working on my own story which has been under extreme watch by my creative writing buddies which was a course in school I took last year that I greatly miss.

    All i really wanted to say is thanks for being an awesome writer and inspiring me to use the potential and imaginative power i have to inspire people and weave intricate and fascinating stories like you have for me.

    Thanks

  14. Y’welcome 😉

    It is Christos Tsiolkas. I should also probably point out for the benefit of my younger readers that it’s very, ahem, adult. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

  15. Joseph Evans says:

    Hey Chris, thanks for your advice earlier on in this post – I changed Starwisher to Sevenstars (the star bit needed to be in there in preparation for the third book, but the number seven has relevance too so it should be perfect, and now it doesn’t sound so cheesy 🙂 )

    I sent my submission to Carolyn Whitaker quite a few weeks back but I haven’t heard anything, rejection or otherwise. You wouldn’t happen to know if she’s taking on clients at the moment would you?

    Also I have to apologise in advance for this as I know it must be the bane of every author’s existence, but would my book be something you’d be interested in reading?

    Thanks

    Joe

  16. I think she’ll pretty much always take on someone if she likes them enough. The rule of thumb is that you’re entitled to chase after a month if you haven’t heard anything. Phone and ask: I guess you have the number from the Writers and Artists’ Yearbook? Although I suspect she’s away this week, so maybe leave it till Monday.

    As to the book, sorry, but I don’t get much reading time these days, and I already have a stack a mile high to get through *cries*

  17. Barbara says:

    I wonder if you ever are annoyed by posts irrelevant to the certain page.

    Well, I hope not. Not able to find a fan mail address to send you a legitimate-on-paper-letter, I’ve resorted to leaving a comment here. But I do have an address that goes to Carolyn Whitaker. My concern is that there may be a better address to send it, and that she might get far too much mail to bother sorting.

    Thanks for your time!
    Barbara

  18. Better just to comment here, usually. Letters can take ages to get to me.

  19. melanie says:

    hey chris…,
    have you maybe an e-mail account or only this website???

    …because i will make my GFS in my school about malice and now i have any questions to you.
    can i ask you here or?????

    greetings

  20. melanie says:

    please sent me a e-mail that i can you ask questions and i interwiev you…i`m a big fan of yours;)

  21. Sky Lafrance says:

    My best friend Korie and I are really huge fans when we grow up we want to be a writer like you

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