GollanczFest 2015 tomorrow! Yay! So in the meantime I’ve been slaving on my WiP. That’s Work in Progress for those who don’t deal in acronyms. I live in London, we’re too busy to use complete words here in the big city – or the BC, AWLTS (as we like to say). I’m just making stuff up now.
So, news is I am 73,000 words in – almost exactly the length of Velocity – and I’m probably only a quarter way through. Two fifths at most. This is gonna be a big book. And it’s the first of a planned three. Obviously my last epic fantasy wasn’t epic enough.
Seriously though, I’m having a great time writing it. Can’t believe I’ve been doing this professionally for like twenty years and I’ve never actually attempted a quote-unquote ‘Western’ (i.e. vaguely European-feeling) fantasy. Broken Sky was all anime-style and had the conceit that everyone had a superpower. The Braided Path was also much more influenced by Japanese and Chinese culture. I grew up on books like Shannara, Dragonlance and obviously Lord of the Rings and while this book, I stress, is not really much like any of them, it at least comes from the same region. Writing an epic fantasy in the traditional mould is like coming home.
Except obviously it won’t actually be traditional. You know me by now, right?
This! This! I will be here!
I’m happily tapping away through über secret fantasy novel, having a lot of fun with it. Think it’s gonna be a long ‘un, though: already looking like it’ll end up bigger than any of the Ketty Jay books! But it’s epic fantasy, right? Whatchagonnado?
I’m hoping to get a proper update done on the site soon, add Velocity to the books and maybe remove some redundant parts like the Press section (which hasn’t been updated since the King James Bible first came out) and the Forum which is sadly deader than Pluto’s hopes of becoming a planet again.
Next year I shall also be attending Eastercon in Manchester and Nine Worlds in London, as by that time I ought to be able to tell y’all something of what I’m working on.
See you on the 17th!
I know, right? But here it is, and here’s the skinny.
First up, I’M ON TWITTER. You thought it’d never happen, but it did. Befollow me on @_ChrisWooding_ where you can hear splurts of random communications involving whatever I just tripped over that morning. It’s better than waiting for my tri-yearly posts up on here.
In other news, I am embroiled in a deeply secret project about which I can say a few words only. It is a novel. It is a fantasy novel. It is a fantasy novel that actually resembles a fantasy novel instead of being about, like, some weird skewed kind of pseudo-scipunk-bizarro world that just gets put in the fantasy category because nobody knows what the hell else to do with it. When there’s something to officially announce, there’ll be one of those official announcement things, but it won’t be for a while yet. In the meantime, content yourself that I am writing, have been for a while actually, and that there are more books on the way. And I’m very very excited about getting back to scribbling again.
A story of reckless ambition, unshakable friendship and the perils of fame, set in a broken future…
Cassica and Shiara have grown up in an outback settlement far from anywhere. Life’s hard where they live, but these two girls have a dream. Cassica is a talented driver; Shiara her engineer and navigator. Between them they’ve cobbled together a racer. Their mission: to win the Widowmaker, a three-day rally through the most dangerous terrain in the world. Pursuing them will be the Wreckers, a colourful bunch of psychopaths driving monstrous armoured vehicles, hell-bent on destroying any racers they catch. The winners become legends, rich and famous beyond their wildest dreams. The losers don’t survive…
2nd July in the UK, people! Order it here. Or here if you’re buying from overseas.
Also, also! The Gollancz Festival is back! Now in two cities, Manchester on 16th Oct and London on the 17th. After the big bowl of awesomeness that happened last time, I’m looking forward to it! I’ll definitely be at the London one and possibly the one in Manchester too. Will keep you all updated.
To tide you over till next time, here’s a bunch of goats singing the Game of Thrones theme tune!
… not that you’d know it from the amount of updates on this site! But hey, now I’m here, I have a whole bunch of nothing to tell you anyway! Yay!
When I was a kid, I used to just bang down the first good idea I had, write a book of it, sling it out into the cosmos and move directly on to the next good idea in sequence. These days I’m rather more like a particularly dozy-looking cow chewing a cud in a field in Sussex, gazing placidly at nothing for days, sometimes weeks on end, until I’ve rolled dozens of these good ideas around in my head and tossed out all but one. Then I develop that for a bit, see if it goes anywhere, and if it doesn’t: back to the cud.
Thing is (he said, mixing his metaphors like a $0.79 self-published Amazon fantasy special) you can be the best chef in the world, but once you’ve picked your ingredients, that’s that. Can’t make a lasagna out of chocolate frosting and cake mix. So these days I’m veeeeeery careful about picking my ingredients. Am pulling together ideas for something new and vaguely book-shaped. Between that and a load of screen things I’ve been doing, I’m busy as ever: but as usual, I’ll tell you when anything concrete appears, and not before.
We’re closing in on a cover and a blurb for VELOCITY, will show you when there’s something to show you. But it’ll be out in July (I believe… definitely some month this year with a J in it!). And so I return to my cloak and dagger world of secrets and half-truths, to emerge again when I actually have something of interest to share…
La la la, done and delivered and getting edited now, so all in time for a mid-2015 release (in the UK) which is all still on as far as I know! Blurb and more details to follow nearer the time, there’s no point getting you all excited six months early…
To tide you over, here’s a lovely Pinterest board of the Ketty Jay characters and aircraft, and an amazing concept art piece depicting Retribution Falls. One day I’ll have my own calendar! One day!
I’m pretty busy writing screen stuff these days, but what’s next book-wise, I really don’t know. I’ve finished up everything I’m contracted for, so I’m going to hibernate and ruminate for a while and have a think about what kind of story I want to do next and what I want to commit the next few years of my life to. Will let you know when I do!
So, I’ve been wasting all my time writing a movie of Malice and everything, and it turns out someone’s already got there first! Specifically, some rather amazing young people from Israel who’ve spent a year making their own film of my book. I am totally awed and humbled by the creativity and effort of these 10-11 (!!!) year olds who with little or no resources managed to create a 40-minute-odd movie out of a book with numerous fantastical elements, monsters etc etc. So without further ado:
MALICE, the movie! Directed by Michael Busheri, produced by Einav Yehezkeli, shown to you by kind permission of parents, cast and crew. It’s quite a thing.
Comments welcome but keep ’em nice. This isn’t 4Chan, and I shoot trolls. Then splash acid on them so they can’t regenerate.
Meanwhile, as far as the other movie goes, I’m prevented from going into detail about where it is in the process but at present we have a script that everybody loves and currently things are rumbling along well enough. As soon as there’s anything official to announce, I’ll announce it.
Motoring through VELOCITY (the eagle-eyed there will spot a clue to the nature of this book…) and on course to deliver it by the end of the year for a June-ish release in 2015. I’d give you a blurb for it, but blurbs give too much away and I haven’t finished it yet and besides, it’s an author’s prerogative to keep secrets, because we’re all massively paranoid someone’s going to steal our ideas and write it before we do.
Goodbye, summer! You were a good ‘un!
Gollancz are having their own mini-festival and I, of course, shall be there! Come by!
First up, my trip to Sweden for the SweCon Steampunk Festival in Gävle. It runs from June 27th-29th, and I’ll be doing, like, a ton of panels and interviews and talking about The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray (if I can remember what happened in it!) and Retribution Falls and all things steampunky. I will also be doing a signing and talking about steampunk with Swedish author Nene Ormes on Weds 25th June at 6pm at the Science Fiction Bookshop in Stockholm. Apart from being mildly concerned that I’ll be out-steampunked by everyone there, I’m very excited!
Second, I’ve started on a new book in amid my screenwriting projects. It’s a YA book. It’s kind of science fiction but not really. It’s called VELOCITY. We’re aiming to get it out by the end of summer next year, but no guarantees. And that’s all the information I’m giving out at this stage. Stay tuned for further developments…
Now that is one sexy cover. If only I had a larger version of it. Allow me to quote the starred review it got in Booklist (spoilers ahoy – if you were gonna buy it anyway, don’t read):
“A couple of boys on a biology field trip uncover a silver creature with chitin markings eerily like a computer chip. But it is only the first of many horrible creatures whose scratches turn humans into silver insects—or the Infected. It’s a biological weapon experiment gone awry, a horrifying precursor to an evil world bent on destroying itself. The challenge for a lucky (?) few Mortingham Boarding Academy students: how to survive and perhaps, more importantly, what happens if they do? Wooding has morphed a traditional English boarding school story—bullies, evil headmaster, well-intentioned teacher, and boy/girl drama—into a horror/survival story that would make William Golding and Gary Paulsen envious. The ugly, morphing Infected are graphic, both awe-inspiring and terrifying, as they devour their comrades to become larger, more intelligent, and more vicious. The tension is palpable as a small group of teens gradually out-thinks its few remaining adult leaders, thus leading the scant remaining survivors in a quest to escape. Is “sometimes being nice being stupid” or can goodness actually prevail? Carve out enough time to read Silver in a single sitting. You’ll need it.”
TL;DR? “It’s totes awesome.”