Browsers at Blackwell’s bookshop on the Charing Cross Road appeared somewhat alarmed (and needless to say confused) to stumble on three sword-wielding soldiers in the Business & Management aisles last Tuesday evening. Aware of the recently uncovered plotting by devil-worshiping malcontents, Lord General Cromwell had kindly provided me with an armed escort from the Earl of Manchester’s regiment for the launch of Gideon’s Angel. Jonathan Oliver of Solaris Books sat down with me to discuss the genesis of the novel, the challenges of writing historical fantasy, and on how not to write sword-fighting scenes. A good time was had by all and afterwards, most of us repaired to a nearby tavern to raise a glass or two. My thanks to all who came by and lent their support.
Here are some extracts from the interview:
I was kindly asked to guest blog over at the most excellent Qwillery in the USA. You can check it out at http://qwillery.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/guest-blog-by-clifford-beal-author-of.html
Just a few insights into writing crossover genre fiction and having your characters interact with the great and famous of the past…
Blackwell’s Bookshop at 100 Charing Cross Road WC2H, is hosting the official launch of Gideon’s Angel on 19 February 2013 at 6:30pm. I’ll be having a public chat with Solaris supremo Jonathan Oliver about the background of the book, writing historical fiction cum fantasy, and maybe even a little demo on how to parry an attack by rapier and dagger. Well…not sure the Blackwell’s team would appreciate the latter taking place next to stocked shelves so that might not actually happen. But if you’re in town, do come along. We’ll be fielding your questions, there could be a surprise or two, and and you’ll be able to snag a signed copy of Gideon’s more than a full week before it actually hits the shops and Amazon. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your free place.
Head on over to the Risingshadow website and check out the first published review of Gideon’s Angel. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers but hopefully it will make you even more keen to put your hands on a copy.The book hits the shops at the end of this month and will also be available as an e-book.