Megan Kerr on Astrologica: Stories of the Zodiac

Megan KerrMegan Kerr’s “Dark Matters” features in Astrologica: Stories of the Zodiac. Here she answers a few questions about the project.

Give us a little bit of background on your writing career.
I’ve written and published for years, but very little under my own name. Having read all my favourite authors’ first novels, I decided I’d rather learn my craft in private, so I wrote pseudonymously and ghostwrote fiction. Looking back, I’m glad I did! I’ve now started publishing short stories and poems under my own name and am working on two novels.

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Anne Nicholls on the Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes 2

Anne NichollsAnne Nicholls’ “Dragon’s Breath” features inThe Alchemy Press Book of Pulp Heroes 2

What inspired your writing, when you began, and – if possible – of all of your published work could you tell me which your favourites are (and why)?
I first started making up stories at the age of four, largely because I didn’t think I could draw.  Other motives were trying to keep out of trouble – and the undeniable fact that a lion in the garden is much more exciting than a cat. I had my first story published following a New Year’s resolution not to keep hiding my work in a drawer. Of my work, my current favourites are By “Right of the Stars”, Mindsail, a piece of journalism that was later included in an A Level text-book, “Dragonsbridge”, “Dragon’s Breath”… you know, I love them all.  Although not when I’m banging my head on the keyboard because I can see where I should have done them better.

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Adrian Tchaikovsky Q&A for the Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic

Adrian Tchaikovsky gives us the low down on Family Business!

Adrian Tchaikovsky

Today, Adrian Tchaikovsky answers a few questions put to him by his Alchemy editors for his story in Urban Mythic.

Tell us a little about yourself and what you like to write.
I’m mostly an author of epic fantasy, as far as long form fiction goes. So far that’s manifested in the story of the Insect-kinden, the Shadows of the Apt series, the 9th and penultimate book of which has just come out as War Master’s Gate. The world of the kinden is some way from a traditional fantasy setting – the kinden themselves are humans who take their powers and natures from various types of insect, and the series charts their rise into a sort of 20th century of technology and realpolitik. I put a lot of work into my worlds, the variety and the originality, and it seems to be something that my readers really respond to.

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Alchemy Press Readings at World Fantasy 2013

The Alchemy Press readings at World Fantasy 2013 in Brighton  will be taking place between 2.00 and 2.30 pm on Thursday 31st in HALL 8B [READINGS 2]

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Bob Lock in Astrologica: Stories of the Zodiac (Alchemy Press)

Bob Lock interviewed

Bob Lock j-peg2It’s Bob Lock’s turn at answering a few question in anticipation of his story “The Sun and the Moon” (for the sign of Gemini) in Astrologica: Stories of the Zodiac edited by Allen Ashley.

Give us a little bit of background on your writing career.

My first published piece of work was a story called, “The Leaf in the Stone” which was featured in Cold Cuts 1 a Welsh anthology of horror stories. My first published novel was Flames of Herakleitos, a dark fantasy story published by Screaming Dreams. I’ve a couple of other novels published and have loads of other stuff in anthologies both in print and on line.

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Bryn Fortey in The Alchemy Press book of Pulp Heroes 2

Bryn Fortey

Bryn Fortey MG_6951In the run up to the publication of The Alchemy Press Book Of Pulp Heroes 2, Bryn Fortey talks of his life and influences, and the background to his contribution, “The Flier”.

Would you like to briefly introduce yourself: what inspired your writing and when you began, and – if possible – of all of your published work could you tell me which your favourites are (and why)?

From childhood on it was always my intention to write, but mostly I just talked about it. Then one day I challenged myself, either do it or shut up. As it happened I sold the first story I wrote, though there have been many rejections since, but I was hooked. Personal favourites are “Shrewhampton North-East” (which virtually wrote itself and is probably as good as I get), “Playing From Memory” (which showed me I could make a fist at non-genre material), “Ithica Or Bust” (my comeback story after a period out of the loop, and the most light-hearted story I’ve written).

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