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1,000,000 words in print

Somehow the shelf of stuff that has my name on it has begun invading other shelves
So, at some point in the last year, without me realising it, I crossed over into having written over a 1,000,000 words of published fiction.

This has come as a bit of a surprise. I mean, not when I think about it - objectively, it makes sense and ads up and everything.

28 vignettes, short stories, or novelletes, 4 Novellas; 10 audio dramas, 9 novels published, 2 written and coming out immanently, and a twelfth shambling towards being born. Then there are the various other things that have either not found a public home yet, or are not finished. So the big 1 mil+ makes total sense. But it doesn’t, because part of me thinks I started yesterday. But I didn’t. That was 8 years and a lot of words ago. It’s been quiet a ride so far. Here are the bits that really stand out:

Lies of Solace - my first novel. A series collaboration with my friend Alan Bligh, in which we spent most of 2010 thinking about overlapping dimensions and panicking about deadlines. A lot of fun to write. And, wow, but did the process teach me a lot.

The Last Remembrancer - my entry into the Horus Heresy series and only my second short story for Black Library. One of the few stories that had ever come to me in a ‘flash of inspiration’, and still one of the pieces of work I am most proud of.

Grey Angel - the first audio drama I ever wrote. I love audio, and love writing or a cast of actors.

Praetorian of Dorn - the Horus Heresy novel I always wanted to write. It went over word count by thirty thousand words, took a hell of a lot out of me to finish, but a book that I am amazed and proud I got to write. Oh, and it caused a bit of controversy because of, you know, the ending.

And then there is Agent of the Throne: Blood and Lies, the first of an audio series about agents of the Inquisition. The second episode, called Truth and Dreams, came out just a few weeks ago. Its the kind of thing I love, and might be the series that I enjoy writing most. It seems others like it a fair amount, too, because its been nominated for a Scribe Award for Best Audio Drama

Not bad for 1,000,000+ words placed carefully one after another.


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