Tim Clare: Author, Poet and Creative Writing Podcaster

Welcome to the website of Tim Clare: award-winning author, poet and podcaster.

I’m the author of THE HONOURS (‘Gorgeously gripping’ – The Guardian; ‘A tour de force of breathless thrills’ – The Herald) and WE CAN’T ALL BE ASTRONAUTS (winner of Best Biography/Memoir at the 2009 East Anglian Book Awards).

I present the creative writing podcast DEATH OF 1000 CUTS (iTunes link) for anyone who wants to know how to write a novel, write great fiction, and get published. My Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp is a free 8 week writing course by podcast (‘a delightful, intense, encouraging eight-week journey’ – Lifehacker).

I’m a stand-up poet with several award-winning 5 star shows under my belt (‘the most compelling solo performance on the Fringe’ ***** – What’s On Stage’; ‘sublime… has the audience hooting in recognition’ – The Guardian; ‘astonishing, vivid… had me almost crying with laughter’ **** – The Scotsman). BOOK ME.

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In this episode I chat to author Jeannette Ng about her Gothic Fantasy novel UNDER THE PENDULUM SUN. We discuss how she came upon her tale of a gothic heroine travelling to the mysterious and threatening continent of Arcadia, in search of her missionary brother who has been trying to convert the Fair Folk. We chat about Chinese vampires, world-building, colonialism, the creative freedom of youth, borrowing from established story structures, dreaded second novel syndrome, and writing in the long shadow of the Brontës.

This is a great episode to listen to if you want to know:
– how can I create compelling Fantasy worlds?
– how can I breathe new life into familiar monsters?
– where can I look for inspiration?
– what does Fantasy allow me to do that other genres don’t?
– what strategies can I use to overcome excessive self-criticism?
– what are some pitfalls to avoid when creating Fantasy cultures?

(sorry for forgetting to post this on the site when it went up. Oops!)

If you got value out of this episode please support Jeannette Ng by ordering her novel, UNDER THE PENDULUM SUN.

Please support me and my work by buying my novel, THE HONOURS.

If you’d like to help me cover the costs of making the podcast, you can drop me a few bucks at my ko-fi page – thank you so much for all your support so far.

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