In this episode I chat with New York Times Bestselling Author VE Schwab about magic, moving between worlds and some surprising revelations about pain.

We chat about her early work, the very first book she got published, the perils of the ‘sophomore slump’, rediscovering joy and autonomy in novel writing, and exploring aspects of your personality through different characters.

This is a great episode to listen to if you want to know:
– what if I’m not sure who my audience is?
– how can I come up with compelling characters?
– how heavily should I plan my novel?
– how can I rediscover my joy of writing?
– what’s it like writing for a big audience?
– how can I write unsympathetic or morally-ambiguous main characters and still make the reader want to keep going?

If you’d like to read some VE Schwab a perfect place to start is VICIOUS.

Alternatively, we chat about A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC.

Her books are *rad* you guys. Seriously. Check one out.

If you’d like to support me, the podcast and all the things I’m putting out into the world, if you like what I do and would like me to do more of it, and if you’d like to be the first to read my brand new novel, please help me by pre-ordering a copy of THE ICE HOUSE. It’s got an old lady pulled out of retirement for one last job, a 400-year-old forensic pathologist field medic battle nun looking to bring down an empire, psychedelics, dungeon crawls, jungle adventures, a locked-room murder mystery, intrigue, romance, minotaurs, a secret testing facility, giant sentient beetles, immortal mutant aristocrats, knife fights, an angel, larceny and ancient menaces rising from the depths. You’re going to dig it and it helps me so much. Here are some places you can order now:

Mr B’s Emporium are an indie bookstore who deliver worldwide – I’ll sign all pre-ordered copies from here.



Or ask at your local bricks and mortar bookshop. They’re great!

If you’d like to read a story about a 13 year old girl investigating a secret society in 1930s Norfolk, grab a copy of my novel, THE HONOURS.

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