Out of this world

I’ve always been a sucker for fantasy novels. I blame Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series for this, as it hooked me as a teenager and I still read it today.

From a reader’s point of view, I love the fact that fantasy novels are set in strange and amazing worlds. From a writer’s point of view, I’ve hit the hurdle of having to create a world of my own and – most difficult of all – make it believable. Continue reading

Beyond belief

I watched the film ‘King Arthur’ on television the other day. Or rather, I saw part of the film, because the characters were so wooden, and the retelling of the story so contrived as to be unwatchable.

I do not say this lightly, because I generally like Clive Owen and Keira Knightly, who were the leads in this particular film, and I grew up an avid reader of myths and legends such as the tale of King Arthur. Continue reading