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Rod Duncan

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Rod Duncan worked in scientific research and computing before settling in Leicester to be a writer. His first novel, Backlash, was short-listed for the John Creasey Memorial Award (now the CWA Debut Dagger).

After four crime novels he switched to fantasy. The Bullet Catcher's Daughter was nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award. He is currently writing a series of alternate history books, called ‘The Map of Unknown Things'.

Rod is also a screenwriter, and was once eaten alive in the feature film Zombie Undead.
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Rod Duncan Hi there Wordsmith.

I'm so glad you enjoyed the first three. Feedback like that makes the whole process worth it.

As for your question - I am presently…more
Hi there Wordsmith.

I'm so glad you enjoyed the first three. Feedback like that makes the whole process worth it.

As for your question - I am presently writing a novel that follows on from where we left off at the end of The Custodian of Marvels. I think that will be presented as book 1 in a new trilogy rather than book 4 of the Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire. I put a snippet from it on the Gas-Lit Empire Facebook page, here:
https://www.facebook.com/gaslitempire...

Thanks for the encouragement.

Rod(less)
Rod Duncan Hi Kait,

I'm so glad you enjoyed the book.

I try to not read anything similar in genre to whatever I am writing at the time. I am too easily influenced…more
Hi Kait,

I'm so glad you enjoyed the book.

I try to not read anything similar in genre to whatever I am writing at the time. I am too easily influenced and fear that the narrative 'voice' of the book would pull me away from the voice I have set about using.

Having said that, I think you will see general influences from crime fiction and science fiction in this series. The self-deprecating, wry 1st person narrative of private investigator novels is there (early Val McDermid, Janet Evanovich, Raymond Chandler). But also elements of the more muscular 3rd person thriller (Martin Cruz Smith, Robert Harris, Peter Hoeg ). For world building within an alternate history, I am probably influenced by Mervyn Peake as much as anyone. As for the period aesthetic - Arthur Conan Doyle, Oscar Wilde, Jerome K. Jerome.

But I have to say that I am heavily influenced by film also.

Now - I have just spilled a cup of tea over myself, so have to leave it there while I clean up! (less)
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Of Stories and Raven Feathers

The final novel in the Map of Unknown Things trilogy has been sent in to the publisher. The name has been fixed. Cover designs are being created. The process of structural editing will soon be underway. But for a time it is out of my hands. And to some extent out of my mind.

After a couple of months of frenetic and focused work on that one story, I find myself with a few weeks in which I am able to Read more of this blog post »
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“There was once a line marked out by God, through which were divided Heaven and Hell. And thus was chaos banished from the world. The Devil created lawyers to make amends. They argued the thickness of the line until there was room enough within it for all the sins of men to fit. And all the sins of women too. – The Bullet Catcher’s Handbook  ”
Rod Duncan, The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter

“the wealthy seem remarkably honest, for they are seldom found guilty of any crime.”
Rod Duncan, The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter

“There is no more complete and satisfying way for a man to disappear than for him to have never existed.”
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