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Joseph Delaney

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Joseph Delaney is a full time writer living in Lancashire, in the heart of Boggart territory. He first got the idea for the Wardstone Chronicles series when he moved to the village where he lives now and discovered there was a local boggart - ‘a man like me needs boggarts around’. He made a note in his notebook ‘a story about a man who hunts boggarts’ and years later when he had to come up with an idea at short notice developed this into ‘The Spook’s Apprentice’, the first book in the series.
He continues to draw upon the folklore of Lancashire and has acquired much local knowledge over the years which he tweaks and modifies to create his fictional world. Another source of inspiration has been Lancashire’s varied and atmospheric landscape. M
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Joseph Delaney Read widely, keep a notebook and write down everything that comes into your head, including dreams, make sure you write every day and persevere. I was…moreRead widely, keep a notebook and write down everything that comes into your head, including dreams, make sure you write every day and persevere. I was rejected over 97 times before I was published. (less)
Joseph Delaney Yes you are correct because I think there is good and evil in all of us and I want my books to reflect that. So there is no clear distinction between…moreYes you are correct because I think there is good and evil in all of us and I want my books to reflect that. So there is no clear distinction between ‘good’ and ‘evil’ characters! For example Alice struggles to be good despite her powers that come from the dark and Tom must compromise with the dark in order to survive.(less)
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This blog also features on my website, www.spooksworld.co.uk where I will shortly post an extract from The Dark Army.
Will there be another Spook book after ‘The Dark Assassin’ (to be published January 2017)?
The answer is a probable yes. I already have an idea for it. The central character would be Spook Johnson rather than Tom but Spook Ward and Alice would certainly put in an appearance!
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The core idea of the book doesn’t sound very promising – a whole world woven into a carpet to be hidden from those who would destroy it.
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I enjoyed this book because of its compelling characters, creepy atmosphere and a clever plot. It was hard to put down and I finished it in just one day.
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Quite a few years ago, I had read one of Joanne Harris’ fantasy books ‘Runemarks; then, much more recently, I had enjoyed ‘Different’ and ‘Gentlemen and Players’ – both books set in schools. Joanne Harris was once a teacher and she completely nails
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I was intrigued by the title of the Hammond novel because many years ago I read a book with a very similar title: ‘The Black Cloud’ by Fred Hoyle, published in 1957.
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I have been re-visiting the Rebus novels, this time starting at the very beginning and working my way through them mostly in the order that they were written. Prior to this, I’d read about a quarter of the books but I am reading those again because I ...more
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