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James Bennett is a British writer raised in Sussex and South Africa. His travels have furnished him with an abiding love of diverse cultures, history and mythology. His short fiction has appeared internationally and his debut novel 'Chasing Embers' was shortlisted for Best Newcomer at the British Fantasy Awards 2017. His latest fiction can be found in the well-received 'The Book of Queer Saints', BFS Horizons and The Dark magazine.

James lives in Spain where he's currently working on a new novel

'A superior piece of magical mythmaking...'
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James Bennett I've just finished Naomi Novik's 'Uprooted', which was fantastic.
I read a history book about Barcelona and I'm currently reading Orwell's 'Homage to …more
I've just finished Naomi Novik's 'Uprooted', which was fantastic.
I read a history book about Barcelona and I'm currently reading Orwell's 'Homage to Catalonia'.
Other recent reads include 'Behind Her Eyes' by Sarah Pinborough and 'A Stranger in Olandria' by Sofia Samatar. Both great. (less)
James Bennett The best piece of writing advice I ever recieved was this:
'Enjoy what you do, because it'll show on the page'.

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The best piece of writing advice I ever recieved was this:
'Enjoy what you do, because it'll show on the page'.

After a decade of publishing stories and novels, I'd add that you can't please everyone and nor should you try. Some readers will hate parts of your writing that other readers love. Some reviewers will dedicate months to gleefully trashing your work while your sales continue to soar. But writing is a craft and every writer is human. We're always learning and (hopefully) improving, so if you want to write, remember that everyone has to start somewhere. So start now.

And I wish you the very best of luck! (less)
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“Some women went for the knight. Others wanted the beast. Neither stood a chance of a happy ending. Until Rose. Rose who only wanted the real him, a secret he could not share. There among the scattered tulips, in a cold and silent embrace, the two of them said welcome home.”
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“of personal care, no towels, toothpaste or soap. The inside of the house was a tasteful tomb. Loneliness by IKEA.”
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“Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion. Egyptian proverb”
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