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I'm a full-time editor, a part-time daydreamer and a constant scribbler. I have a three-year-old son (known to the internet as Small) and a baby girl (known, perhaps predictably, as Tiny). Things I like include snacks, books, complex maths problems, snacks, animated films and snacks. Send me chocolate and I'll be your forever friend. I also happen to be a robin some of the time, but you shouldn't let that bother you.

My debut novel, DARKHAVEN, is out now from Harper Voyager. It's a fast-paced fantasy whodunnit featuring love, murder and obsession, carriage chases, duels to the death and a very angry Wyvern, set in a unique city in the throes of industrial revolution. Coming soon to an ebook reader near you :-)

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A.F.E. Smith Why, thank you for asking, Goodreads automatic question-poser. I would have to say the never-ending feeling of self-doubt and crushing inadequacy.

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Why, thank you for asking, Goodreads automatic question-poser. I would have to say the never-ending feeling of self-doubt and crushing inadequacy.

Seriously, though, aside from consistently worrying you’re not good enough – which, let’s face it, isn’t a problem restricted to those of us who aspire to authordom – being a writer is pretty great. You get to spend time with your imaginary friends without being called weird (at least to your face). You get to explore and play with ideas and words and the ‘what if’. Most importantly, you get to add a touch of enjoyment to other people’s lives.

You know … there are books that I love, that I feel privileged to have read, that changed my life; and there are a whole lot more books that didn’t have the same shattering impact but nevertheless were a wonderful way to spend a few hours. If my own writing can fall into the second category for a handful of people – or even, dare I say it, into the first category for one or two – then I will have done my job. And that’s the best thing about being a writer: the possibility that someone might lose themselves in one of my books and feel all the better for it.

Plus, I have a good excuse to eat lots of snacks. Because chocolate helps me think better. Really.(less)
A.F.E. Smith For a long time the answer would have been a dragon, because really, who DOESN'T like dragons? I grew up reading Anne McCaffrey and one of my greatest…moreFor a long time the answer would have been a dragon, because really, who DOESN'T like dragons? I grew up reading Anne McCaffrey and one of my greatest ambitions was to Impress a dragon. (I should probably add that this ambition was similar to the one I had to go to Hogwarts: I knew it wasn't going to happen, for obvious reasons, but that didn't stop me wanting it A LOT.)

But these days, my answer tends to be a phoenix. I guess I like what they represent: rebirth, renewal, a brand new start arising from disaster. I find it an inspiring way to view the world, in general – if something goes terribly wrong, it's simply preparing me for a new stage in my life. It's always a comfort to believe that good things can come out of bad.

And, of course, since writing Darkhaven I also have a soft spot for unicorns, particularly the winged variety :-)(less)
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This blog post will not be written with any kind of skill or coherence. Just getting that out there before you actually decide to commit five minutes of your life to reading it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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“He looked sad. ‘It’s hard to believe of her. She always seemed such a sweet girl.’

Sorrow rolled her eyes. ‘Your problem, Tomas, is that your natural paranoia is in constant tension with an almost pathological desire to believe the best of people. Sweet tells you nothing. Fuck it, I could be sweet if the occasion demanded.’

They looked at each other. Caraway’s lips twitched. Sorrow glared at him for a moment before conceding. ‘Maybe not. But you take my point.”
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“I come in peace,’ Sorrow drawled, offering him the knife hilt-first. ‘This was just in case I met anyone I didn’t like on the way.”
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“Ree flinched as a dozen heads turned her way. She could see how they expected this to go. Either she and the other girl would become great friends and form their own exclusive little circle separate from the rest, or they’d be bitter rivals who constantly vied to beat each other in training. Those were the only two narratives open to her. That was what happened when you were part of a minority: to everyone else, your identity was intimately bound up with the group you belonged to”
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