Winter 2018/19 Creative Writing Classes

My winter creative writing classes will be starting in West Lothian soon – drop me a message or a line if you are potentially interested and I will send you more details. You can find details about my books and other writing here:
http://jakk1954.wixsite.com/johndodds

And here is feedback from my previous class:
https://kwiksurveys.com/r/h8btjvxm

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The Witch’s Promise

Witch's PromiseMy latest work, a 12,300-word novelette, out now on Amazon, . If you are minded to review it, I’d be happy to send you a free copy – just drop me a line with your contact details.

Book description
Caitlin is woman ostracised by her village because they believe her to be a witch. When her blind son disappears one day, she believes he has been abducted and goes on a perilous journey, crossing the boundaries between this world and the land of faerie, encountering dangers and both real and supernatural. Aided by her former familiar, the malevolent wood sprite, Straif, and an old lover, she comes to learn a shocking truth that she could never have imagined.

Postings and podcasts elsewhere

borrowedmanI’ve been remiss with the blog lately, but busy(ish) elsewhere. So I thought I might share some of the stuff I’ve been doing with, and for, other people.

First, a couple of things for Adventures in Scifi Publishing. Most recently I reviewed Gene Wolfe’s latest novel, A Borrowed Man. I had mixed feelings about it, but I was also intrigued by the novel and it has seriously made me consider a re-read at some stage, which is not something I do much of as a ruifthen-144dpile. I suppose that tells you something about the book.

Second, I had the great pleasure of interviewing Matthew de Abaitua following my review of his amazing novel, If Then. It was my first time as a solo podcaster for AISFP, and Matthew was an absolutely fascinating guest. I hope you will consider taking time to check out the interview and/or read my review of his novel…and indeed, rushing out to buy If Then.

Finally, my review of the best anthology I’ve read in ages, The Monstrous, edited by Ellen Datlow. If you’re not scared already…you will be.

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Kendrick Chronicles, Book 2

I mentioned I would be doing a staged release of The Kendrick Chronicles for Kindle. Well, Book 2: Kali’s Kiss, is out now. I hope you will consider picking up a copy or telling your friends and social networks about it. Expect Book 3 soon. I also plan to release the three books as a collection at some stage, too.

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The Kendrick Chronicles, Book 1

I am doing a staged releaseĀ of the e-book versionsĀ of The Kendrick Chronicles trilogy: Bone Machines, Kali’s Kiss and Babylon Slide. They were all published as audiobook originals by Blackstone Audio, Inc., but this is their first release on Amazon Kindle.

Out now, $1.99 (or equivalent in other currencies) from Amazon worldwide.

Bone Machines cover

Creative Writing Classes

I’m launching my first season of creative writing classes this winter.

I aim to start the classes around third week November, depending on numbers. The other way you can contact me to find out more is through my website contact form:
http://jakk1954.wix.com/johndodds#!contact/c1kcz

I will be covering: story creation, creating characters, dialogue, short and long forms of story, and more, plus elements of style for different genres – those who attend can choose their preferences. First season, 10 weeks. The objective is that everyone will complete at least one short story (2,500 to 5,000 words) and peer discussion on the work. I also aim to put the stories into an ebook anthology.

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Interview on Black Fox Literary Magazine

Black Fox MagazineA while back, Black Fox Literary Magazine got in touch to invite me for an interview. I was, of course, delighted that they had sought me out and asked such interesting questions. I especially enjoyed the one about whether any monkeys were involved.

You will find the interview on the Black Fox. I hope you will consider giving feedback, asking questions and generally supporting this excellent publication.