What is the Artisan-Sorcerer Series about?
A group of artists and craftsworkers share a house near Sefton Park in Liverpool, and together they create paintings, pottery, masks and other beautiful works of art. Most of them hold down conventional jobs too, which is usual for many creative people these-days. A lot of the challenges they face reflect of the realities of modern life. However, they are also members of a secretive international magical order, and come into conflict with River Dee selkies and the notorious Caldy fae.
Do you need to be into philosophy, the occult or New Age subjects to enjoy the series?
No, not at all - this is a Fantasy fiction series. If some people enjoy picking out the thread of philosophy, that's great; but many readers simply enjoy the adventure of believable characters facing difficult situations. There's plenty of magic, mystery and romance mixed in there, too.
Do the books have to be read in a particular sequence?
The first three novels, Tamsin, Rowan and Bethany Rose can be read in any order. The most recent novel, Fabian, continues from Rowan but it can easily followed even if the others haven't been read first.
The collection of five short Artisan-Sorcerer stories, Intimations, could be read at any point, too. Intimations is currently on offer from most online book stores as a free download, so readers can enjoy a taste of the series.
To read the Artisan-Sorcerer series in chronological order, start with Bethany Rose, then Tamsin and then Rowan and then Fabian.
There are also some published short stories featuring the Caldy fae and Dee Selkies, also, such as Spanish Jones and A Wirral Otherkin Trilogy. These loosely link to the series, as both the fae and selkies have roles in the stories; and these short ebooks can be read in any sequence, also.
There are also some traditionally published short stories which link to the novels. Seagull Inn, (pbs. Hadley Rille Books in their anthology, Ruins Terra), introduces Rowan and Lydia in a ghost story set on Hilbre Island. The Club, (pbs. by Dark Moon Press in Dark of the Night: An Anthology of Shadows), introduces Jason and offers a glimpse into his life not long before he and Rowan met. The Caldy fae feature in Old World Magic, (pbs. Hadley Rille Books in their Ruins Metropolis anthology).
Tell me more about the fourth novel, Fabian.
Fabian was published on the 9th September, 2016. There's a lot more magic in this book, for all that Fabian is forced to deal with real-world situations such as vandalism and harrassment. Readers will also learn much more about everyday life in the Artisan-Sorcerer's household, and how it is changing. The sub-theme of Morgan's and Bethany Rose's decades-long romance is returned to, and will be viewed in a new light - but I'm not going to give away too many hints!
You've also published several collections of short stories?
I've been writing short stories for years. I enjoy the format. It's something that can be completed in a relatively short span of time - a few stolen hours or a weekend. So I decided to bundle some of these together into small ebook collections. I did something similar for my poetry.
There are also two anthologies which I edited, City Stories and Seaside Stories, which feature contributions from a number of other writers plus my own work, and which are available as free ebooks.