Monthly Archives: January 2014

Why choose me?

Fastian

In the world of independent publishing, we, the reader, are confronted with a barrage of short stories, novellas and novels of every genre imaginable (and even some that aren’t). So how do we choose what to buy and what not to buy? Continue reading

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3 tips for writing watertight fantasy, science fiction and time travel stories

A really good piece on fantasy and sci-fi writing.

Nail Your Novel

The Hills Are AliveYou could argue that fantasy and science fiction are the genres where we can be most imaginative and inventive. But this very freedom brings responsibility. I see a lot of science fiction and fantasy authors who confuse the reader because they don’t cover a few very important bases. And I’ve had to address a few of these issues myself in my sci-fi fable Lifeform Three.

1 The logic of the world must be established – and stuck to

You need to establish, early on, what can be done and what can’t. If you have robots, for instance, what can and can’t they do? Are they benevolent? Of course, you don’t have to explain this if your story is a mystery, where the characters have to puzzle out the logic of the world, but otherwise you need to cover those bases as part of the setting description.

This particularly applies…

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And we start again!

It’s been a while since I’ve dragged myself to the blog, but I’ve been neglecting it more than I should. I suppose I’ve been relaxing slightly after all the hard work I have put into Fastian over the past year or so.

But now … Continue reading

Fastian: An Edgeweir Tale (The Weaver Saga) by Jay Finn

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Blurb for Fastian.
The Nation: A sadistic and cruel empire that has ruled Edgeweir since time beyond memory. But under the tutelage of Alabaster Shanks, a group of disparate rebels have come together to fight back and stand up to the Nation’s rule.

Amongst them is Fastian; dark, dangerous and with an eye for vengeance; and Jacob, a boy and the newest recruit, who possesses a skill craved by the rebels.

Now they come together to undertake a mission that could be the beginning of the end for the Nation. But with Fastian’s mind ever on the past and Jacob’s eye firmly on his future, will they be capable enough to ever see it through?

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Bio: Jay Finn is an Irish author who has just released his debut fantasy novel ‘Fastian.’

He has also penned two short story collections ‘Looking Back’ and ‘Beneath the Darkness.’

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Purchase at Amazon here: 

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Free Books Giveaway

To help promote ‘Fastian,’ or more rightly stated, to help promote myself, I’m making my two mini short story collections Looking Back and Beneath the Darkness
So feel free (pun intended) to go download them and fill a short patch of your day immersed in my words.

…good friend, Author Jay Finn has ‘FASTIAN’ available now… have a look … #TBSU…

Many thanks to Seumas for his shoutout

Seumas Gallacher

…just have a wee keek at this great cover page… and that’s even before yeez delve into the terrific story… as our cousins across the pond would say, ‘…go check it out, man… dude can write…’
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…here’s the flavouring:

The Nation: A sadistic and cruel empire that has ruled Edgeweir since time beyond memory. But under the tutelage of Alabaster Shanks, a group of disparate rebels have come together to fight back and stand up to the Nation’s rule.

Amongst them is Fastian; dark, dangerous and with an eye for vengeance; and Jacob, a boy and the newest recruit, who possesses a skill craved by the rebels.

Now they come together to undertake a mission that could be the beginning of the end for the Nation. But with Fastian’s mind ever on the past and Jacob’s eye firmly on his future, will they be capable enough to ever see it…

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Radio interview.

Last week, I had the pleasure of giving my first ever radio interview in my promotion of ‘Fastian.’ Safe to say, I was a wee bit nervous (and I think it can be heard in my voice for the first few minutes) but it was a weirdly cool experience and it’s only fair I share it with you guys.
So, you can listen to it here