This Writing Life

I went to Fantasycon by the Sea, which was in Scarborough at the end of September. I’d never been to the town before – it’s delightful. We stayed at the Grand Hotel, a slightly faded Victorian gem with wonderful views of the bay and harbour. Although the weather forecast was cloudy with some rain, we had a very sunny weekend. We met up with a lot of old friends and found some new ones. I was particularly glad to see Irene Soldatos and Harriet Goodchild, who I’ve known since the old Authonomy days but had never met before in the flesh. They were there promoting their books, Irene’s Bad Bishop, and Harriet’s The Crooked Path, which had only just come out.

I went to some panels, the Elizabeth Bear and Frances Hardinge interviews, and even did a reading from Dead Men. As usual, the reading venue was tucked well away from most of the con, and I only got an audience of eight. We did sell a few books over the weekend, so that was a bonus.

I’m trying to do more readings. Like most authors I suspect, I’m not a natural performer and I find it hard to read my stuff out loud in public. I used to hate reading around the class at school (we even had to do it in French once!) and I was usually several chapters ahead, and so had to stumble back to the right place when my turn came, but these are my stories, so I ought to be able to tell them. A friend has organised a monthly reading evening in a local pub – it’s called Fiction Fix. Here’s a link to a report on her website from the first one, with incriminating photos! I’ve done two readings there so far, and although the venue isn’t ideal and I struggle with using a microphone, it’s good practice. I found that the Anna and Zenni books are difficult to read from, due to the telepathic conversations that make much more sense on the page. Last time I read from The Third Worst Thing That Can Happen On Mars, and I found Vonnie’s voice was much easier to do.

The next date is November 6th, so if you’re near Peterborough, drop into the Draper’s Arms at about 8 pm. I plan to read something from my unpublished space opera, Warbird, which is waiting for a cover and will probably appear next year.

In other news, The Spook and the Spirit in the Stone is due to come out in print and e-book from Pro Se Press soon. I’m waiting for the galleys and to see the cover. I’ll post updates here.

Legends of New Pulp Fiction

The charity anthology to benefit my publisher, Tommy Hancock, and his family has just launched from Airship 27. Legends of New Pulp Fiction is a massive book, 776 pages in all, the work of 62 writers and 36 artists, edited by Ron Fortier, assisted by Todd Jones and Jaime Ramos.

I have a story in it, a short, sweet Afton & Jerome tale, and Morgan Fitzsimons, who did the cover for With Amber Tears, did three new black and white illustrations for it. You can get it in paperback and on Kindle from Amazon US and Amazon UK

It’s also available as a .pdf and will be produced as an audiobook, which will be 42 hours long.

Here’s the front cover, by Douglas Klauba –


and here’s the back, with the list of contributors.



I really hope this sells well. It’s a wonderful sampler for those who want to dip their toes into the sea of New Pulp.

Two New Jilly Books!

Two new books have just landed, both with my name on.

The first is ‘With Amber Tears’, the sequel to ‘To Die A Stranger’, from Pro Se Productions, and here’s the cover, the work of the very wonderful Morgan Fitzsimons.


From the announcement:

“In To Die a Stranger, Jilly Paddock introduced readers to the rather unique and dangerous world of Anna-Marie Delany and Zenni.  Pro Se Productions proudly announces the release of Paddock’s second novel in this action packed and innovative series.  With Amber Tears is now available in print and digital format.

“Science Fiction,” says Tommy Hancock, Pro Se Productions Editor in Chief, “is a field that, although many feel has little innovation left within it, is just waiting for someone to come and redefine it.  Jilly Paddock is in the process of doing just that with her Zenith Alpha 4013 series.  Jilly infuses every aspect of the universe she is creating in each book with emotion.  From Anna-Marie’s relationship with Zenni to the very way the world functions, how the technology works, Jilly is pouring life into all elements of the tale and that shines through.  With Amber Tears will wrap readers into the experience Jilly is creating and carry them on the ride of their lives.”

With Amber Tears is available now in e-book and paperback at Amazon US and Amazon UK, at Pro Se’s own store at for $15.00 and for most digital formats via Smashwords at

The second book is ‘From the Dragon Lord’s Library‘, published by 18thWall Productions and currently available as an e-book. I have a story in the first volume, a reprint of ‘The Dragon, Fly’. Sometimes you write a story that just keeps on giving, and I’ve been paid for this one twice, plus the royalties from sales of my e-book collection that it appears in. Again, the cover is by Morgan Fitzsimons.


Slow Meandering Blog Tour, Part the Third

Two new interviews appeared this week. Theresa Derwin gave me space to do a guest post on her Terror Tree blog – thanks, Theresa! I included a short excerpt from Dead Men, the scene in which Jerome meets a fairy in the heart of an enchanted wood.

The second was hosted by Ralph L. Angelo Jr. on his Ralph’s Rants blog. Ralph is another New Pulp writer published by Pro Se Press and I’m very grateful for his support. He’s also included in Legends of New Pulp Fiction, the benefit anthology I mentioned in my last post.

Dead Men is beginning to get reviews – an nice 5 star one on Amazon UK and a drop dead gorgeous one on the BFS site. Thank you, Stewart Horn, and I’m so glad you liked the book!


Slow Meandering Blog Tour, Part Two

There’s another interview up, thanks to Lee Houston Jr.

Find it here. I’ve tried to give all the facts in a fresh way – this promotion stuff is hard!

It also looks like With Amber Tears, the sequel to To Die A Stranger, will be coming out in the not too distant future. The book is formatted and we’re adding a few more details to the cover, but it’s nearly ready.

I’ve also got a story in Legends of New Pulp Fiction, the benefit anthology for Tommy Hancock, my publisher at Pro Se Press, which is coming out from Airship 27 in late October/early November. Not sure if I’ll have print copies of this to take to Fantasycon, but I’ll try. Here’s an image of its back cover, so you can see what an amazing book this will be.LegendsNewPulpBackCover


Slow Meandering Blog Tour

To promote the new book, Dead Men Rise Up Never, I’ll be doing various interviews, and I’ll add links to each one here.

First up is on Nancy Hansen’s blog, Writing from Home. Nancy is another New Pulp writer and also has books out from Pro Se Press, as well as Airship 27 and Mechanoid Press. She’s running a series of interviews at the moment (she’s done Raven Dane, Bobby Nash and Jim Beard) and was kind enough to host mine. It has lots of lovely pictures of covers and some of my crafty stuff – a cross-stitch Cerebus the Aardvark, a cats, moons and stars bracelet and a phoenix tarot bag, which I keep my Ancient Egyptian Tarot in.

Nancy has added an interview with Bev Allen, who I went to school with. She was one of the terrible trio of writing friends who could always be found scribbling away and talking through scenes from the latest epic at the back of the classroom. All three of us are published authors now.

Lisa M.Collins has put up an interview here. We tried to vary the questions, so it’s a bit different. Thanks, Lisa, for doing this and also for all the promotion on Twitter and Facebook. You probably haven’t read ‘To Die A Stranger’ yet, but when you do, please don’t be offended that I called one of the baddies Michael Collins. I’m sure he isn’t from your branch of the family!

Dead Men seems to be selling well, especially in e-book. Now holding my breath and crossing my fingers as I wait for the first reviews to land.

The New Novel Is Out!

My new Afton & Jerome novel is out, available on Amazon US, UK and Smashwords (and probably other places as well). It’s SF/detective with a touch of the supernatural and a bit of humour. My usual obsessions with food, art and poetry are also included. Dave did an introduction and the book ends with an extra short story, Five of Humours; one of Melancholy; one of Honey.

Here’s a link to the announcement from Pro Se.

Here’s an Amazon UK link, and here’s one for Amazon US.

Here’s the Smashwords page.

Here’s the cover, which I think is beautiful.

Dead Men Cover

Afton & Jerome’s first outing in the novella “The Spook and the Spirit in the Stone” is also available as an e-book (link on my Amazon author pages). A paperback version will be produced by Pro Se later in the year.

Cover Reveal

I’ve been sitting on this for a couple of weeks, waiting until I could show you the cover for my next book from Pro Se Press. Here it is in all its glory, a great piece of artwork by Adam Shaw.


I love it! I think he’s captured Afton and Jerome perfectly, although Afton would never let Jerome use a gun as he’s so clumsy he’d probably shoot himself in the foot!

The title is Dead Men Rise Up Never and it’s an SF/detective novella using the characters introduced in The Spook and the Spirit in the Stone which I self-published on Kindle. It also contains a bonus short story, Five of Humours: One of Melancholy: One of Honey, which is about our heroes drinking to forget a particularly upsetting case.

Here’s the press release on the Pro Se blog.

Dead Men will be out in print and as an e-book in the next few weeks.

Free Novella!

To celebrate the Made in Peterborough local writers event, which takes place tomorrow (I’m venturing forth to meet my public, dahlings!) I’ve uploaded The Spook and the Spirit in the Stone to Smashwords. If you use coupon code TL49M you can get all manner of electronic formats for nothing. The coupon is valid until 15/2/15, so if you don’t already have this SF detective tale, please make use of it.

Made in Peterborough

I shall be taking part in Made in Peterborough, an event promoting local writers. It’s on February 7th in the Central Library, and I’ll be there for the morning session, 10-12 a.m. I’ll have some books to sell, and will answer questions about my work and writing. If anyone’s in town that Saturday morning, please pop in for a chat!

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