• An editor’s tears

    14 January 2022

    I sent Volume 3 (the final volume) of my Archibald Lox series to my editor, Zoe, at the start of this month. Although I'll be breaking it down to release as three short books, I wrote the story arc...

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  • Kilnhurst & Co.

    13 January 2022

    I did my first online schools event of 2022 on Monday, with a load of students from Kilnhurst Primary School, Swinton Queen Primary School, and a couple of others in the South Yorkshire region of...

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  • Freaky YouTube reviews

    12 January 2022

    I always like it when fans review my books via the medium of video, through a site like YouTube. Written reviews tend to more concisely and carefully represent the writer's thoughts, but there's a...

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  • Tattoo Tuesday, Spanish-style!

    11 January 2022

    It's another Tattoo Tuesday in Shanville, but this one is both an old familiar AND a Tattoo Tuesday first!!


    This particular tattoo was shared with me by a fan of my books called Enke, who lives...

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  • Mr Crepsley’s birthday is WHEN?!?

    10 January 2022

    The thorny issue of Mr Crepsley's BIRTHDAY raised its head on Twitter last week!!


    A fan with the user handle @1Larten posted a screenshot from a Darren Shan fandom site, listing his birth date...

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  • Bentalls has a lot to answer for!

    09 January 2022

    Before COVID, the Shans used to be bouncing back and forth between Limerick and London like pinballs being smashed by giants across the Irish sea! Although I'm most assuredely Irish (despite my...

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