• School stuff

    27 September 2021

    Cirque Du Freak was infamously turned down by 20 different publishers in the UK when my agent first took it to them in 1997. (Sounds apocryphal, I know, but it's absolutely true, and I still have...

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  • Fota Wildlife Park

    26 September 2021

    During our summer holiday in Cork back in July, the Shan clan spent a lovely day in Fota Wildlife Park, where we strolled around and saw all types of wonderful animals, mostly with far more space...

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  • Darren and Steve - two of a kind

    25 September 2021

    In Cirque Du Freak, I always saw Darren and Steve as two sides of the same coin. While neither character was based directly on myself, there are strong elements of me in both of them, and I kind of...

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  • More cakes!!

    24 September 2021

    Last week I posted photos of a couple of birthday cakes which had been themed after my books. In response, a couple of other fans posted pics of Shan-themed birthday cakes which had been made for...

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  • Only 10 days until Octocon 2021!

    23 September 2021

    Only 10 days to go until my ONLY live online event of 2021 at Octocon 2021 -- are you getting excited yet?!?


    Octocon is the National Irish Science Fiction Convention. It's usually held in...

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  • YA fantasy adaptations of the 2000s

    22 September 2021

    Several months ago (sorry for being so late with my link!!) a YouTuber called Better With Bob? (with the coolest bandana in YouTubedom!) filmed an impressive video about YA fantasy books in the...

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