The Inspiration for Thief Mage Beggar Mage

I grew up on Hans Christian Andersen stories, and one of my favourites is The Tinderbox, with its three magical dogs, one with its eyes ‘big as wagon wheels.’ I remember the image from the Storyteller series in particular, and I would go back to that story again and again. So naturally one day I sat down to write a story about a penniless soldier who finds a treasure, falls

Five Times Dozha and Kani

These are two post Thief Mage, Beggar Mage ficlets that show the different sides of the same coin. WARNING FOR MAJOR SPOILERS, so definitely only read these if you’ve finished the book. 5 Times Dozha Did Not Fall in Love, and One Time He Did. 1 It was not easy being the adopted child of a dragon, chosen for one thing and one thing only. Dozha knew that Sinastrillia did

Art and Other Things

How it is July already? I’ve been working on some new and old projects, and trying to light a fire under my creativity again. Reading good books always makes me want to write (and write better than I did before), so I’ve been dipping into Neil Willamson’s excellent collection Secret Language. He’s a very good writer, so always a goto for inspiration. Check out his work here at NewCon Press. I’ve