It’s a December Author Spotlight Flood! Clearing out my backlog and getting these authors into the spotlight.
- a prolific full-time fantasy author based in Morecambe, England
Readers, thanks for checking out another Author Spotlight Interview. Let’s give a good, hearty welcome to this week’s guest!
Jon Cronshaw is a full-time fantasy and speculative fiction author based in Morecambe, England.
Born in Wolverhampton, he has a PhD in the history of art and has written for local and national newspapers across the UK.
He’s an avid reader, podcaster, and history geek.
Jon, thanks for agreeing to be here today. Most author spotlight interviews start off with the boring stuff, but I know what readers REALLY want to know.
If you could have any pet (real/fantasy/no-allergies/no worries about feeding it) what would it be?
I’d love a pet narwhal. Ideally, it would be a talking narwhal. And it would have to have either legs or wheels as I really don’t like the idea of trying to a drag a tonne of whale around on a leash.
Narwhals are pretty awesome! What about a narwhal that could swim through water and air?
What do you write? And how did you get started?
I write SFF and as far as I can remember, I always have. I spent most of my twenties becoming a professional writer, only to realise I was writing the wrong thing.
So glad you found your way to writing what brings you joy!
What do you like to read?
Anything. I read a short story, a poem, and an essay every day, and I love most genres. Of course, my favourite genre is epic fantasy, especially if there’s lots of good banter and swashbuckling. I love a good swashbuckle.
Fun stories are fun to read!
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that doesn’t work for you
Write for yourself.
I know this works for some writers, but if I wrote for myself, I wouldn’t be answering your questions, writing stories people want to read, or even thinking about things like genres.
HA! I would have to say, I write for myself, I edit for other people — adding in all of that context and description and more.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice they can pry out of your cold, dead hands
Story is king.
It doesn’t matter how well you write, if you can’t tell a story, readers won’t care. I’m sure we’ve all read books where the
writing is terrible, but you’re dragged through the story and can’t wait to discover what happens.
So true! Any of the writing so-called rules can be discarded if you tell the story well enough. I find a lot of people try to focus on themes or world building and lose track of the story.
Shameless Self-Promotion time!
(Book 2 due out in January)
Fedor and Lev are thieves…not killers. They lead a desperate life in the tunnels of Nordturm, conning and stealing to buy their next meal.
But when an assassin recruits them against their will, they are forced into a life they do not want and cannot escape. If they leave, they will die. But if they stay, they must kill.
Can they survive the master’s relentless evaluation?
Is loyalty stronger than the will to live?
Will their friendship last the ordeal?
The end of antibiotics. The return of the plague.
Liam will do anything to keep his family safe. Reeling from the death of his mother, Liam and his wife Jenna must do all they can to reunite with their four-year-old son, Tommy.
Armed with only a cricket bat, the couple must travel across the country to reach their child.
Can they evade the authorities and survive life on the road?
Who are the plague doctors and what do they want?
How far will Liam and Jenna go to get Tommy back?
Kat is heir to a brutal empire… but the last thing she wants to do is rule.
When the day she’s been dreading finally arrives, she is torn between her royal duties and a desire to follow her magical destiny. Kat must choose between true love and risk certain war, or accept an arranged marriage with a man three times her age?
With only a wyvern and a messenger boy as her friends, Kat is forced to embark on a magical adventure to seek out the mysterious Guardians and unlock the secret of her powers…and her family’s hidden past.
What do her mysterious dreams mean? Who killed her father? How deep do the secrets run and who is pulling the strings?
Inspired by the tarot and set in a rich medieval world, this omnibus collection brings together all twenty-two novellas of Jon Cronshaw’s best-selling series, The Ravenglass Chronicles.
Abel survived the apocalypse… but drugs nearly killed him.
He scrapes together a meagre existence with his dog trading junk he finds on the wastes. But when he crosses paths with a group of enslaved children, he must do everything he can to save them.
Can he ever be free from drugs? Will he find a place to call home?
Is there hope in a hopeless world?