Writing projects

The Dissolution Key

The urban intricacies of The Lies of Locke Lamora meet the mannered drama and debaucheries of Swordspoint in a setting that evokes the Caucasus and the Balkans.

Since the Burnished City was shaken half into the sea by a magical earthquake, the Inquisitors have policed alchemy with brutal efficiency. Siyon Velo doesn’t let that bother him too much; he won immunity from their laws by stealing the Prefect’s son back from the infernal plane. But safety, security, and even infamy can grow tedious. So when Izmirlian Hisarani – rich, indolent, and just a little fascinating – asks to be evicted from reality, Siyon’s in.

To get away with it, he’ll need to avoid the attention of the Inquisitors as he solicits help from jinn, angels, demons and his mundane friends. But his old ally Anahid, an aristocratic housewife turned burgeoning criminal baron, is sleeping with the Inquisitor who once burned Siyon’s house down. Her younger sister Zagiri has connections Siyon needs, but she’s trading harmless rooftop sabre duels for elegant ballgowns and explosive revolution.

Tangled up in their troubles, Siyon’s promise to help Izmirlian may see them both burn for black alchemy, and just when he’s fallen in love too. But he did promise, and that sorcerous vow is wound around his soul like barbed wire, twisting tighter every day…

In progress

Deadlands

Toxic magic in a poisoned land; a minion of the fallen evil overlord left alive in the wake of his defeat; one woman struggling to carve a future out of her past.

The Djinn’s Whisper

A harsh land aglitter with magic and jewels, but occupied by conquerers; two girls and one choice that plunges them into each other’s lives, and into danger; pirates, princes, and a prophecy that demands fulfilment… and blood.

to put the viscera (the guts, the emotion, the details) back in — a little like making sausage, more like finding that devil in the details and making him spin you a tale