J C Steel, author

 Knives, spaceships, and dirty fighting – who says a mercenary cult can’t be fun?

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Writing myths: slay the dragon

Writing Myths that need slaying I must write something other people will like and approve of. No. A thousand times no. As Oscar Wilde put it “You can always judge a man by the quality of his...

Amazon Author Central – undercover to El Dorado

Amazon Author Central - Undercover to El Dorado Yo, authors! I was kidding about El Dorado. This is much better hidden. There's something provided by Amazon. It's free, it's useful, and it's very...

John Thornton, Galaxy of Authors

John Thornton “Settle for a B.” Goodreads Amazon author page Facebook Get the books! [tweetthis hidden_hashtags="#scifi #IARTG"...

Author website transition

… boldly going where no reader has gone before. Today officially marks the day when I change over all my various links and redirects to the cool, new, jcsteelauthor.com author website. Well, that's...

UK International Novel Writing Competition

The news of the year to date: both Through the Hostage and Fighting Shadows made it through the initial cut to get into Round 2 of the UKNWC. This is particularly awesome, not just because from...

Etymology Excavation: “Raining cats and dogs”

What is etymology, and why are you excavating it? Etymology is like the archeology of a language (definition: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed...

Etymology Excavation: “strong suit”

What is etymology, and why are you excavating it? Etymology is like the archeology of a language (definition: the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed...

Chapter Quotes – the authors

Chapter Quotes - the authors I get a lot of reader comments about the chapter quotes. They're probably the single biggest common talking point across the feedback I get, so I thought I...

Cruising for vampires

Sun, sails...and vampires Incongruous trio of concepts. When I first floated (aha) the idea of a team of vampire hunters based on a yacht in the Caribbean, I frankly expected to get shot...

Get Inspired: Week 3

Immortality doesn't mean you'll live forever...(Get Inspired, week 3) The peaches of immortality ripen only once in every three thousand years. If you find and eat one, you're guaranteed...

Richard Stephens, Galaxy of Authors

Richard H. Stephens 'Durned elf.' Author website Twitter Amazon author page Facebook Goodreads Get the books! [tweetthis hidden_hashtags="#fantasy #IARTG"...

Who’d become a vampire hunter?

The ones who don't stand by and do nothing The crew of the Artemis are an eclectic bunch, but they have exactly one thing in common; they fight to save your ass from something you don't...

The Chapter Quotes

Why add chapter quotes? Where do you get your chapter quotes from? Aren't chapter quotes hell to format? Me, personally, I enjoy chapter quotes. Dorothy Dunnett, Seanan McGuire, and of course Frank...

Background to the Cortii – history, structure, and recruitment

The Cortii are mercenaries. As we meet them in the Cortii series, they’re the descendants of a mercenary cult that has existed for more than eight millennia, since the pre-spaceflight era. As far as...

Get Inspired: Week 3

Immortality doesn't mean you'll live forever...(Get Inspired, week 3) The peaches of immortality ripen only once in every three thousand years. If you find and eat one, you're guaranteed...

Writing myths: slay the dragon

Writing Myths that need slaying I must write something other people will like and approve of. No. A thousand times no. As Oscar Wilde put it “You can always judge a man by the quality of his...

Iceland vacation – this rolling stone gathers moss

Iceland, 2016 For anyone who's been wondering why my social media feeds went unfed and my websites were empty to the whistling winds of time recently ...well, I was in Iceland, caving in lava tubes,...

Self-publishing 101 – print-on-demand

Print-on-demand Hello authors. So, print-on-demand. Well, it's finally That Time - after months or years, you've written, revised, gathered your alpha and beta readers' input together, revised a bit...

The innermost circle…the author’s desk

The Author's Desk The centre of the madness, the eye of the storm ... where the Cortii series is written, edited, and not infrequently sworn about. Almost out of shot to the right, there is a cat...

Cruising for vampires

Sun, sails...and vampires Incongruous trio of concepts. When I first floated (aha) the idea of a team of vampire hunters based on a yacht in the Caribbean, I frankly expected to get shot...

Define ‘mercenary’

Can the Cortii be called 'mercenaries'? Well, I had an interesting contention a couple of weeks back that no, they couldn't, because they undergo intensive training and have a command structure, so...

Character Interviews – Irin Seviki

West stable block, Seviki Equines and Exotics - a ranch master and an author meet Irin Seviki: ...Ilan? J C Steel: Not exactly. She said she was going to visit your horses. IS: You're Ilan's...

Highlights of 2016

2016 round-up I thought that rather than making  a list of things to do next year that I know I'm not going to get to, I'd make a list, instead, of the things I actually did in 2016. (Da-da-da-done,...

Kayaks and seals and jellyfish, oh my

Kayaks and seals and jellyfish, oh my So my stay-cation hasn't all been sedentary, it included kayaks. I live on a ridge of rock sticking out, most appropriately, from the Rockies. If...

Get Inspired: Week 4

I'll take Death over the Tower any day (Get Inspired, week 4) My living room windows blew in, less than a second after I hit the deck under my table. Sadly, this kind of thing happens often enough...

Bill McCormick, Galaxy of Authors

Bill McCormick All things considered I should be dead. Since I’m not I’m enjoying the ride. Author website Amazon author page Goodreads Facebook Instagram Get the books! [tweetthis...

Who’d become a vampire hunter?

The ones who don't stand by and do nothing The crew of the Artemis are an eclectic bunch, but they have exactly one thing in common; they fight to save your ass from something you don't...

Live it, survive it, use it

No idea about anyone else, but my life occasionally gets a thematic earworm. Example: have you ever learnt a new word, and then the damn thing pops up everywhere for a week or so? Yeah. Kind of...

Neven Carr, Galaxy of Authors

Neven Carr Author website Twitter Facebook Amazon author page Get the books! A twisty, complex...

Writing Playlist

Do I have a writing playlist for the Cortii series? ... oh hell yes. My Muse works best with music, and can probably be visualised with her Dockers up on the table, a joint in one hand, and scars...

Urban Fantasy

 When ‘Here be monsters’ doesn’t only mark the unknown…

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