Knights! Camera! Action!

3 Feb

I’m delighted to officially announce that my debut novel Sleepless Knights will be published next year by Atomic Fez! Atomic Fez are based in Canada and specialise in eclectic, genre busting fiction. For more on their remit and fine fictional wares, have a browse here.

Sleepless Knights is the story of Sir Lucas, butler to King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Lucas is the man who stage-managed every epic legend behind the scenes. Mild mannered and soft-spoken he may be, but there’s steel beneath that silk. Lucas wouldn’t just get your back in a fight – he’d kill the demon whilst pressing your jacket with one hand, and sharpening your sword with the other. He’s the one who made sure each quest happened in the right place at the right time, and that everyone involved had comfortable accommodation for the weekend. What’s more, 1,500 years after the golden age of Camelot, he’s still doing it – here in modern Britain, right under our noses. When the knights’ existence is revealed to the world, Lucas faces a quest like no other, and a confrontation with his own unique and peculiar destiny.

It’s still a good twelve months before the book will be released in paperback and e-book formats. Which leads me neatly on to the main point of this blog. The months between now and then will undoubtedly fly by, and I’d love to build up interest about the book ahead of its release, finding and engaging with readers who might enjoy it, and generally spreading the word about Sleepless Knights. But, on the other hand, the last thing I want to do is bombard people with information about something they won’t be able to read until next spring.

So, my idea between now and then is to write a series of bi-monthly blog posts on different subjects relating to the book. Anything, from elements of the writing process and the story itself (minus spoilers, natch) to the influences that shaped it, and books read subsequently that chime with what I tried to achieve in the story. I’m also aware that the internet is packed to the rafters with advice on writing, an awful lot of it very useful stuff which I would only be repeating. If possible I’d like to use this as a chance to ‘write about writing’ in a different way, too. Sort of like the ‘PS’ sections you get in certain paperbacks, crossed with DVD extras, crossed with a rambling conversation in a pub with a man who’s spent far too much time reading Arthurian novels and writing ‘Yes! THIS!’ in the margin. (in HB pencil, you understand, and lightly at that.)

So please do let me know any thoughts you may have on the form these Sleepless Bytes blogs should take  (including whether or not I should call them Sleepless Bytes in the first place…)


4 Responses to “Knights! Camera! Action!”

  1. Ian Alexander Martin February 4, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    How much of the books involves secret mole men and/or Vampyres? Not that it matters to me, but my wife would like to know.

    • markhwilliams February 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

      Surprisingly little – although you and your good spouse might just have hit on a sequel there…

  2. Neil Cocker February 6, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    Feel astonishingly privileged to have already read it.

    And it’s brilliant. Seriously.

    I was actually nervous about reading it, simply because I wouldn’t have known how to tell Mark if it wasn’t very good. But it is genuinely a great read, and confirmed that Mark is as talented a writer as I knew he was.

    I am SO pleased about this. Massively well deserved for the most hard-working and talented man I know.

    • markhwilliams February 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

      Thanks Neil! That’s, frankly, grin-and-blush-inducing praise, which I hope the book eventually lives up to! Any ideas on the kind of blog posts I can muster in advance of its release?

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