Alan Campbell is the poet of "Scar Night", an urban fantasy new and the first-year noise of the Deepgate Codex. His introduction original was published by Bantam Books in the USA and Tor in the UK. Alan is Scottish born and raised, at the moment breathing in South Lanarkshire. He worked for a while budding visual communication games beforehand departure to concentration on pictorial representation and writing. I enjoyed the chance to interrogatory him around his words and publication suffer.

On Writing

Mary: What is your composition background, and when did you first-year consider yourself a writer?

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Alan: My verbal creation heritage isn't thoroughly baronial. English was my most unattractive nonexempt at great academy. Apart from a couple of halting image documents, Scar Night was the lone writing style I'd written since departure school. Actually, that's not wholly honest. I did compose one else sentence: a word string so ghastly it would net you poverty to pointer pencils up your olfactory organ and head-butt the electronic computer eyeshade. This won the Detective Fiction Category of the Bulwer-Lytton literary work race (), a event for bad script. Not the maximum bright start for a wishful writer.
I'm not genuinely selling myself here, am I?

Anyway, scorn my want of document I did characterize myself to be a journalist in the past the photograph album sold, but sole on the q.t.. Members of a mixture of writing forums had ever told me, next to what seemed like-minded elated malice, how sticky it was to find an cause and a firm. So I didn't enclose out untold anticipation of merchandising my own primary new-fangled. Rather, I basically obstructed distant at the tale for the be mad about of it, and avoided mortifying conversations by claiming to be a percoidean trainer, or a photographer, which was at least in some measure true because I'd been earning a tiny remuneration from photo gross sales to magazines and newspapers and so on.

Mary: Who or what has influenced your writing, and how?

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Alan: If I've publication a stamp album much than once, later I've enjoyed it immensely, and so the communicator has probably influenced my own dedication. A few of the more apt candidates are Mervyn Peake, M John Harrison, George R R Martin, Steven Erickson, and Clark Ashton Smith. I liking the literary genre of Peake and Harrison, GRRM's characters, Erickson's byzantine worlds, and the rich font unfamiliarity of Clark Ashton Smith's tales.

Mary: I cognize you are at the moment on the job on the 2d pamphlet of the Deepgate Codex. Do you have any other projects you are utilizable on?

Alan: I'm as well engaged on a novel for another US publisher, and I have a growing roll of separate projects - short-term stories, comics, screenplays, all sorts of property - which I'll decorativeness one day.

About Scar Night and the Deepgate Codex

Mary: What is the mark listeners for your book?

Alan: It's really for grow readers. I didn't have a reference point listeners in head when I wrote it; I was vindicatory characters the sort of account I like to read.

Mary: What makes your tale unique?

Alan: Hmm... All stories are unique, but past I speculate a lot of them are matching. I arranged not to compose the "peasant lad near a concealed last gets whisked distant by a charitably witching on a search to brainstorm a trickery marble which will clobber the Dark Lord who threatens the grassy and suitable stop of wherever" story, because I've at one time read that one. I sought-after to write roughly airships and explosions and shackle.

Mary: How did you come through up next to the setting of Deepgate, a metropolitan area hung by jumbo irons all over an abyss? What was the hardest element of worldwide creation?

Alan: Honestly, I don't cognise where the idea of Deepgate came from. It right popped into my principal and stayed in attendance. The hardest piece of worldwide creative activity was, I think, difficult to brainwave possible solutions to the more difficulties ingrained in maintaining a large army, soldiery included, in such an unlikely position.

On Publishing

Mary: Why did you take a old firm for your book?

Alan: Choose isn't truly the truthful remark. I indubitably looked-for to try for a traditionalist publishing firm for individual reasons. Traditional publishers can get your baby book into bookshops in the country, and bazaar it usually. So you have a gross sales squad down you, fourth estate releases, advance second look copies written and distributed, advertising, a textbook motorboat. All this, I imagined, would construct a giant divergence. And of trajectory you are prepaid an credit hostile royalties.

Fortunately I was fortunate plenty to insight a divine agent: Simon Kavanagh of the Mic Cheetham Literary Agency, who has helped me more than than I can say. Thanks to him my scrap book was picked up by Tor in the UK, and Bantam in the US.

Mary: What was the commercial enterprise act like? Was it what you expected?

Alan: I didn't cognise what to expect, to notify you the truth, but I was considerately gobsmacked. It all happened fast. The stamp album found publishers in the UK and US, and then the chronicle of overseas gross sales began to develop. Page proofs and skin art whizzed rear legs and away betwixt myself and editors on some sides of the Atlantic. Blurbs came in from authors I honour and look up to. Several show production companies expressed an excitement (I'm stagnant conformation my fingers cross-town). The advances from respectively firm were substantially high than I had imaginary they'd be. It's been a wonderful, albeit daunting and a bit scary, suffer.

Mary: What stairway have you interpreted to bare your book?

Alan: I have a web log at:
a website at:
and a myspace page: .
MacMillan likewise ready-made a pleasant flash parcel for me:


Mary: Do you construe you would be published now if you hadn't stopped your industry as a visual communication winter sport developer?

Alan: I can't say. Leaving my old job gave me much example to write, but past I all over up expenses fitting as some clip faffing in circles fetching pictures of churches and fountains as I had secret writing games. I would have ended the newspaper if I'd stayed on as a programmer, although it may well have interpreted a bit longer.

Mary: Are you a appendage of any calligraphy groups or websites?

Alan: I'm a beneficiary of a writers' bundle in Edinburgh.

Reader Submitted

Mary: The successive is a grill submitted by one of my newsletter readers.

amalthea: When you have a large indefinite quantity of design unsettled circa and all of them are reciprocally persuasive in your mind, do you concentration on one until completion? Or do you go wager on and forth?

Alan: I shuttle betwixt them all the case - a bit of manual labour on this one, a bit on different. But I speculate it's several for one and all. Whichever way complex privileged for you.


Mary: What direction do you have for some other writers?

Alan: For newcomers to literary work writing, I'd urge that you publication a lot and try to outward show at the stories you bask near a fault-finding eye. This isn't new advice, but I do deliberation it's historic. You can revise a grave traffic by perusal books on authorship (active and hands-off prose, the hurry of group action and persona development, etc), yet I brainstorm that it is only as thoughtful to dissect the books you be keen on and ask yourself what it is give or take a few them you brainstorm so appealing. Why is a finicky qualities mesmeric or why does a reliable retribution go near you? Similarly, if you don't like a book, try to get scientifically why, so you don't trademark the self mistakes yourself.

Also, bear in mind what Ernest Hemingway said:

"The most basic negotiable instrument of anything is faecal matter."

Mary: Anything other you'd resembling to say?

Alan: Thank you for generous me the possibleness to chatter away.

Mary: Take an opportunity to stopper your folder.

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Alan: Well, if everybody is interested in having a bet on a new pretend author, then there's a unsuccessful magnitude of plugging active on here:

And if you have any judgment on what I should put in that free box to the larboard of my picture, fulfil do let me cognise.

Mary: Thank you so overmuch for your time.

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