FAQ

This is the place where I try and answer the questions that people frequently ask me, or clarify points of interest.

Q. Do you have an agent?  Is there someone I could contact who represents your work?

A. I am happy to be represented by Jennifer Jackson or the Donald Maass Literary Agency in New York.  Jennifer’s contact details can be found on their website.

Q. I’ve just finished Sixty-One Nails.  Is there a book three (…four, five, etc.)?

A. There are four books in The Courts of the Feyre series – Sixty-One Nails, The Road to BedlamStrangeness & Charm, and The Eighth Court, due in the June of 2013. See here for more details. This series is completed with the fourth book.

Q. Will there be another book after The Eighth Court?

A. The Eighth Court completes the story of The Courts of the Feyre, and so that series ends there. Whether there will be more books about the characters from the series remains to be seen, and depends on demand, time, inspiration and other projects I’m working on.

Q. What will you be working on next?

A. As of Spring 2013, I’m am undecided. There will be more books and I have a number of potential projects that I’m exploring, but these are not continuations of The Courts of the Feyre. When you read the books, you will understand why. I think I will be stepping back from these characters and this world, at least for a while, and writing something else.

Q. I’m having trouble getting hold of one of your books. Can you tell me where I can find them?

A.  Both books are available widely in English-speaking countries through retailers like Waterstones (UK), and Barnes & Noble (US) and through online retailers such as Amazon.

There was some confusion after my publisher, Angry Robot Books, left HarperCollins to become an independent publisher, partnered with Osprey Books. Since then the books have been re-published in B format with fabulous new covers

Q. Who designed your covers – aren’t they gorgeous?

Yes they are. The covers were designed by John Coulthart, who did an amazing job of combining the imagery from the books with fabulously detailed and intricate designs. More of his work is viewable on his website, if you care to follow the link.

Q. Can I get signed copies of your books?

A.  Yes, I regularly visit conventions and sometimes visit stores to sign copies of my books.  There’s usually a note on this site to say where I’ll be and when.  If you already have a copy, bring it with you and I will be happy to sign it for you.

Alternatively, I usually have a limited number of copies which I can send out via mail.  Please email me or use the contact form if you would like one of these.

Q. Where do you get your ideas from?

A.  The quick answer to this is, everywhere.  I read books, talk to people, go to interesting events, visit unusual places and have an abiding interest in everything and everyone.  Also, one of the great things about being an author who uses real as well as imagined elements in their stories is that people send you things (see the question below).

Q. Do you have a newsletter? Is there any way I can get regular updates?

A. Why, yes. I do have a newsletter which I try to update bi-monthly and which tends to include updates and news that doesn’t make it to the blog. If you would like to be included on the distribution list, send an email to mike at shevdon dot com from the address to which you would like it sent and I will add you to the list.

Q.  I found this really cool historical/weird/fun thing.  Do you already know about it?

A.  Perhaps.  Sometimes I find things because people bring them to my attention and they can end up being included in a book. Please feel free to contact me or send me an email if you think you might have come across something of interest.

If your question is not answered here, please email me on mike (at) shevdon (dot) com or using the contact form on the website and I will do my best to answer your query.

  1. #1 by Remi Dallaire on August 16, 2014 - 5:03 am

    Hello Mr Shevdon.

    I’ve enjoyed the first book of the serie very much. Now I find out that after 4 books the series is already done.

    Which brings one question. Doesn’t eight courts deserve four more books to make it fit ? ;)

    Anyway I think the world you created in this serie highly deserve an expantion. I’ll keep and eye on your future project.

    Oh and thank you for your work sir.

    Rémi Dallaire

  2. #2 by MRA on February 9, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    Now that you have finished the courts – I hope you keep writing. Your style is very enjoyable, and I especially like the historic trivia tie-ins.

  3. #3 by Patrick Mananquil on June 18, 2012 - 2:31 pm

    Hi Mike. I just came across your books in a bookstore at Stansted Airport in Essex when I was waiting for my flight to Copenhagen for my holiday. I was actually just looking for something at the bookstore when your bookcover caught my attention and I saw three different books with amazing cover. It’s so difficult to choose which one to grab first until my hand grabbed Strangeness and Charm which I didn’t know is the third book. From the time I first read it, I was hooked. I never would have known about your books have I not seen the great cover. How I wish your books will have a lot of advertisements and marketing so many people will be able to read them and I know they will like them. I really love Strangeness and Charm and hopefully when I finish it I’ll be able to read the first two. Thanks for writing such a wonderful book.

  4. #4 by Kevin on August 25, 2011 - 11:44 am

    Oddly I have just been given a copy of Sixty-One Nails and I am just about to start it… they are definitely in circulation in the UK.

  5. #5 by Kylie K on August 4, 2011 - 8:10 pm

    I enjoy your writing. Keep it coming!

  6. #6 by Karen on June 14, 2011 - 5:10 pm

    There was a deal for Sixty-One Nails on the Amazon Kindle and I figured I’d give it a try. Although I haven’t read sci-fi/fantasy in about 40 years, I loved it. I also bought The Road to Bedlam and am eagerly awaiting the third book. It’s been a while since I read the books, but it was on my mind, so I came to this site to see if there was any news. I’ll keep checking!

  7. #7 by Jeanette on May 18, 2011 - 1:30 am

    Just finished the 2nd book!! Hurry and get the 3rd out. I need to know what happens –you left me hanging with the birth!!

  8. #8 by Amanda on May 16, 2011 - 8:15 pm

    Wow. I’m not usually a reader. When I start reading, I start to fall asleep. Curious thing though. I started Sixty-One Nails, and just something about it drew me in! I’m working on Road to Bedlam right now. I actually started Sixty-One Nails on a Kindle app for my smart phone, but couldn’t flip the pages fast enough! So, I asked my mother (who works at Books-a-Million) if she could get the book for me. When she told me she had one copy of both books, I immediately went down and bought both of them!

    While reading Sixty-One nails, I couldn’t help but think “Wow! This would make an amazing movie!” I think it could be portrayed beautifully as an anime. But I pictured real-life movie with it too!

    Enough babbling from me! Keep on with the excellent work, Mike! Looking forward to many more stories from you! Thanks!

  9. #9 by Mela on April 20, 2011 - 1:52 am

    Same as the Amber & Phill — just finished Road to Bedlam, can’t wait for the 3rd book!

    Cheers from Australia!

  10. #10 by Mike on April 7, 2011 - 4:56 pm

    Thanks for the comment Phill – I’m writing as fast as I can :-)

  11. #11 by Phill on April 7, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    I’m an avid fantasy/science fiction/urban fiction reader and Sixty-One Nails and The Road To Bedlam really pulled me into their world. Cannot wait for the third installment in the story line.

  12. #12 by Mike on February 23, 2011 - 5:59 pm

    Really glad you are enjoying the series, Amber. I have a newsletter which goes out every month if you would like to keep up to date. Just email me at mike at shevdon [dot] com and I will add you to the distribution list.

    All the best,

    Mike

  13. #13 by Amber on February 22, 2011 - 6:05 am

    I bought both Sixty-One Nails and The Road to Bedlame a couple months back on a whim as I was browsing the shelves at my local bookstore. I read both of them in a single weekend and am now hooked. I guess it was my lucky day because I only just found out that they were only recently released in the US. Now I check almost weekly for any news of a third book. Please let there be one, and soon!
    Amber

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