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 Bedlam, Strangeness & 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 commissioned by Marc Gascoigne of Angry Robot Books and 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.