I'm Peter N Craig. Writing's what gets me out of bed in the mornings and keeps me awake far too late at night; I treat it as a job and will keep working at it for the rest of my life. There is no other career I would rather have.
A Memory of Blood, my 1st book, is a dark elfless and orcless fantasy for adults, complete at about 92,500 words. It's been described by some beta readers as a sort of fantasy genre Bourne Identity. It was my attempt to write something a bit different that fantasy fans will love. A Memory of Blood was voted the number 1 book on authonomy in May 2011. I'm currently writing a sequel.
After writing A Memory of Blood, I branched out by writing an MG book, a few picture books and a YA book. I think something really clicked with the YA book, Dark Lords Don't Cook. (The story's about the Dark Lord's son, who really doesn't want to follow in his father's footsteps. He just wants to be a cook. Needless to say, the Dark Lord isn't exactly thrilled at the idea.) I'm also putting together a sequel for this book.
2013 news: I'm very happy to say I'm now represented by John Jarrold. I couldn't imagine a better agent for my work.
I've read fantasy obsessively ever since stumbling across Tolkien and Le Guin in primary school. I lost count long ago of how many fantasy books I've read. It's no wonder fantasy was my 1st choice when I started writing. Fingers crossed all those books my long-suffering mother had to buy will eventually pay off.
There are far too many writers I like to list them all. So I'll limit myself. For my money, the top three authors currently writing in the fantasy genre are Martin, Bakker and Erikson. (Honourable mention to Terry Pratchett, though. Nobody mixes comedy and deep wisdom as well as him.)
I'm not even going to attempt a top 3 when it comes to YA as I've read so many great YA books in recent years. I wouldn't know where to begin with my list. It's great to see YA growing and developing so much at the moment. I can't wait to see where the next years take it. (On 2nd thoughts, I gotta mention Neil Gaiman. I think he stands out even in such a rich field.)
When it comes to MG, Roald Dahl's still my favourite. I know there have been many wonderful children's authors since him, but I think he's never been bettered in terms of story or imagination. And he nailed the all-important balance of scary + funny.
For picture books, I also have 1 favourite. Julia Donaldson. Having read a great many picture books in the past few years, I think The Gruffalo is about as perfect as a picture book gets.
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