[Sneak Peek] – Chapter 1 of Across the Broken Stars – My Upcoming Space Fantasy Novel

To celebrate the upcoming release of my epic space fantasy novel, Across the Broken Stars, I’m sharing chapter 1 of the book – read by yours truly. (If you want to read it instead, click here).

The book releases on Feb 3rd, 2020. I’m so excited to share it with you!

Click here to learn more (and to buy the book once it releases):

jedherne.com/acrossthebrokenstars

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Blurb:

Leon has a secret. He was once an angel – a winged warrior sworn to protect Paya, a realm where people live on discs that float in space.

He failed.

Now Leon’s a broken man, trying to forget the past. He thinks he’s the last angel. But then a young fugitive stumbles onto Leon’s doorstep. She’s an angel, too. And she has a riddle leading to a place where angels still live. Or so the stories claim…

Desperate for redemption, Leon begins a perilous quest through myth and folklore. But will Leon and the fugitive find their legendary destination? Or will Leon lose his last chance for salvation?

Brutal and gripping, this is a story about a flawed man’s search for forgiveness.

“If you are looking for an epic fantasy that has a unique setting, this is it.” – Kate Valent, Reedsy Discovery.

43. [Interview] Justin Call – Author of Master of Sorrows – board games, fantasy, and the creative life

Justin Call graduated from Harvard University in 2012 with a Master’s in Literature and Creative Writing. He has studied fantasy literature for almost two decades and is the author of Master of Sorrows, Book 1 of The Silent Gods tetralogy. Justin is also the CEO of Broomstick Monkey Games and co-designer of the games Imperial Harvest, Royal Strawberries, Royal Scum, and 8 Kingdoms. He currently lives in Park City, Utah with his wife, his two sons, his Great Dane (Pippa) and his St. Bernard-Mastiff (Herbie).

In this interview, we dive deep into his creative process, explore how designing board games has helped his world building, and discuss how he’s writing one of the most challenging and subversive fantasy series of this decade.

Enjoy!

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Show Notes:

https://justintcall.com/

@Justin_T_Call (twitter)

Justin’s top writing-advice books/resources:


– Save the Cat by Blake Snyder

– The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

– The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

– The Writing Excuses podcast

– 101 Habits of Highly Effective Writers

– 101 Habits of Highly Effective Screenwriters

Justin’s top books/authors:

– ‘Crowfall’ by Ed McDonald

– Book of the Ancestor Series by Mark Lawrence

– Anything by Brandon Sanderson (I second this suggestion). 

My notes:

Half-Baked Stories podcast

@jedherne (Twitter, Instagram)

jedherne.com

40. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy – Writing an Amazing Series

For months, I’ve struggled with how to write a series. See, most of my ideas come to me as stand-alone books, but this current project felt like something bigger than one novel.

A few weeks ago, I had an epiphany.

Now, I think I’ve cracked the code on writing a series.

And today I’ll share it with you.

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Show Notes:

My interview on A Writer’s Explorations

A huge Q & A writing talk I gave to primary school students

My previous episode analysing Skulduggery Pleasant Book 6 – Death Bringer

Derek’s 2010 blog article that I quoted

The Anatomy of Story by John Truby

Save the Cat Goes to the Movies by Blake Snyder

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Jed.herne1(at)gmail.com

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JedHerne.com/Question

38 – Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson – Giving Readers Chills

Words of Radiance is the second book in The Stormlight Archive, an epic fantasy series of incredible ambition – and superb execution. What’s remarkable about WOR isn’t just the world building, the twisting plot, or the amazing characters (although they’re all great). No, what made this book remarkable was the emotional response it created within me. In this episode, I explain how you can do the same for your stories. Enjoy!

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Read Fires of the Dead, my debut fantasy book: jedherne.com/firesofthedead

Win a signed copy of Fires of the Dead: jedherne.com/win (closes 23/10/2019)

Ask me a question! I might answer on this show: jedherne.com/question

Email: jed.herne1(at)gmail.com

Listen to my episode on The Way of Kings, which is book 1 of The Stormlight Archive.

36 – [Interview] Gareth Hanrahan: World Building, Writing Advice, and Creating a Successful Writing Career

Stoked to interview Gareth Hanrahan, author of The Gutter Prayer – which I analysed on the show just a few days ago. We had an excellent in-depth chat about his book, how writing for role-playing games has helped him as an author, and lots more. Enjoy!

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Show Notes:

Gareth’s influential books:


DECLARE, Tim Powers

Lavondyss, Robert Holdstock

Deep Work, by Cal Newport

Hyperfocus, Chris Bailey (more accessible version of Deep Work)

Hamlet’s Hit Points, Robin D Laws

Storyteller Tools, M. Harold Page

House of Leaves 

Wonderbook by Jeff Vandermeer

My debut fantasy novella, Fires of the Dead, comes out tomorrow! (Sep 20th, 2019). Read it here: https://jedherne.com/firesofthedead

Questions, comments, queries? I love hearing from you! I respond to every email sent to: jed.herne1@gmail.com

35 – The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanrahan – World Building for Fantasy Cities

In today’s episode, I outline a guide for world-building amazing fantasy cities – like the one Hanrahan created in The Gutter Prayer. Here’s my key world-building lessons learnt from this book:

1. Consider the first scene as a microcosm

2. The first scene sets the tone

3. Explore your interests

4. Consider how different characters react to the same world.

5. More ideas is better than not enough

6. Layer it up!

7. Treat the city as a character

8. It’s about the intertwining

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Show Notes:

My debut fantasy novella, Fires of the Dead, comes out September 20th! Buy a copy during launch week (between 20th-27th September), then send me your receipt and I’ll set you up with exclusive bonuses. My email: jed.herne1@gmail.com

Get the book: https://www.amazon.com/Fires-Dead-Fantasy-Jed-Herne-ebook/dp/B07WDBLW9Y