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If anything bad happens to Loki, it’s entirely Neil Gaiman’s fault
OK, not 100% his fault. But a little bit.
Sometimes I get very wrapped up in a story that’s not my own. Sometimes it won’t let go of me after I’ve finished consuming it. When I was writing book 3 of Loki, that story was Our Flag Means Death (have OFMD fans spotted the visual easter egg?).
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Now I’m writing book 4 in the ruins of my heart left by Good Omens season 2. So I want to add a disclaimer here: if I make Loki suffer in this book, it is entirely Neil Gaiman’s fault, as I need somewhere to process my story feelings (which are different to life feelings, I find…and sometimes more powerful.) I won’t be adding Christian angels and demons (I mean, almost definitely not…) but this is Norse mythology, so a prophesied apocalypse is always on the horizon…
I find it so hard not to tell you all my plans for the series. I’ve been holding them in my head for so long. Loki has only just begun his journey, really. There is a lot of silliness on the horizon, but also quite a bit of pain. And I can’t blame Gaiman for 99% of that. It’s been there since the beginning. Learning to be good against a backdrop of the inevitable coming of Ragnarok is a high stakes game, even if there are fart jokes along the way to soften the blow.
If you want to make sure I get to tell my full story arc in all its rainbow glory, do tell everyone you have ever met to read the Loki: A Bad God’s Guide series. The more readers I get, the more books I get to write…to truly do Loki’s journey justice.
Also, if you’ve never watched Good Omens PLEASE watch it on Amazon Prime. I need a season 3 of that almost as much as I need multiple more Loki books to finish my arc. The more people watch Good Omens all the way through, the more likely it is to get a new season!
Events in august
I’ve been taking some time off events to write book 4 as well as a secret project but I have been lured by the siren song of events so do come along and see me at one of these.
Quinn’s bookshop Saturday 19th August 11.30am - a panel talking about fantasy. I’m excited about this because I don’t tend to do many panels nor do people ask me as much about fantasy (too busy asking about myths).
Kingston Waterstones at 11am on Tuesday 29th August (day after the bank holiday Monday). Kingston shopping centre is where I hung out as a teenager, leafing through the records in HMV hoping that someone would ask me to be in their band.
This one’s a drawalong rather than a singalong though. Book a FREE ticket here (you don’t need to book one for any relevant adults just the kids):
Joke of the month
Q: What do you call a rainbow who thinks the criminal justice system is broken?
A: A prism abolitionist
Book of the month: August
Out this Thursday! Get it here!
This book is epic AND funny - Kòkú’s voice is so dry and sharp and perfect. Even though this is a story with a shapeshifting trickster, and even though I often am not that interested in main chosen one type characters, Koku truly blew me away. He’s a bit of a jerk sometimes and I like that in a child character. It weaves mythology, illness and belonging into a pacy adventure with monsters, mentors and friendship.
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