Alys West

Thanks for stopping by my website.  On here you’ll find information about my books and my blog where I waffle about stuff that interests me (mainly books, Glastonbury, Orkney, tea and cake).

I write folklore inspired fantasy and steampunk. My first novel, Beltane, which was inspired by the folklore of Glastonbury, is now available on Amazon  by clicking here.  Beltane is the first of The Spellworker Chronicles novels. I’m currently working on the second book in the series, Storm Witch, which is set in Orkney.

My steampunk romance called The Dirigible King’s Daughter was published in August 2016 and you can find out more about it by clicking here.

I started writing fantasy when I couldn’t find enough books to read that had all of the elements I loved; fantasy, romance and suspense. Writing steampunk was a natural development from my obsession with tea. How could I not write in a genre where the characters shared my belief that 90% of the world’s wrongs can be solved with a nice cup of tea? It also gave me a great excuse to spend my time looking at Victorian fashions and call it research.

I’m doing a MA in Creative Writing at York St John University and teach creative writing for Converge, an education project for people with mental health issues.

When I’m not writing you can find me at folk gigs, doing yoga and attempting to crochet.  I intermittently tweet at @alyswestyork and spend rather too much time on Facebook where you can find me at Alys West Writer.

 

One thought on “About me

  1. Great post Alys. Agree on all points. There really are so many lessons to be gleaned from the marvelous lady. Two I would add (as someone who is more a House of Niccolo fan):

    1) The importance of research. She said her imagination was a last resort, and it really shows. Not just the dates and historical incidents but the clothing, the flora and fauna, the tiniest details. There is a line in one book where she says steel crossbows can snap dangerously in the cold. I wondered if she had just made that up but in the end I was able to track down a source for it from a 15th century hunting diary.

    2) Related to that, her ability to pack an incredible amount of historical information in without it ever descending into a lecture. There’s always a temptation to ‘show your working’ when you’ve spent hours on research but DD (who had to slog a lot harder for her information than we do in the internet age ) never seems to grandstand in that way. If it made the final cut it had a reason to. I find sometimes that successful authors stop listening to their editors and allow their later works to become bloated and self-indulgent compared to their earlier taut works but DD avoided that somehow.

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