I was really pleased to see the news the other day that my friend Gareth L Powell has sold his next novel to Solaris.
That Gareth is talented is not news, nor do you need to take my word for it: the likes of Warren Ellis, the Interzone readers’ poll and The Guardian have noted his talents. However, Gareth also works hard at his writing, and is one of the most determined people I know, and so it is particularly good to see that graft rewarded.*
I’m looking forward to buying a copy of The Recollection next year.
* I’m lucky enough to know a few writers who have turned professional, and the one thing they all share in common – in addition to talent – is a strong work ethic and a determination that can take out mountains. Something I try to keep in mind.