Who is Bruce Blake and why should you read his blog?
A good question. There are a lot of blogs out there demanding your time and attention, so it’s only fair you find out what you’re getting into before you commit.
First, Bruce is a writer, and has been for sometime. He’s an independent, self-published author of fantasy, both urban and epic. This vocation pops up in posts, rearing its head in the form of advice on craft, opinions on publishing, guest posts from fellow indie writers, and an overall call-out to other self-published authors to put out the best product they are capable of.
Bruce is also a reader. Because he writes in the fantasy genres, he does the majority of reading in the same (though some of his favourite books–such as Ender’s Game–are science fiction). Reviews and recommendations occasionally pop up on the blog, as well as real-life examples of fine writing. Don’t expect him to spend a lot of time slagging other authors–either indie or traditionally published–because no matter the quality of the book, the writer is never the bad guy. If he doesn’t have anything nice to say about a book, he won’t bother pointing a finger.
Bruce is Canadian. This shows up in his spelling (did you notice favourite earlier?) as well as his points of view and geographical references. Canadians are not only polite, but also have a slightly different perspective…kind of like the middle child in a family (which Bruce also is). The funny thing is, all Bruce’s books are written with American spelling…he knows where his audience lives.
Finally, Bruce is a husband and father. Become a regular reader and you will be subjected to the odd gushy, loving post about his amazing children or his burlesque-diva wife. Stick around long enough and you may end up as proud of all of them as Bruce is.
A reading, writing, Canadian husband and father with an aim to educate, entertain, and, perhaps, enlighten. Why not give it a try?
Bruce Blake lives on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. When pressing issues like shovelling snow and building igloos don’t take up his spare time, Bruce can be
found taking the dog sled to the nearest coffee shop to work on his short stories and novels.
Actually, Victoria, B.C. is only a couple of hours north of Seattle, Wash., where more rain is seen than snow. Since snow isn’t really a pressing issue–and his dog is too small to pull a sled–Bruce spends more time trying to remember to leave the “u” out of words like “colour” and “neighbour” than he does shovelling (and watch out for those pesky double l’s). The father of two, Bruce is also the trophy husband of a burlesque diva.
Bruce’s first short story, “Another Man’s Shoes” was published in the Winter 2008 edition of Cemetery Moon. Another short, “Yardwork,” was made into a podcast in Oct., 2011 by Pseudopod. Bruce’s first Icarus Fell novel, On Unfaithful Wings, was published in Dec., 2011, while the follow-up, All Who Wander Are Lost, came out in July, 2012, and the third in the series, Secrets of the Hanged Man, showed up July, 2013. The first part of his Khirro’s Journey epic fantasy trilogy, Blood of the King, was released Sept., 2012, and wrapped up with book 3, Heart of the King, in Feb., 2013.
Find out more about Icarus Fell here.
Find out more about Khirro’s Journey here.