The worlds of Tim’s writing have so far followed four distinct universes. While there are themes and stylistic elements that pass between these worlds, each remains as independent and distinct as such things can be. Learn more about the worlds, the works they contain, and the origin of each universe below, in the author’s words:
The world of Veridon first found form in a series of short stories that I began in a little notebook in 2006, while on vacation. The first story appeared in the excellent Electric Velocipede, and the rest found publication in Interzone, a prominent sf/f magazine in the UK. Those sales led to my first novel, my agent, and eventually world domination. Or something.
The short stories that form the basis for Veridon have been collected in a single volume, BONES OF VERIDON, available here. In that anthology I muse about each of the stories, what I was trying to do with the world as I was creating it on the page, and how things changed from Jeremy Walking to Jacob Burn.
The world of Wraithbound is still being formed. I’ve envisioned it as a meta-universe, crossing times and genres but all unified by a single cosmology, in which powerful magic users are able to bind demons, angels, elementals and other spirits to their souls, acting as anchors and summoners. So far I’ve written an alternate-history piece during WWII, in which Nazi necromancers are trying to raise and enslave the ghost of Joan of Arc, and a medieval fantasy that follows the mistakes, complicated relationships and criminal activities of a group of students at a college of magic. What could go wrong?
I’ve also done some work on two novels in the Wraithbound world, but they’re both tumbling through the mighty revision process. Hopefully someday you’ll get to read them. They’re brilliant.
City of Ash
My second novel, THE HORNS OF RUIN, is set in the City of Ash, and featured Eva Forge, last paladin of the dead god Morgan. I had a great deal of fun writing this book, and hope to one day expand on this universe. It was my first attempt at epic fantasy, and is heavily influenced by games and media like the Final Fantasy series and other genre-bending examples of traditional anime. The world of Eva Forge is filled with glittering skyscrapers and old gods and magical swords and chain guns. If these things appeal to you, well, you know what to do.
The Winter Sun
My current project is a trilogy that will be starting in 2016 with THE PAGAN NIGHT. This is a truly epic fantasy, following the adventures of an inquisitor of the Celestial Church, a heretic of the old religions, and the aging champion of the last war who must try to unite them. Clever marketing people have called it a mix between Game of Thrones and Princess Mononoke, but I like to think of it as The Reformation mixed with The War of the Roses and twisted into a fantasy RPG. Links will appear as the books are available. I’m hoping to do a novella or two to help introduce the world and prep readers for what’s to come, but those aren’t written yet. YET!