ASK ME A QUESTION

If you have any questions about anything I’ve written, be it novel, short story, or something else, this is the place to ask it. Simply leave a comment below, and I’ll endeavor to answer it in a timely fashion. You can also ask me questions via a number of social media outlets, including Ask.fm, FacebookTwitter, and Tumblr.

That said, while I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about something I’ve written, I cannot read your fan-fiction, unpublished novel or short story. I also won’t give you writing advice, put you in touch with my editor or introduce you to another author. Beyond that, go nuts.

68 comments

  1. Can you read my fan-fi… Hang on. Two questions, good sir. One: what would you consider to be a good day, in terms of word count? Two: how do you come by so many wonderful writing opportunities? Do you have a system? That should get you started. : )

    1. I think it’ll get me started nicely, thank you. 🙂

      1) I aim to do 2000 words a day, per project, so usually between 4-6000 a day. If I’m only working on one project, I tend to aim for between 3000 and 5000. I consider anything over 2000 to be a good day, though.

      2) Luck, mostly. When you’ve worked with editors a few times, and they like your work, they’re more likely to give you a ring when they need a story. I also keep an eye on publishers I’m interested in working with, just in case they put out an open submission call. Too, checking out market resources like ralan.com, Duotrope and darkmarkets.com is a good habit to get into.

      Hope that answered your questions!

      1. It did. Writing is such an isolated activity. It’s cool to find out how other writers do their thing. Follow up, question – if you will. Do you find it more motivating / easier to work on several projects at once or one at a time? Cheers. : )

      2. Depends on the project, usually. If it’s something that needs to be done in a fairly short time-frame, I work on it and ignore everything else. If I’ve got time, I prefer to work on multiple projects. I’m a bit of a workaholic, and working on more than one thing helps alleviate stress.

  2. How much research do you like to submerge yourself in when you write a book, such as ‘The Whitechapel Demon’?

    1. It depends on the project, really. For The Whitechapel Demon, for instance, I’d already done most of the research in the process of writing the Royal Occultist stories. In general, I like to make sure I have at least three or four project-appropriate reference books to hand, and the necessary web pages, online images, videos etc., bookmarked, just in case I need to refer to something (which I inevitably do).

      That said, sometimes I need to do some research on the fly, as an idea occurs to me, which is where a working internet connection comes in handy. You wouldn’t believe how long I spent looking up information about music in 1920s Britain for a few throwaway references…

  3. Hi there Mr Reynolds,

    You mentioned in an earlier blog post that Bernheimer’s Gun might the last short story in the Knights of Manann series. I really enjoyed the novel, and Dubnitz’s short stories – is there any chance of another novel?

    1. Hi Adam,

      It’s not likely, I’m afraid. Due to some things I’m not allowed to discuss quite yet, the likelihood of me writing any more stories or another novel is sadly slim to none. I’m glad you enjoyed the ones that managed to see the light of day, though. Of all of the stories I’ve written for BL, the Knights of Manann stories were the ones I enjoyed most.

  4. Hi there, Mr. Reynolds!

    The Return of Nagash was excellent! With that project complete, is there any chance of us seeing that final novel from The Blood of Nagash series?

    Also, I found Erikan Crowfiend from The Return of Nagash really interesting (Mannfred von Carstein and Arkhan the Black were awesome too)! Any chance of seeing more from him, or has his story come to a close?

    Best,

    Aaron

    1. Hi Aaron!

      Glad you enjoyed Return of Nagash. Unfortunately, Blood Dragon will not be on the schedule anytime soon. Or ever, I’m afraid. Though, if you’re interested in knowing what the book might’ve looked like, story-wise, here’s a link where I discuss it (scroll down, second set of spoilers): http://thebolthole.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=1472&start=260#p74661

      And glad you liked Erikan! He was fun to write. You might see more of him (and Elize) along and along, but probably in no more than a cameo role, unfortunately. The Drakenhof Templars have played their part in the larger story, and now its time for other characters to step on stage…

  5. Hi, I’m a big fan of your writing and just had a quick question. I have to read a novel from a non-american author for a world lit class and I was wondering, since you write for Black Library which is lots of British authors, are you from Britain, America, or somewhere else even?

  6. Hi Josh, just discovered your work through the Return of Nagash and about to start your back catalogue (man you have a big back catalogue) and I was wondering how you got into freelance writing? How did you get your first job and how did it go from there?

    1. Hi Saren,

      It’s kind of a boring story. I needed extra money to make rent while in college, and I wrote a few short stories, submitted them to open markets I found in a Writer’s Market Guide or online, and sold ’em. Mostly Lovecraft pastiches or Twilight Zone-type horror stories-with-a-twist, which were, for me, fairly easy (and quick) to write. After that, I just sort of followed the money. I wrote a story, submitted it to places that offered the most money, and then worked my way down the market lists until it sold. Wash, rinse, repeat, ad nauseum. Along the way, I learned how to tweak a story for certain markets (if they seem to accept a lot of urban fantasy type stories, write an urban fantasy story) and how to craft a story to hit a particular editor’s sweet spot (if s/he has a blog, read it, get a feel for what they like then give them that), and then how to sell a story despite not doing either of those things (hint: it needs to be good. Took me awhile to figure that one out).

      Mostly, it was a trial and error, self-educational slog. Like I said, not very interesting. I hope that answered your question, though!

  7. Dear Josh,

    I just came across Whitechapel Demon and I LOVE it so much! How did you come up with the idea?! You really brought the story to life with Jack the Ripper and really tied it together with him feeding off the psychic’s ectoplasm, pretty much draining her life away from her and then BAM! Here comes St. Cyprian to the rescue! This is one of my all time favorite books and I’m so happy I found it just by browsing Amazon! I’m referring this to all of my friends and family. You are a seriously amazing author and I can’t wait to read more of your books!! Would you add me on Facebook so I can follow you?! Thank you for writing such an amazing book, I can’t put it down!

  8. Sorry it took me so long to reply, thank you! I finished it! Omg it was amazing! I’m hoping I have enough money to order “The Jade Suit of Death (funny how it’s only $3.99 but yet I’m worried about breaking the bank :P). I’m sure I’ll love it as much as I love “The Whitechapel Demon.” I can’t wait!!!

  9. Hello, Mr. Reynolds!

    I’ve just received my copy of the Jade Suit of Death and burned through it in one sitting. I honestly thought it might not live up to its predecessor- but I loved it! And as a reader who also dug your Dracula Lives! novel and was disappointed the sequel was scrapped, I loved that you seem to be bringing in “your” Dracula for the next follow-up.

    Just a question about the Royal Occultist series- is it meant to be fiction set in the “real” 1920s (well, you know what I mean) or does it fit more in the genre of an “alternate past” like the stories of Mr. Brass, Ulrich Popoca, etc.?

    Thanks-

    Grant

    1. Grant,

      Glad you enjoyed it! And as to your question–it’s meant to be the 1920s of Wodehouse’s Jeeves & Wooster stories. So, fairly ‘real’, but places like Ruritania and Grand Fenwick exist, as do characters like Sherlock Holmes, etc. So not an alternate history per se.

      1. AH! Thanks for clarifying. That’s what I’d pretty much assumed, but given that St. Cyprian and Gallowglass don’t interact much with average types who HAVEN’T had a brush with the occult, I was afraid that the series was going to eventually turn out to be set in a sort of magicpunk universe where “magic is real” is taken pretty much as a given by the public, like in Hellboy or Susanna Clarke’s novel. (Come to think of it, St. Cyprian does have a book by Strange in his library…)

        Thanks again,

        Grant

  10. Hi there. Really really digging your work. Ever since reading Gotterdammerung Gavotte, have been hooked on the Royal Occultist stories. Have tried to track down as many as I can. Thankfully you’ve been so kind in giving away freebies and the recent ‘Holidays’ bundle. Much appreciated.

    Also loved your story “Swine of Gerasene” in the Tales of the Shadowmen, vol.10. Really awesome work. Keep it up, good sir.

  11. Greetings Mr. Reynolds,

    A question about that other great series your known for…..when is the next Jim Anthony Super Detective due out? Soon I hope. I was also wondering if your Jim Anthony story from Tales of the Shadow Men will be available as a Kindle short in the future?

    Best!

    1. Anthony,

      Regarding the first question, sometime soon, I believe. I’m not entirely certain what Pro Se Press’ schedule looks like, but I know the book has been edited and signed off on. As to the second question, not for the foreseeable future, but it’s something I’ve been thinking about.

  12. Hmm almost wish I hadn’t read the Blood Dragon spoilers…so damn good! And that was just the first third of the book. Such a shame it is in possible permanent limbo. Ever thought of changing the character names and publishing it outside the Black Library dominion? S.E. Hinton did that with a Dark Shadows project that got canceled (published as Hawkes Harbor). Just at thought…

  13. Hi Josh,

    I am working for Sandbox Interactive – the makers of the new MMO Albion Online.

    We want to develop our lore and write a novel about the medieval world of our game.

    As we are great fans of your previous work, I would like to get in touch to see if you may be interested in working with us on the above.

    Christian

  14. Hi Josh,

    With the end of the “End of Times” novels, is there a possibility that the trilogy Blood of Nagash is finished with the third book of Absorah “Blood Dragon” ?. In my case I loved the previous books and the mention of Absorah in the ebook “The Lord of the End of Times” leaves open more questions about the fate of the founder of this bloodline.

    Thank you and congratulations for your work, it is always a pleasure to read your books.

    1. Carlos,

      I’m sorry to say that there will be no third book in the series. It has been indefinitely delayed, and will likely never be written, at least by me. I’m glad you enjoyed the others, however.

  15. Hi Josh,

    Quick question for you – what’s the name of the vessel featured in the beginning of “Lords of the Marsh”, as every instance of it has been redacted from my copy of Hammer & Bolter…

  16. Hey Mr. Reynolds! I was recently doing some reading on the Warhammer Fantasy End Times series for the Lizardmen and you apparently accredited with finishing the stories for Gor-rok and Nakai the Wanderer? Is this true? And if so what book do I need to buy so I can enjoy the ending of two of my favorite characters?

    This is the website that mentions it, last bullet on the Lizardmen section: http://1d4chan.org/wiki/The_End_Times#Ogre_Kingdoms

      1. Thank you so much. I know this may be a tad bit cheesy or annoying, but you taking the time to end their stories meant a lot to me. Provided some closure to get a cool little snippet about them, wish the Thanquol writer had been so kind!

        So thank you very much, I really appreciate it.

    1. Not really. If you’re already familiar with the WHFB universe, you should be good from the jump. My only real suggestions are to read Rob Sanders’ Archaon duology and Phil Kelly’s Sigmar’s Blood novella. Everything else is window-dressing.

  17. Hi Josh. I loved your short story “A Cask of Wynters” from the Gotrek and Felix anthology. A shame we’ll never get to read more Snorri stories. Anyway, there are some references that are (or seem) contradictory to me: the adventure happens in 2521, as it explains the brewery fell during the orc invasion the previous year that killed Marius Leitdorf, and the various Empire army books establish Leitdorf died in 2520.

    But when Snorri is thinking about Gotrek he reflects three years have passed since his disappearance in a tunnel in Sylvania. This happened at the beginning of “Giantslayer”. We know from the introduction of “Orcslayer” and various other references that nearly two decades have passed since they disappeared, and that they returned to the Old World around the Storm of Chaos, so 2521 or 2522, ¡the same time “A Cask of Wynters” happens! So there is no way Snorri has missed Gotrek just for three years. Also, he should have more than three nails in his head at this point, as “Shamanslayer” is at most 2 years away and there Snorri has dozens and dozens of them (in fact, in “Bloodforged”, Ulrika finds him in a tavern in Praag where he’s having more nails pounded in his head. “Bloodforged” happens some weeks after “Vampireslayer”, so even if we go by this three year gap you mention, he should definitely have more than three nails in his head. This is a minor issue, though).

    Now, I know there are three writers involved, a timeline that was never set in stone and the SoC is no longer canon (although the story is from 2012, the End Times wasn’t a thing yet…), but something seems definitely off.

    Can you give an explanation or it’s just an error? Thanks in advance and excuse me for the lengthy comment, I just love this series and love your contributions to it, and want just to make them compatible 😉

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. The explanation for those discrepancies is quite simple: I only had two books for reference when I wrote “A Cask of Wynters”–an old Empire army book (7th, or maybe 6th edition–I don’t recall) and Giantslayer. I hadn’t read any of Nathan Long’s G&F books yet (mainly because BL hadn’t sent them to me), was told to ignore the Ulrika books, and had around three days to write the story. So, basically I was working with what I had, and none of what I had implied that there were timeline issues.

      Or, if you prefer, Snorri is an unreliable narrator and probably has no idea what day it is, let alone how many years it’s been.

      1. Oh, I see. It’s quite a feat you actually managed to get most of it right, then! Thank you for being brutally honest, much appreciated.

      2. Was I brutally honest? If so, I apologize if I came across as unusually blunt. I enjoyed writing “A Cask of Wynters”, and I’m glad you enjoyed reading it.

  18. I just finished reading the first End Times Omnibus and I have to say Return of Nagash is one of my favorite Warhammer, and overall fantasy books of all time. Whilest reading it I fell in love with Erikan Crowfiend and I can’t find anything online about wheter or not he is/will be in any other books. I would like to know what happens to him. Does he die defending Sylvania or does he live his life as just a head Drakonhof with Elize? Also if he does appear in any other books could you please give me the names. Thank you for your time and keep up the absolutely fantastic writing my good sir.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Erikan and Elize appear (very) briefly in Lord of the End Times (which will be in the third End Times Omnibus, I think). They’re last seen riding towards La Maisontaal Abbey alongside the Red Duke and the surviving knights of Bretonnia, where they intend to join Abhorash and Gilles le Breton in defending the remaining populace of Bretonnia from the looming apocalypse.

  19. So if the Blood of Nagash series hadn’t been cancelled how were you going to deal with Vlad’s origins? In End Times Archaon he claimed to really be Vashanesh like in Liber Necris, but Vashanesh doesn’t appear in your story or the Rise of Nagash books and doesn’t really fit. I had always assumed Vlad made him up and Mannfred believed him.

    Was it Ankhat, maybe using Vashanesh as a fake name?

  20. Hello Josh! I’ve listened to one of your Audio-dramas, it is called the Master of the Hunt and I loved it! I just have one question, How do you pronounce the name of the planet upon which was the battle between the White Scars and the Doomrider, Shaka VI? Shaca VI? Chaka? Thanks in advance!

  21. Hi Josh, I am a bit more curious about the Master of the Hunt, your audio drama. You see, I am a wiki contributor of the Warhammer 40k wiki. I am interested in adding all the data, but it is much harder with the audio dramas since you don’t know how to pronounce it right. So the planet is Sha Kah, but how do you prounce the the name of the system in which the planet is? Thanks again!

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