Chaz Brenchley has been making a living as a writer since he was eighteen. He is the author of nine thrillers, most recently Shelter and two fantasy series, The Books of Outremer and Selling Water by the River. As Daniel Fox he has published a Chinese-based fantasy series, beginning with Dragon in Chains, as Ben Macallan, an urban fantasy, Desdæmona.
A British Fantasy Award winner, he has also published books for children and more than 500 short stories in various genres. His time as crimewriter-in-residence on a sculpture project in Sunderland resulted in the collection Blood Waters. His first play, A Cold Coming, was performed and then toured in 2007. He is a prizewinning ex-poet, and has been writer in residence at the University of Northumbria. He was Northern Writer of the Year 2000.
Chaz has recently married and moved from Newcastle to California, with two squabbling cats and a famous teddy bear.
News: Being Small being published (but not quite yet) - details on the News & Events page. And new on this site: A full list of novels by Chaz Brenchley (and his pseudonyms) available as e-books.
Below is a recent extract from Chaz'z blog:
So I am, as maybe heretofore mentioned, reading through a collection of my stories to proof-and-polish before this first approximation goes off to the publisher to be squabbled over (and also to a certain tall gentleman who promised to write an intro, tra-la).
By and large, these stories fall within the last ten years or so of work; some are older, but not many. Nevertheless, I find that almost all of them surprise me, one way or another. I really do have a piss-poor memory.
Anyway: here's the opening of one such, which I had almost entirely forgotten, and which I really liked on reacquaintance:
"Sailor Martin. You should not be here."
The voice came from the tangle of shadows in the back of the shop. It was salt-abraded, familiar, unchanging. Live long enough, go far enough, you will find those things that never change: the places, the people, the truths.
Not many of them, and not all are welcoming or welcome, but still: they stand like islands in the sea, islands in the storm.
Johnnie was, is, always will be one of those. Johnnie calls himself a chandler, and that's as dishonest as he's ever been. Johnnie sells much that came from the sea, but nothing that's useful to a sailor, nothing that any boat should ever want or need.
Posted on Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:06:12 GMT
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