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C.C. Hogan

C.C. Hogan - Author

Deep in the Dark Forest Podcast

I have launched a new podcast telling stories. Some are new adaptations of famous old tales from the Brothers Grimm and many others, some are long forgotten tales, and I hope new tales from new writers. And it has its own website!


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Definitely Gold

A short comic tale about workers in a space station

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It should not hurt

I like writing the odd verse.

As I write a character tonight, I realise I have filled her with a memory from my youth, an opportunity that I, as a stupid youngster, threw away.

Writing can creep up on you sometimes.

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Should you swear in Young Adult Fiction?

I am wrestling with my teen characters, it appears. The book is set in 1976 in North London and involves a bunch of sixteen year olds starting a band.

Being a sensible fellow, I am basing it on me at sixteen in the 1970s. I swore, got angry, wrestled with contentious issues and was a pain. And I also swore. Did I say that? I REALLY SWORE!

Warning: Contains Swearing.

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I Really Don't Have Writer's Block

Writer's Block is one of those things that we love to talk about. It always comes up in author's interviews, it often a plot line in some corny US TV thriller, and it constant complaint all over Twitter.

But is it real? Has the entire concept of Writer's Block simply become a cult?

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The Joy of the Readthrough

There is nothing better than sitting down and reading through your own writing, polishing it while revisiting the joys and the heartbreak, the intrigue and twists hand in hand with your characters

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Tutorial: Creating a Fantasy Map

Creating a map for your fantasy world is far more than giving your readers a helpful, absorbing bit or artwork on the inside cover of your book, it is about making your world make sense and is a vital part of planning.

This tutorial is not trying to turn you into an artist, but talk through one way of creating maps that will help you bring life to your work

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Lines I enjoyed writing

I hope I often write well and that my work reads well.

Just occasionally I am extra proud of a line or a phrase or a short section; it is not that it is especially beautiful or uses clever words, but it just works.

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How long should the build up to a battle be?

As I work my way to an important battle in my current book, I am pondering over how much build up I should have before swords are drawn and the blood-bath gets going.

It is an interesting puzzle because it brings home the emotional response to war and death in a way that just shouting "go" doesn't.

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Fantasy Recipe: Rough, Chunky Tavern Bread

Well, I have already covered soup and stew, but in your crackling warm tavern in your fantasy world, one of the mainstays of the food offering is bread.

Not for us is that pappy cotton wool rubbish sold by supermarkets, but a fresh, crunchy, rippable, herb-filled wonder that you could almost dunk in your beer!

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Do your fantasy heroes care for the common man?

As much as I enjoyed Lord of the Rings and even Eddings' Belgariad, I was always puzzled by the fact that when the heroes won the war, what the people ended up with was an absolute monarchy with no votes and no say. It may have even been Feudal.

So, if we are lovers of democratic rights, should this appear in our writing?

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Fantasy Recipe: Hot Tavern Smoked Soup

One of the things we miss in the modern gastro pub is the big bowl of spicy soup, a hunk of bread and a big frothy beer.

In poor communities, as you get to pumpkin season, vegetable soups flavoured with a bit of fat and perhaps a bit of peppers and chilli were a warming treat that would be welcome in any tavern. Well, here is a recipe...

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Interview with C.C. Hogan - myself

One of the problems with being a complete nobody is that no one ever asks nobodies for interviews.

That is not surprising really since who would want to read about a nobody? Still, I fancied being interviewed and since I have been in the media for years, I decided to do it myself. Thoroughly shameless.

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Monkey Number 100030338732 - NOW was FREE!

For just five days starting today, my ebook of short stories is FREE.

Yep, Reduced to nothing, nada, zero on Amazon for Kindle - click below to find out more

Note: No longer free - but reasonable!

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What do you use for writing inspiration?

I am not talking about your muse, whoever he/she is (oh, I would love a muse!), or the bloke you saw sitting on the train, or the dead tortoise you tripped over, I am talking what you surround yourself with.

Sustenance, flavours, moments of joy. What is yours?

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Deep in the Dark Forest

Keep up with my Podcast

Series One & Two are out now!

Start series one with Dirt for Free, and start reading the brand new series two with Girls of Dirt for only 99p!

Girls of Dirt includes a recap of series one.

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The Stink Is Here

North London, 1976. The longest, hottest summer on record. The water is running out and the kids hate their parents. Which bunch of idiots would think it is a good idea to start a band?

The Stink

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