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How to be an author, by guest writer David Guymer – Part One


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David Guymer, best selling author for the Black Library, the Godfather of Gotrek and Felix has kindly written a guest blog for us. This is part one.

“Being a writer is like having homework every day”
This was Guy Haley’s characteristically brilliant answer to a question at Black Library Live a couple of years ago. It got a laugh, but it’s true. Difficult as it might be to imagine, being a writer is more difficult than becoming one ever could be. It means working at it every day. It means deadlines. It means that you’ll probably be earning less than whatever else you might be doing instead. It means that you won’t get out much.
I finished my latest novel, Slayer, with a blistering cold and working through the night while my baby daughter slept because I was a week past my deadline. Do you think there was a single…

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Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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