The Factory Trilogy
I’ve always read fantasy and science fiction. These were the genres that inspired me to start writing, so I’m very (VERY) excited to be able to announce that my new agent, Euan Thorneycroft at A.M. Heath, has sold my first SF/fantasy trilogy to Jo Fletcher Books.
The Factory Trilogy is going to be set within the gargantuan Factory of Gleam – an ancient, hulking edifice of stone, metal and glass ruled over by chaste alchemists and astronomer priests. As millennia have passed, the population of Gleam has decreased, and so now only the central district is fully inhabited and operational; the outskirts have been left for the wilderness to reclaim, and have become the haunt of outlaws, loners and stranger things. This decaying, lawless zone is the Discard; this is the home of Wild Alan, the series’ protagonist. Clever, arrogant, and perpetually angry, Wild Alan is a protest singer who is as loved by some of the Discard’s misfits almost as much as he is loathed by the rest of them. He’s convinced that the Gleam authorities were behind the disaster that killed his parents and the whole mining community of which they were a part; his ambition is to prove it. In his attempts, he’ll uncover a lot more about Gleam than he bargained for.
My intention is for these books to be raucous, exciting, strange and otherworldly – more Gormenghast than A Song of Ice and Fire, more Alice in Wonderland than Lord of the Rings. Anyway, I’ll keep this short, because I can’t wait to get on with writing the first book – GLEAM.