I’m a writer and I run writing workshops.
My fantasy novel, Babylon Steel, came out from Solaris in January 2012. The next in the series, Dangerous Gifts, came out in 2013. The first book in the Gears of Empire steampunk series, Shanghai Sparrow, came out in 2014, and the second in that series, Sparrow Falling, is out now.
I never expected that I would write about someone who runs a brothel; about sex and sexuality in a fantasy setting. Heavens, I wasn’t even brought up to think about such things in any setting. I still haven’t quite worked out how this happened, but it’s fun. I like Babylon, and if you haven’t already met her, I hope you will too. Stories from her world including newspaper extracts, Babylon’s advice to the lovelorn and sexually bemused, and occasional reports from the Chief of the Militia can be found at the Scalentine website.
And no, I never thought I’d write steampunk either. Working with mythology from both the British Isles and around the world, getting down and dirty in Victorian London – and very dirty it was too – and fearsome and fabulous among the Fey. My heroine is a tough lass who’s spent some years as a street urchin and has some interesting survival skills as a result – she could pick your pocket or simply persuade you to hand over your wallet and thank her for the favour…she’s fun to write, too.
I’m currently working on a new series, as well as a number of short stories, because my subconscious has the attention span of a caffeinated butterfly. You can find out more about my books here or read extracts here.
I run a variety of writing workshops and talks including Creating Characters, Plot, Outlining, and Finding Time to Write. If you’re interested in attending one of these, or having a workshop at your school, college or writers’ group, please contact me at gs (at) gaiesebold (dot) com. You can see a review of one of our recent workshops here.
I’m a client of literary agent John Jarrold.
I have a demanding cat, a somewhat shaggy garden, and am lucky enough to live with the delightful and talented writer David Gullen.
You can write to me at gs (at) gaiesebold (dot) com.