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Trent Jamieson is a multi-award winning novelist and short story writer. 

He is the author of the Death Works series, The Nightbound Land Duology, Day Boy, and The Giant and the Sea.

He can be contacted below.

Some of his short fiction can be read here.

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Readers and the Worlds We Build

Updated: Mar 29, 2021

I have a new book coming out, that I can't quite shout about yet. Which gets me thinking about the what comes after. I’ve gotten my joy out of the manuscript and the processes of writing: everything after that is a bonus.

But I also write to be read.

And once your work is out there, all you really want is for your books to find the right readers, whoever they may be: the people who are going to get a kick out of your word choices, your characters, the way you move a story, the way you build a world. The ones who are ready to go into that world with your words and see it with their own.

The other day I saw some concept art for a couple of silly (very silly, but wonderful) picture books I have written, and the work was exciting, and not how I expected it, but absolutely how it should be. I was delighted, and that is a very special sort of reading, and a very special sort of response to words and I have been very lucky to have that a few times.

But you get that every time someone reads your work, you both build a world together, and it’s never how I expect that world to be. How could it? The reader brings their own world to it, and that combination is a richer brew than the stuff in my head alone.

My next book had a rather tortuous genesis, but it served its purpose well. It got me through my troubles (there’s always troubles), and gave me comfort, and I got to know a bunch of people that didn’t exist before I started, but feel like old friends now. I also had a baby and, just before this book is born, another baby is coming, so I am having all sorts of feelings around this book*.

Mostly, I hope the book will find its readers. I hope that people enjoy it.

And if you do, please feel free to get in touch: I’d love to know the world we built together.

*Mostly mitigated by the book I am currently writing which directly explores a lot of that, and has gotten me through a year of Covid, and little sleep (our child is not a good sleeper, so neither are we)

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