About

This blog is devoted to information about my series of urban fantasy novels, Thaumatology. Here can be found details of the books, information about the world and the characters, and some personal comments from the author.

Your blogger is a middle-aged computer programmer who has been writing fiction since he was in his teens, but is finally at a stage where he thinks he might be able to publish something other people might like.

He does not usually refer to himself in the third person.

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23 thoughts on “About

  1. Dear Mr. Teasdale;
    I just finished reading a collection of your stories, which I downloaded, free, from Amazon. The collection was called, “Tales From High Towers’ Study”. I enjoyed every story immensely. I really liked the skillful, yet subtle way you develop your characters. I tend to shy away from the fantasy genre, because so much is a lot of overwrought bodice-ripping or unbelievable sword-and-sorcery-without-much-reason and waaaay too much wise-cracking. I don’t know if it is because you are British or just because you are you, but the realistic and understated way you write is such a refreshing difference,
    I am so pleased I had to opportunity to read your work, although, now I am hooked and this was the only free book of yours that I have found. The downside is this: now I will have to pay for my entertainment. (*sigh*) Perhaps I will badger my local library to buy some of your works… I will let you know how that fares.
    I am a middle-aged woman, who lives on a disability pension and I don’t have a lot of cash to throw around, so I am very careful with what I have. I can hardly wait for my next check, so I can invest in some more of your stories. (Yes, I am an American, so I get a check, not a cheque.) I could go on quite a bit more, but it is late (almost midnight, my time) and I should go to bed. I am happy that you don’t usually refer to yourself in the third person. I have not heard Good Things about that practice. Please keep up your writing, it is awesome! Best Wishes, Carla Proffitt

  2. Mr. Teasdale:

    I very much enjoyed all of your stories. The story telling is excellent. I wish that you had taken more time to spell-check your work. There were glaring spelling mistakes, which, when I ran across them, took me out of the story. These are not English/American differences, but things like mis-spelling the name “Carter” or using “too” for “two” and things like that.

    Again — I eagerly read all the stories, and eagerly await whatever is next, but please proofread your work.

    • Actually, I do proofread my work, but if you’ve ever tried doing that you’ll likely discover that it’s not as easy as you think. All of the books go through from two to four editing rereads before they go out to press, and those usually catch most of the mistakes, but not all. Thankfully, with the recent success of Steel Beneath the Skin, I should be able to add an extra run through by a professional proofreader. Even then I doubt every single mistake will go away simply because I’ve never read a book that didn’t have errors in it.

      • I have read a lot of self-published stories and novels, and must say that yours are much better proof-read than most of them. Having a handful of typos in 70,000 words is negligible.

        Would you like to get a feedback on them?

  3. Mr.Teasdale
    I have just finished reading all your books I think? If you have more than Traumatology and Steel beneath the skin, all I can say is More More More !!! Please
    And thank you Don miller
    PS. If you have any other books please let me know, I look forward to your next book

    • There are 11 Thaumatology books, plus 2 anthologies, and Steel Beneath the Skin, at the moment. If you’ve read all those then that’s all there is until the next Aneka Jansen book comes out, probably in September.

      Glad you liked them.

  4. I just bought and read all of your books on amazon. Aneka first and then thaumatology series. I REALLY enjoyed them. You have an excellent imagination (erotic and otherwise). The only thing I found frustrating about the Thamatology series was the continual setup of very erotic situations that were not fleshed (hur hur) out.
    Your imagination is much better than mine and I often had a vaguely dissatisfied feeling of literary blue balls 🙂
    I wish you a long, satisfying and lucrative writing future in the new year.
    Dave (also a coder)

    • Thanks. 🙂
      Thaumatology was written first and while I knew I was going with some heavy sexually-oriented content (half-succubus… duh), I was also not aiming to do anything heavily explicit. I let myself go a bit more with Aneka, though I dialled that back a bit from the first book.
      I’ve written erotica before, and this doesn’t count (in my opinion). Though, of course, it depends on your definition of ‘erotic.’

  5. Thanks for the great books, keep writing self published works. (Cut down from 10k review on self publishing vs. cookie cutter works)

  6. Having read and enjoyed Steel Beneath the Skin and its sequels, I started the Thaumatology series last week. I don’t normally like fantasy, so I approached it with some trepidation, and only because I know I like your other writing. I needn’t have worried: it’s great fun.

    I’m currently about three quarters of the way through book 3, Legacy, so I haven’t yet read them all. However, there’s one thing that’s bugging me. I know how Twill came to live in Ceri’s house, but what’s the story behind Lily moving in? You rather seem to have glossed over that little bit of back story. Have you told it properly in one of the books that I haven’t yet read? If not, I’d be really grateful if you could, please, tell it.

    Oh, and the other missing (so far) bit of back story is about Twill’s lack of enthusiasm for other fairies.

    Thank you for a lot of reading pleasure.

    • Lilly’s arrival at High Towers is told in one of the anthologies, Tales from High Towers’ Study. However, exactly why she’s there and far more about Twill’s background will become clear when you get to Dragonfall and For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll. It’s a long way off, I admit, but it’s all there.

      • Oh, good. Thank you. Tales from High Towers’ Study is already on my Kindle, and likely to be read in the next week or so – probably next after the new Michael Connolly that comes out tomorrow. And I can wait to read about Twill’s background; just knowing that it’s been written is enough for now. Anyway, it’s not actually that long a way off for me. I read a lot, and fairly fast.

        Thanks again.

      • It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one whose memory sometimes plays tricks. 🙂

        Tales from High Towers’ Study includes the story of Lily’s first meeting with Carter, but not the one about her meeting Ceri. I reached the end of Hammer of Witches last night, and found Housemates added on there. Thanks for writing that and thus tying off a loose end.

  7. Just finished the latest and enjoyed it. Some notes for the American audience:
    Curb rather than Kerb
    Flashlight rather than Torch
    Elevator rather than Lift
    (Yes, irrational nit-picking 🙂 )

    • I don’t really do different editions for the different territories, so I’m afraid you guys get English spellings. I’ll make a note on the flashlight/torch thing. I thought I’d got all the elevator/lift ones (D’Oh!).
      I nitpick over stuff like that too, tbh. The ones I know about anyway. Like I said, I thought I’d got all the elevator ones.

      Glad you enjoyed it anyway.

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