Mike Bryan

abercrombie-half-a-kingMike Bryan is nominated for Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (HarperCollins)

… and to give you a few insights into this year’s nominees, we’ve asked them all a few questions…

Tell us one of your early favourite fantasy novels?

I was influenced early on by H.G.Wells “Visions of the Future”

What fantasy novel was a real game changer, shifting the way you thought about epic fiction?

I love all Ian Banks novels particularly “Use of Weapons”

What do you like to see on fantasy novel cover art? What puts you off?

I prefer the simple,stark imagery of the first “Alien” poster

What classic fantasy themes always get your interest on the cover or in the write up of a new book? Any pet hates?

I am drawn to the realization of new, strange worlds

What’s the next big thing you’d like to see in epic fantasy fiction?

I would like to see more identity morphing from one character to another.

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