My name’s Ned Marcus and I write fantasy stories of all lengths, but mostly novels. I’ve published a novel, a novelette and several short fantasy stories.
I’m from NW England, but I’ve spent about half my life living in different parts of Asia and Europe—and I’m now based in Taiwan.
I’ve taught EFL around the world, written articles and books on ELT. I have degrees in psychology, ergonomics and education, and I teach part-time at a university in Taiwan.
Now I mostly write fantasy. I move between different sub-genres of fantasy: science fantasy, natural fantasy (my writing is close to the natural world, and often involves communication with plants and animals), contemporary fantasy and I have hope eventually to write high fantasy too.
The experience of living and travelling in various parts of , Europe and Asia has influenced me and my writing. Living in different countries means being exposed to different ways of thinking and living. The influence is subtle, but it’s there.
The languages I’ve learnt (and forgotten) have also altered my perspective on the world. For those interested, I speak Chinese and am learning French. I used to speak more languages—sadly, if you don’t practice them, you lose them.
My fight scenes (including magical ones) have been influenced by kung fu: ba gua zhang, tai chi and mizong in particular. Although I’ve been exposed to other styles too. Interesting styles with interesting creative applications in magic. And good for keeping in shape too.
Protecting the environment and animal welfare are important to me, and I’ve rescued animals from difficult situations and adopted too. The relationship between animals and humans reappears in my stories, as does the natural environment. That said, the stories themselves are adventures on distant worlds.
As a reader I love fantasy, but I read in all genres and the classics too. I started writing fantasy because I wanted fantasy worlds that I couldn’t find anywhere else. I still search for great new series to read.
I'm working on the second draft of my third novel (Fire Rising). My second novel (The Darkling Odyssey) is now available.