All the current news concerning my books and releases.


Switching Books And Finishing A Trilogy

After spending last weekend in Cromer, mostly enjoying the peace and quiet on the beach, I came back with my creative batteries recharged and ready to write. Unfortunately, getting some distance from the second draft of my novel, Crawlers, made me realise there were some pretty big problems with the story. Rather than try and fix the issues now, I’ve decided to put the manuscript aside for a bit and instead finish Zenith Rising, the last book in my apocalyptic Fielding Series.

I’ve had the book planned out for years now, and it’s way past time to wrap up the trilogy. From three act structure and the hero’s journey to dialogue and character development, I cut my teeth as a writer working on these books. I learned more than I could possibly have guessed starting out, and I’m looking forward to finishing the series and moving onto exciting new projects as a better writer.

I’m planning to finish Zenith Rising before the end of the year. It shouldn’t be too hard (hah, I always say that) since I have 90% of the book planned out already. So if it’s quiet around here, it’s because I’m putting in the time to write and release a book in two months. I’m making an effort not to completely fall off the radar, so I’ve been a bit more active over on twitter lately. If you want to follow my ramblings over there you can find me @GavinZanker.

In other news, here are a few things I liked today:

Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials, dishes out some of his rules of writing (http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-41670890)

Bill Burr on The Tim Ferris show explaining how he knew he made it (https://twitter.com/tferriss/status/921014548546641920)

Robert Webb’s “How Not To Be A Boy” which I started on the train the other day. It had me laughing out loud like a pillock. Especially loved the metaphors he throws around. (https://twitter.com/arobertwebb/status/840183569066655747)


Zenith Rising image designed by Gavin Zanker using licensed copyright imagery.

Solace Within Price Increasing Tomorrow

Solace Within will be increasing to full price tomorrow, so pick up a copy for $0.99 while you still can on Amazon Kindle: bit.ly/solacewithin.


Solace Within coverAiden’s journey continues in an exciting new chapter in The Fielding Series.

While exploring a sealed bunker, the practical loner Aiden Fielding uncovers a strange artefact, setting off a chain of events that leave him holding the fate of the future in his grasp.

Both him and his faithful border collie are soon befriended by Leigh, a spirited young girl whose optimism and naivety creates perilous friction. On their travels, they draw the attention of forgotten figures from Aiden’s past; powerful and vicious, they desire the artefact for their own ends and will go to great lengths to possess it. Can Aiden and Leigh solve the mystery of the powerful artefact before the encircling threat spirals beyond their control?

Solace Within is an affecting, fast-paced post-apocalyptic adventure that follows Aiden on a quest of danger and intrigue as his world-weary soul struggles to reconnect with humanity.


Solace Within Copyright © 2017 Gavin Zanker

Solace Within Now Available

Solace Within is now available on Amazon Kindle: bit.ly/solacewithin. The book will be available for the reduced price of $0.99 for one week until it increases to full price on 17/7/17.

In light of the new release, the first installment in The Fielding Series, Forged in the Dawn (bit.ly/forgedinthedawn), has been updated with a new edition and will be available free for the next few days, so now is the perfect time to add both titles to your library.


Solace Within coverAiden’s journey continues in an exciting new chapter in The Fielding Series.

While exploring a sealed bunker, the practical loner Aiden Fielding uncovers a strange artefact, setting off a chain of events that leave him holding the fate of the future in his grasp.

Both him and his faithful border collie are soon befriended by Leigh, a spirited young girl whose optimism and naivety creates perilous friction. On their travels, they draw the attention of forgotten figures from Aiden’s past; powerful and vicious, they desire the artefact for their own ends and will go to great lengths to possess it. Can Aiden and Leigh solve the mystery of the powerful artefact before the encircling threat spirals beyond their control?

Solace Within is an affecting, fast-paced post-apocalyptic adventure that follows Aiden on a quest of danger and intrigue as his world-weary soul struggles to reconnect with humanity.


Solace Within Copyright © 2017 Gavin Zanker