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Brief info

Trudie Skies has been living inside fantasy worlds ever since she discovered that reality doesn’t quite live up to the hype. Through the magic of books, she wishes to share these worlds of hope and heroes with other weary souls. Living in North East England, Trudie spends most of her free time daydreaming about clouds, devouring whatever fantasy books or video games she can get her hands on, and chasing after her troublesome dogs, who would like to reassure you they are very good boys.

Her debut YA fantasy series, Sand Dancer, was published through Uproar Books. Trudie is now writing adult gaslamp fantasy with her new series, The Cruel Gods.

You can chat with Trudie on Twitter @TrudieSkies, or to find out more about Trudie and her fantasy worlds, visit

Trudie's Taste in Books and Video Games

I was raised on video games and fantasy books. My first ever console was a SEGA Master System and I’ve been a hardcore SEGA fan ever since. I even attended a Sonic the Hedgehog convention cosplaying Dr Robotnik! These days, you’re more likely to catch me playing my favourite Bethesda RPG’s such as The Elder Scrolls or Fallout, or trying the latest indie games.

Whilst I love sprawling open world games. RPG’s and survival/crafting sims, I’m looking to play shorter indie experiences that focus more on atmosphere and story. I generally don’t touch competitive games including FPS or sports, but I do love a good single player FPS experience if the world draws me in.

For books, I read mostly fantasy and young adult fantasy, but I’m happy to blur the genre lines between fantasy and sci-fi. I’ll read anything that seems weird or wonderful, including fantasy romance or urban fantasy, but I’m not interested in straight up romance, contemporary, crime, or thrillers. I need the fantastical.

Give me imaginative world building and emotion characters in both books and video games!

Favourite Books

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses
  • Eon Dragoneye Reborn
  • His Dark Materials
  • Life of Pi
  • Ninth House
  • Rebel of the Sands
  • Six of Crows
  • The Poppy War
  • The Song of the Lioness

Favourite Games

  • Death Stranding
  • Fallout 4
  • Final Fantasy VII & VIII
  • Panzer Dragoon Saga
  • Skies of Arcadia
  • Sonic 3 & Knuckles
  • Stardew Valley
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Undertale

Trudie's Published Works

Gaslamp Fantasy

Cruel gods rule the steam-powered city of Chime and demand worship from their mortal subjects, but when soul-sucking creatures prey on Chime’s citizens, it’ll take godless heathens to save them—before the gods take matters into their own hands.

A Young Adult fantasy

When her father’s murder reveals a lifetime of lies, a half-starved peasant girl must disguise herself as a young nobleman if she hopes to make her way into the heart of her enemies. But what is she truly after—the truth or revenge?

The Sequel

When her kingdom starts rounding up anyone with fire magic to fight and die on the front lines of a pointless war, a brash young warrior must decide how much is too much for her people to give up in order to stop the violence.

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