Jon’s author diary – September 22, 2023

Hello from sunny Morecambe!

Welcome back to another episode of my author diary series. In today’s video, we’re diving deep into the world of creativity, ideas, and a pinch of heavy metal!

🗡 Guild of Assassins Update

I’ve made some substantial progress on my upcoming novel, ‘Guild of Assassins,’ and I can’t wait to give you all a sneak peek of what’s to come. This book is shaping up to be an exhilarating adventure you won’t want to miss!

🧟‍♀️ Introducing: Punks Versus Zombies

That’s not all! I’m thrilled to announce a brand-new project: ‘Punks Versus Zombies.’ The first chapter will be posted on my Substack next week. Get ready for a fresh take on the zombie apocalypse that’s as rebellious as it is spine-chilling.

🎵 Currently Reading: Doomed to Fail & Jeish Space Lasers

On the reading front, I recently finished ‘Doomed to Fail,’ a fascinating dive into doom, sludge, and post-metal music genres. If you’re a fan of heavy, slow, and loud music, this book is a must-read.

Now, I’ve moved on to ‘Jewish Space Lasers’’ a book that explores the history of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. It’s an eye-opening read that I highly recommend.

👉 Get Involved

I’d love to hear from you. What are you reading at the moment? Are you excited about ‘Guild of Assassins’ or ‘Punks Versus Zombies’? Let me know in the comments below!

🔔 Don’t Forget!

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Thanks for watching and catch you in the next video!

Cheerio! 📚🎉

Jon’s author diary – September 15, 2023

Welcome back to another edition of my weekly Author Diary.

🚨 This week is a bit different 🚨
I haven’t managed to write any fiction this week. I’ve been under the weather and taking it easy to get back to full health. 🤒 However, I’ve been doing some reading in between my rest periods. I delved into “The Ultimate History of Video Games Volume 2,” explored the intricacies of “Colonialism: A World History,” and also read “Sellout.” Fantastic reads and highly recommended!

🎉 Exciting News! Indie Author Mastermind is LIVE 🎉
Though I’ve not been working on my stories, I’ve been super productive in another realm. I’ve set up a brand new blog on Substack—Indie Author Mastermind. It’s designed to help aspiring indie authors navigate the maze of self-publishing and create a sustainable income from their writing.

🔗 Check it out here: Indie Author Mastermind

Jon’s author diary – September 1, 2023 #amwriting

Join me in sunny Morecambe for this week’s Author Diary where I discuss new chapters in Guild of Assassins, and my journey of turning Blind Gambit into an audiobook.

Hello from sunny Morecambe!

In this week’s Author Diary, I delved into the progress of my Substack novel, Guild of Assassins and share insights oncrafting three new chapters.

Not just content with the written word, I also used Eleven Labs to transform my novel Blind Gambit into an audiobook.

You can gain early access to novels and exclusive stories by signing up to my Substack page.

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Cross-Bay Walk for Galloway’s Society for the Blind

Embarking on my third Cross-Bay Walk for an incredible cause: Galloway’s Society for the Blind. Join me in making a difference!

Hello from sunny Morecambe!

For the third consecutive year, I am stepping out to the challenging terrains of Morecambe Bay to embark on the exhilarating Cross-Bay Walk.

But I’m not just walking for fun—I’m walking to raise money for Galloway’s Society for the Blind.

📅 When?

August 26th, from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM

📍 Where?

Starting in the village of Sandgate, we’ll venture all the way to Chapel Island and back, with the experienced Guide to the Sands, Raymond Porter, leading us.

The journey covers approximately 5 miles of channels and quicksand (and if last year is anything to go by, gale-force winds).

Each year I’ve taken part has been  challenging yet immensely rewarding.

🎯 Why?

Your sponsorship and support will help make a tangible difference in the lives of those who benefit from the incredible work done by Galloway’s Society for the Blind.

🌟 How Can You Help?

Sponsor Me! – Your generous sponsorship will directly support the Galloway’s Society for the Blind.


Spread the Word! – Can’t sponsor? That’s okay! Sharing about this event and the cause on social media can also make a huge difference.

By supporting this event, you’ll be helping thousands see a brighter tomorrow.

Let’s work together to make this year’s walk the most impactful yet!

Warm regards,


P.S. Your contribution, whether big or small, makes a world of difference. 🚶‍♂️🌟🌊

Jon’s Author Diary – August 18, 2023

Join Jon Cronshaw as he revisits the inspirational streets of Ravenglass and shares exciting updates on the ‘Dawn of Assassins’ series, plus insights on his reading journey.

Hello from cloudy Morecambe!

This week was truly special for me. Finally visiting Ravenglass—where I derived the name of my main series from—was a moving experience.

 Walking through the very streets that inspired so much of my writing and exploring the beauty of the surrounding area felt surreal and invigorating.

If you haven’t been there, I recommend it—the place truly resonates with creativity.

Writing update:

In writing news, there’s a fresh treat for you on my Substack—a brand new short story which serves as a prequel to the Dawn of Assassins series.

It’s my little way of saying thank you for the continued support.

I’m eager to hear what you think of it.

Visit: to find out more.

I also continued work on the fourth installment in the series.

I’ve been redrafting scenes I dictated earlier in the year and hope to carry on with the full first draft in the not-too-distant-future.

Oh, and another chapter for the Guild of Assassins novel is complete!

Reading update:

I’m still on the Horus Heresy journey. After wrapping up Angel Exterminatus, I’ve moved on to Betrayer—the plot twists and turns never cease to amaze me.

A little confession:

I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the number of projects I’ve taken on.

But paradoxically, while juggling all these tasks might seem slower, it’s making me more productive.

The key, I’ve realized, is to follow where my energy leads.

Yet, there’s a nagging reminder in the back of my mind to wrap up Guild of Assassins—especially with The Fall of Wolfsbane soon returning from the editor.

If you enjoy these updates, don’t forget to follow my journey on my YouTube channel and the ‘Jon Cronshaw’s Author Diary’ podcast.

Do me a favour? Hit that thumbs up, subscribe, and let’s chat in the comments.

Your thoughts, as always, are my inspiration.

So, until next time, cheerio.


My Pilgrimage to Ravenglass: The Real-Life Inspiration for My Fantasy Universe

Join Jon in Ravenglass, Lake District—the muse behind his fantasy tales. Explore the inspiration for dreamy landscapes and stories. Like & subscribe for more!

Hello from sunny Ravenglass!

Join me on a special journey as I finally set foot in Ravenglass in the beautiful Lake District—the place that breathed life into my fantasy universe.

For years, the mere name “Ravenglass” has been a wellspring of inspiration, giving birth to countless stories and dreamy magic in my mind.

So, whether you’re here as a fellow lover of the Lake District, a fan of my stories, or just someone with an insatiable curiosity, buckle up! This is a trip that has been years in the making, and I’m thrilled to have you by my side.

Remember to like, comment, and subscribe.

Every bit of support inspires yet another tale.

So, until next time, cheerio.


Jon’s Author Diary – August 11, 2023

Dive into author updates from sunny Morecambe! Explore new chapters, the continuation of ‘Guild of Assassins’, and delve into the ‘Horus Heresy’ series.

Hello from sunny Morecambe!

Another week, another set of chapters in the bag. I’ve been carrying on with my Substack series ‘Guild of Assassins,’ with two more chapters complete and ready for your eyes.

In addition to that, I’ve started writing a new story—a follow-up to ‘Orphan Farm Boy of Destiny’ entitled ‘The Unchosen One.’

I’ll be releasing on my Substack every other Wednesday…for free.  

On the reading front, the Horus Heresy series remains my literary companion. Currently engrossed in ‘Angel Exterminatus’—book 23, for those keeping track.

If you haven’t already, do subscribe to my YouTube channel for regular updates and insights.

For those who prefer to listen, ‘Jon Cronshaw’s Author Diary’ is available as an audio podcast. Perfect for your daily commute or a quick listen while you’re doing the washing up.

Thank you for joining me on this writing journey. Your support means the world to me.

Don’t forget to hit the thumbs up, subscribe, and drop your thoughts in the comments.

So, until next time, cheerio.

Jon’s Author Diary – August 7, 2023

Explore author adventures in Jersey, retro cinema nights, ‘Ravenglass Legends’ updates, Wattpad tales, and diving into the Horus Heresy series.

Hello from sunny Morecambe!

This week, I took a short break to Jersey. Yes, that’s right, I swapped my author’s den for a bit of beach-side brainstorming. Sun, sea, and scribbles…oh, and storms.

While escaping the rain, we watched ‘Snow White‘ (1937) at the cinema. Nothing like a classic to make you appreciate the art of storytelling (and remind you of those dubious attitudes in the 1930s.)

Speaking of tales, I’ve got a fresh outline bubbling for Ravenglass Legends Book 3. Believe me, this one’s shaping up to be a fun series.

In the spirit of branching out, I’ve ventured into the world of Wattpad! Soon, you’ll find snippets, tales, and perhaps a few misadventures from yours truly. If I can work out how to post that is…

Finally, I’ve been reading Fear to Tread from the Horus Heresy series. Space Marines and epic sagas.. sometimes, one needs a dose of galactic grandeur amidst fairytales.

Don’t forget to hit that thumbs up, subscribe, and leave a comment down below! Your feedback’s always gratefully received.

So until next time, cheerio.

Jon’s Author Diary – July 28, 2023 – Guild of Assassins, Horus Heresy

Explore Jon Cronshaw’s writing journey with Guild of Assassins, his current read – The Primarchs, and upcoming blog posts during his week off.

Welcome back to my Author Diary!

 In this week’s episode, I share my progress on writing my book, Guild of Assassins, with three chapters completed and a first draft for a fourth one.

You can catch these chapters as they go live on my Substack in the upcoming weeks:

I also delve into my current read – the 20th book of the Horus Heresy series, The Primarchs.

Please note, next week’s Author Diary will be a bit delayed as I’m taking a week off to recharge.

In the meantime, you won’t be missing out as daily blog posts will still be going live on my website as well as updates on my Substack.

Thank you for your support and understanding.

Remember to hit the subscribe button and stay tuned for more insights into my writing journey.

So, until next time, cheerio!

Jon’s author diary – July 21, 2023 – Guild of Assassins, Horus Heresy

Discover progress on ‘Guild of Assassins’ & epic Warhammer 40k journey. Join me on YouTube for more adventures! Subscribe now.

Hello from sunny Morecambe!

Welcome back to my weekly author diary, where I share all the updates from my writing journey and reading escapades.

This week, I am thrilled to bring you the latest developments on my novel, “Guild of Assassins.”

I’ve been focusing my attention this week on my novel “Guild of Assassins.”

And another chapter is ready for you to read!

Head over to my Substack profile to read the latest installment of this action-packed adventure.

Your support and encouragement have been the driving force behind my progress, and I’m grateful for each one of you who has been on this journey with me.

I’ve also been continuing my epic readthrough of the Warhammer 40k Horus Heresy series. The battles, the mysteries, and the character arcs have kept me hooked.

As we venture into the school summer holidays, I’d like to share my plans for the upcoming weeks.

My main focus will be on writing “Guild of Assassins.” This is so I can be sure to get the next chapter out on Substack on time every Saturday.

You can read “Guild of Assassins” on my Substack site at

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