Welcome to The Fiction Factory - a blog that Ben's being writing on the side since he was a lot younger and a lot prettier. The Factory is smorgasbord of blogs and videos about Ben's progress as an indie author, his research and creative processes, news about new books, self-publishing advice, and whatever else he stumbles across on the internet – usually cat gifs.

October 3, 2019

It's time for another FOREVER KING sneak peek! As promised, below is another chunk of the new Emaneska book, Book One of the Scalussen Chronicles. The below is pretty much spoiler-free, so enjoy without care if you haven't read the Emaneska Series. Feel free to ignore...

September 19, 2019

It's interview time, and this time around, YOU are asking the questions. A few weeks ago, I put out a post letting you ask anything you liked. A whole bunch of you sent in a pile of different questions about me, my self-publishing journey, and my books. In this vlog, I...

August 24, 2019

Welcome to a roundup of my journey to Dublin WorldCon! What a brilliant time I had in Dublin, at the world's 77th Sci-Fi and Fantasy Con. It was so very enjoyable to meet old friends and new friends aplenty, as well as attend outstanding panels, kaffeeklatsches, and re...

August 10, 2019

Here's a brand new BenCast vlog for you. Find out about what I'll be up to and Dublin WorldCon and check out some of the new book swag I've designed. OH, and there's some cheap books on offer, too! If you want to know more, you can always subscribe to my YouTube at /Be...

July 23, 2019

It's time for another Fantasy Author Lounge! This month, I'm joined by Australian author Sam Hawke - author of the award-winning City of Lies and Hollow Empire. We had a hilarious time chatting about:

– fantasy as a setting as well as a genre

  • closed-room mysteries

  • ...

June 26, 2019

I'm back with another Fantasy Author Lounge, and this time in the lounge, we have fantasy author Timandra Whitecastle! Find out more.

June 12, 2019


As promised, I'm very pleased to share the first ever sneak peek of THE FOREVER KING, Book 1 of the Scalussen Chronicles. This is the first look at a new Emaneska book in 6 long damn years, so I hope you enjoy this snippet. It's currently u...

June 9, 2019

It's time for another BenCast vlog! In this vlog, I brave the vicious hordes of squirrels in the park to tell you about all the 99c/99p book deals I'm running.