Jay Eales was someone I had known for a while through online Doctor Who fandom: he had already co-edited the well-respected charity anthologies Perfect Timing and Perfect Timing 2, but more importantly he turned out to be a genuinely fun person to while away the evenings arguing with. When he announced another charity anthology – Walking in Eternity – I successfully submitted a story, and he gradually became somebody I could chat with publicly and privately.
Walking in Eternity was published by Jay and Selina Lock's small press Factor Fiction, which was more usually the home of some top quality independent comics.
Actually, the first official publication from Factor Fiction was Walking in Eternity. Having done the Perfect Timing books with co-editors, when I decided to go solo for the next book, I felt I needed an imprint, and Factor Fiction was it.
When we were done with Walking in Eternity, my partner in crime, Selina and I cast about for a new project. Selina decided that she wanted to produce a comic for all the comics widows, dragged by their boyfriends to comic conventions, with very little in the way of comics they wanted to read. Running in parallel with Girly was Violent! – An homage to the legendary British comic of the 1970s, Action. Edited by Mike Sivier, it was published once or twice a year, and I gradually infiltrated it like a virus – Mike was finding it more difficult to devote time to publishing Violent!, and after some negotiations, it was decided that Factor Fiction should take over that role, to allow Mike to spend what time he had writing strips for it.