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“I think this might be my favourite book ever!”

Posted by on Jan 17, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Time Camera The massive explosion in which Eleanor Chamberlain died at her research laboratory was widely seen as a tragic accident. Or was it the perfect crime? Two years later, Jake and Lydia discover a mysterious camera, capable of taking pictures of the distant past and more ominously, of the future. As they uncover the shocking truth and learn of secrets that someone will kill to protect, Jake and Lydia are soon propelled into a deadly struggle to save the future. The Time Camera received great reviews when it was first published and...

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People plotting: Creating unique characters – Part one

Posted by on Jan 16, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Let’s imagine that you’ve thought of a great premise for a story and even crafted a general plot. You then need to develop some characters to inhabit the world you’re intending to create. So where do ideas for characters come from? How do successful authors invent people for their stories, those imaginary men, women, children, and even animals that are a perfect fit for the story? Let’s be honest, ideas for characters can come from just about anywhere – on the train, street, plane, TV, movies, pictures and photographs, historical...

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What’s it all about? Sources of inspiration for the Shadowzone series

Posted by on Jan 12, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Shadowzone series involves the discovery of a grim dystopian version of Earth that’s ruled by a totalitarian dictatorship called the Ministry, the threat of a deadly virus, and a race against time to save the lives of millions. Here’s a synopsis for each of the novels. Shadowzone  While watching intense flashes of lightning during a violent storm, Ben experiences mysterious and disturbing visions of another world, one very different from his own. In the chain of events that follow, Ben encounters Charlie, a girl from a dark version...

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“The Sphere of Septimus is an exciting story of fantasy and adventure.”

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Sphere of Septimus Eric isn’t too happy when he has to spend the summer with his eccentric father, Septimus Trinket, in the backwater village of Middle Wogglehole, deep in the heart of rural Derbyshire. In the isolated village, however, things are not quite what they seem. Eric meets Jessica, who tells him of the legends and mysterious stories that have surrounded Middle Wogglehole for centuries. When they discover Septimus’ shocking secret, Eric and Jessica are soon fighting for their lives against the forces of evil, in a world very...

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What’s it all about? Sources of inspiration for Flashback, Twisted Fate, and Parallel Destiny

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Flashback was published in 2015. It’s a paranormal mystery adventure for young adults featuring ghosts, psychics, and Project Mindstorm, a secret operation involving deadly mind control experiments, as Max investigates events concealed for over twenty years. The initial idea was one of the first that I had when I began my writing career but the novel took a while to develop to my satisfaction. In Flashback, Max, a fourteen-year old boy, experiences strange dreams and visions, which appear to be from someone else’s life. He also sees a...

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Seeing the Light: Writers and Seasonal Affective Disorder – Part Six

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Regular physical exercise can help with stress relief and prevent the onset of SAD. Feeling more fit makes you feel better about yourself overall and generally improves your mood. Giving in to those winter blues can also be stressful and lead to overeating, overindulgence in alcohol or other unhealthy pursuits, so you need to take care of your body, watch your diet and get enough sleep. Make time to relax and get away from your writing once in a while, especially if you work at home.  And even if you do suffer from cabin fever, make sure...

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Seeing the Light: Writers and Seasonal Affective Disorder – Part Five

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many people are adversely affected each year by the winter blues and writers are no exception. There are many ways to combat SAD, including antidepressants and other medications, but bright artificial light treatments are common as a means to give the body more exposure to the light that is lacking once winter approaches.  For SAD sufferers, shorter days and long nights can initiate depression, excessive fatigue and other issues. Not simply the ‘winter blues’, Seasonal Affective Disorder is recognized as a form of depression, which can...

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Seeing the Light: Writers and Seasonal Affective Disorder – Part Four

Posted by on Dec 5, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In ancient Greece and Rome, the works of Plato, Aristotle, Virgil and others may have been composed at night, with very little illumination. Monks in the Middle Ages would also have worked all year round and such works as Beowulf or the Anglo Saxon Chronicle would never have been written if everyone in the scriptorium had SAD.  Did Shakespeare only write in the spring and summer? Candlelight was his only option if he chose to write his plays and sonnets after the sun had set. The same applied to Samuel Pepys, who we can assume wrote at...

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North Glenmore Park Craft Market

Posted by on Dec 1, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Today I’ll be at the North Glenmore Park Craft Market from 10 am to 3 pm. I’ll be signing copies of The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, The Heretic’s Tomb, The Doomsday Mask, The Time Camera, The Sphere of Septimus, Flashback, Future Imperfect, Twisted Fate, Parallel Destiny, Shadowzone, Into The Web, and Black Dawn. The event is located at 2231 Longridge Drive SW in Calgary. Hope to see you...

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Book Signing at Indigo Signal Hill November 25

Posted by on Nov 25, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

This Sunday, I’ll be at Indigo at Signal Hill in Calgary from noon to 5 pm. I’ll be signing copies of The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, The Heretic’s Tomb, The Doomsday Mask, The Time Camera, The Sphere of Septimus, Flashback, Twisted Fate, Future Imperfect, and Parallel Destiny. Indigo is located at 5570 Signal Hill Centre SW in Calgary. Hope to see you...

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