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What’s it all about? Sources of inspiration for Future Imperfect

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Future Imperfect is an exciting adventure featuring technology, teenage geniuses, corporate espionage, and mysterious messages. Most kids these days are very familiar with laptops, tablets, and video games, and don’t go anywhere without their cell phones, so the technology and gadgets that feature in the story make the novel very appealing for young readers. It’s also a very compelling adventure story, with lots of cliffhangers, twists, and turns. In the novel we’re introduced to Andrew Mitchell, who was one of the leading experts in...

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What’s it all about? An excerpt from The Working Writer’s Guide

Posted by on Sep 14, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“A great resource for beginning and established writers.”   Introduction Misconceptions are common regarding published authors. People think either that all authors earn millions or that it’s impossible to make a living as a writer. While some writers are financially successful with their e-books, success stories are rare, at least for now, and only a handful of authors make serious money from e-books. Misconceptions also abound regarding authors who write for children. Books for younger readers are often mistakenly considered...

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What’s it all about? An excerpt from The Time Traveller’s Guide

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

“The Time Traveler’s Guide is a great resource for any writer wanting to improve their craft.”   Chapter One: What is time travel? Time travel is defined as taking place when there is movement between specific points in time. This is achieved in the same way that objects and living things move through space. In fiction, this kind of travel is made possible by the use of a time machine, device, or method. While nothing is carved in stone, I tend to think that time travel involving machinery or some kind of technology should be...

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What’s it all about? An excerpt from Where Do Ideas Come From?

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

  “The idea of creating a learning guide for young people’s books is truly inspired.”   Introduction Many of my novels can be used as the basis for workshops and projects in the classroom. The Alchemist’s Portrait, The Sorcerer’s Letterbox, and The Heretic’s Tomb are all time travel stories and can be used as the basis for workshops in which students create time machines and stories set in a different era. All three novels are also ideal for studying the different historical periods depicted in the stories. The...

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The Importance of Professional Editing

Posted by on Aug 30, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You’ve finished your first novel after years of painstaking work. You’re sure it could be a best seller and everyone you know is very enthusiastic. Yet your manuscript is returned by publishers, with a form letter providing no clues as to why they didn’t like it. Having your work independently evaluated gives you an unbiased opinion, helping you to tighten your manuscript and fix problems you may have overlooked. I’ve provided substantive and copy editing services for many other writers over the years. This has been for novels, short...

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What’s it all about? An excerpt from The Children’s Writer’s Guide

Posted by on Aug 27, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  “This is by far the best book I have picked up to help me kick start my writing!” Chapter Four: Where Do Ideas Come From One of the most common questions asked of authors, whether from children during school visits or in interviews, is “Where do you get your ideas?” In so many ways, ideas are all around us – in newspapers, magazines, pictures, photographs, other books whether fiction or non-fiction, television, movies, even video games. History can be a constant source of inspiration for writers, but so are personal...

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

Posted by on Aug 21, 2018 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 Many Benefits of a Writing Coach

Posted by on Aug 14, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A professional writing coach is someone with whom you can consult, ask questions and receive constructive feedback. They act as a guide as you build your career as a professional writer. A coach can help you conquer a stumbling block, regain momentum or make a start on a new project. My program helps you progress as a writer. You decide what you want to work on during a personalized, one on one relationship. I can be your coach for just one month or we can establish a month-to-month arrangement, depending on your schedule and...

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The Obsession of Writing

Posted by on Aug 13, 2018 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Obsession of Writing  by Mackenzie Reide Recently, I began revisions on the third book in my middle grade trilogy, The Adventurers: The Mine Caper. I described the process of writing and revising with my editor to someone. She looked surprised. “Wow. That sounds like a lot of work. Why do you write?” I was taken aback by the question. I blurted out the answer, “Why do you breathe?” Writing is not something that I ever really thought about. I just do it. It’s always been there lurking around in the back recesses of my mind. That...

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When Words Collide Blue Pencil Cafe

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

Today, I’ll be appearing at the When Words Collide in Calgary literary festival at the Delta South Hotel in Calgary. When Words Collide brings together the literary community, both readers and writers, for a sharing of information, for learning, and to build a sense of community. Blue Pencil Cafe Children’s and Middle Grade – August 12 at 3 pm In this session aspiring writers are invited to bring me the first page or two of their children’s book or young adult manuscript for 1-on-1 feedback.  Manuscripts should be...

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