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Author Visits Part Two – Types of Presentations

Many authors who conduct school visits on a long-term basis have a well organized set of presentations, workshops and other material. These might be related to their own books, but also to topics such as editing and revision, for example. Authors might talk about where they get their inspiration, character development or just how a book comes together, and whenever possible they leave time for questions... read more

Author Visits Part One – The Benefits of an Author Visit

Many teachers and librarians like to host artists in a variety of disciplines at their schools each year. They know that an author visit can be inspirational, boosting student creativity and encouraging children with their own writing. And for the author, meeting their readers can be one of the most enjoyable elements of a school visit. Younger students especially are almost always thrilled to meet a... read more

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

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.... read more

When Words Collide Blue Pencil Cafe

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 11 at 3 pm In this session aspiring writers are... read more

Time Travel: Not Just a Thing of The Past at When Words Collide

Today, I’ll be appearing at the When Words Collide in Calgary literary festival at the Delta South Hotel in Calgary. Historical Fiction for Middle Grade and Youth – August 10 at noon This panel explores how to educate and entertain through historical fiction for youth Time Travel: Not Just a Thing of the Past – August 10 at 3 pm My young adult novels The Alchemist’s Portrait, The... read more

Writing for Children and Young Adults and Writing Historical Fiction at When Words Collide

Today, I’ll be appearing at the When Words Collide in Calgary literary festival at the Delta South Hotel in Calgary, for two presentation and the Writers and Editors Speed Mingle Writing for Children and Young Adults – August 9 at 1 pm This session explores the art of writing for children and young adults. Explore research, planning, pacing your story, developing characters, connecting with the... read more

When Words Collide – August 9, 10, and 11

This weekend, I’ll be appearing at When Words Collide in Calgary. This exciting annual  literary festival embraces literature of all forms, including genre, and is held at the Delta South Hotel in Calgary. When Words Collide exists to provide an opportunity for the literary community, from readers to writers to publishers, to gather and share information and inspiration. With the belief that... read more

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

“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,... read more

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

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... read more

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

  “The internet can be a powerful promotional tool and, following Simon’s suggestions and guidelines, a professional copywriter can certainly improve his/her skills. A good resource.”   Chapter One: People don’t read web copy These days, any organization that wants to either do business, or stay in business, has to have an online presence. A website is crucial if a company’s... read more

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