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Author Visits Part Two – Types of Presentations

Posted by on Sep 21, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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 from the students. In addition to the subject matter of my own books, I cover such topics as where ideas come from, story structure, editing...

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Author Visits Part One – The Benefits of an Author Visit

Posted by on Sep 15, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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 published author, especially if they have read and enjoyed their books. Examples of comments from students, teachers and librarians about my...

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

Posted by on Sep 12, 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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When Words Collide Blue Pencil Cafe

Posted by on Aug 11, 2019 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 11 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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Time Travel: Not Just a Thing of The Past at When Words Collide

Posted by on Aug 10, 2019 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. 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 Sorcerer’s Letterbox, The Heretic’s Tomb, Flashback, Twisted Fate, and Parallel Destiny all feature time travel, a genre that...

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

Posted by on Aug 9, 2019 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, 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 reader, choosing settings, the role of adults in children’s stories, and more. Writers and Editors Speed Mingle – August 9 at 4...

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When Words Collide – August 9, 10, and 11

Posted by on Aug 8, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

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 different genres have more in common than they have differences, the festival includes content for all types of literature including mainstream,...

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

Posted by on Jul 26, 2019 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? Sources of inspiration for the Shadowzone series

Posted by on Jul 23, 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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What’s it all about? An excerpt from The Social Media Writer’s Guide

Posted by on Jul 19, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  “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 going to connect with both existing and potential customers and they need to make sure that their web pages tell their clients everything they...

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