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People plotting: Creating unique characters – Part one

Posted by on Jan 19, 2020 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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“I absolutely loved this book!”

Posted by on Jan 12, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Alchemist’s Portrait A school trip to the art gallery at the city museum leads Matthew into an eerie meeting with Peter Glimmer, imprisoned inside his own portrait by his villainous uncle in 1666. Entrusted by Peter with recovering the one object that can save the world, Matthew is sent hurtling over 300 years into the past. Encountering magic, mayhem and murder, Matthew also has to contend with Peter’s uncle, the ruthless and seemingly immortal Nicolaas van der Leyden, at every turn, in a desperate race through time to save the...

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“The Doomsday Mask is a thrilling page-gripper of a mystery.”

Posted by on Jan 5, 2020 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Doomsday Mask The legendary crystal ceremonial mask of Kulkaan, high priest of Atlantis, was believed to have been endowed with incredible powers. In the ancient civilization’s destruction, the mask was thought to have been shattered and irretrievably lost, eventually being forgotten. Long considered to be a mere myth, the mask’s crystal fragments have now been found and the mask of Kulkaan reassembled, with deadly consequences for all mankind. In a desperate race against time, Josh and Erica must prevent the mask from falling intact...

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Writing in the Holiday Season: Part Five – Sources of Inspiration

Posted by on Dec 22, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Even at Christmas, activities unrelated to writing can often unlock your inspiration. These include wrapping gifts, stringing lights, decorating the tree and house, or even more everyday tasks such as doing laundry, walking the dog, tidying the house, or washing the dishes after a family meal. It’s surprising how even the most mundane situations can launch you on the road to your next story. Ideas might also be generated from your own influences, either from childhood or later in life. Something you see in the run up to Christmas might...

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Writing in the Holiday Season: Part Four – Seasonal Stories

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

In the holiday season, an interesting exercise designed to get a story moving is to randomly use a collection of presents or Christmas decorations drawn from a bag. You then create a story in which these objects must all be used as a significant part of the narrative. You then draw out four or five at random and use them to create your story. This type of exercise always sparks the imagination and you’d be surprised at what you might come up with when confronted with a group of seemingly unconnected objects. You can establish a time limit...

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Writing in the Holiday Season: Part Three – Creative Opportunities

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

Despite the mayhem of the Christmas season, the final weeks of the year still present considerable opportunities for writers. You might even find the missing piece of the puzzle that allows you to create your masterpiece or at least get some really great ideas. Consider an overheard conversation and where it might lead. How about “there’s no way I’m inviting him to our house for Christmas ever again”, or “after that incident last New Year’s Eve, her family will never be the same.” Any of these could be overheard in the aisle...

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Writing in the Holiday Season: Part Two – Finding Time

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

For many of us, December is a very busy period that requires good time management. For example, if you normally try to write a certain number of pages or words each day at other times of the year, the occasional day might have to be cancelled due to family duties. However, in December it can seem as if you lose entire weeks of your creative time. There’s shopping, cooking, planning, and the kids are off school. You may have to attend your workplace’s office party or that of your partner. The holiday season is always a very...

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Writing in the Holiday Season: Part One – Generating Ideas

Posted by on Dec 9, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

During the holiday season, some people have a week, or even two, off work. While the Christmas and New Year period is invariably a very busy time, filled with family, friends, visiting, food and drink or even long distance travel in some cases, that doesn’t mean you can’t be working at your chosen craft during the festive season. Actual writing may not always be possible, especially if you have kids at home for a couple of weeks. Opportunities might also be in short supply if you have a seemingly endless amount of family gatherings or you...

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Triwood Christmas Market

Posted by on Dec 7, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Looking for the perfect gift? This Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm I’ll be signing copies of all my books at the Triwood Christmas Market. The event is being held at Triwood Community Association, 2244 Chicoutimi Drive NW in Calgary.   Hope to see you...

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“This is a great book for kids who like both fantasy and history.”

Posted by on Dec 4, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Sorcerer’s Letterbox In a hidden drawer in the base of an old wooden box, Jack discovers a letter from a boy calling himself Edward. Penning a reply, Jack is astonished to be corresponding through time with the boy king Edward V, one of the famous Princes in the Tower, murdered by King Richard III. Travelling back in time, Jack attempts to rescue Edward V and his brother from their fate, but is soon fighting for his life in the terrifying London of 1483. The Sorcerer’s Letterbox received great reviews when it was first published...

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