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

Posted by on Mar 30, 2019 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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What’s it all about? An excerpt from The Social Media Writer’s Guide

Posted by on Mar 26, 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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PlayWriting Camp in Calgary in July

Posted by on Mar 25, 2019 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

PlayWriting Camp will take place once again with Cassa Musical Arts this July. The 2019 PlayWriting camp runs from July 15 to 19 at St. Vladimir’s Cultural Centre, 404 Meredith Road NE (Near Memorial Drive and Edmonton Trail), Calgary, Alberta. In a dramatic and fun-filled week of half day camps, children will learn how to write, rehearse and perform their own unique play in just five days. Children will create the plot, craft the script, write dialogue and hone their acting skills for their very own dramatic production, which will...

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“I absolutely loved this book!”

Posted by on Mar 22, 2019 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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Perils of Poor Editing: Part Three

Posted by on Mar 17, 2019 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

As a writer, you can never undertake too many checks before your work is finally released to the public. Cut out a few steps of the revision process and you could very well live to regret it. Here are some more newspaper headlines that should have been corrected prior to publication. Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over Let’s hope this isn’t in full view of the zoo’s visitors. Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant This seems to be a rather drastic course of action. War Dims Hope for Peace Now who would have...

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

Posted by on Mar 16, 2019 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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Book Signing at Indigo Signal Hill, March 16

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

This Saturday, 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, Parallel Destiny, and Future Imperfect. Indigo is located at 5570 Signal Hill Centre SW in Calgary. Hope to see you...

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

Posted by on Mar 13, 2019 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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Playwriting Camp in Calgary in July

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

PlayWriting Camp will take place once again with Cassa Musical Arts this July. The 2019 PlayWriting camp runs from July 15 to 19 at St. Vladimir’s Cultural Centre, 404 Meredith Road NE (Near Memorial Drive and Edmonton Trail), Calgary, Alberta. In a dramatic and fun-filled week of half day camps, children will learn how to write, rehearse and perform their own unique play in just five days. Children will create the plot, craft the script, write dialogue and hone their acting skills for their very own dramatic production, which will then...

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

Posted by on Mar 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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