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When Prince Kynan arrives in Everdream to rescue his mother the queen, he finds more than he’d bargained for.

The world is as vast and limitless as the real world—the Wake.  And amid its forests, rivers, and ruins there lurks a host of mythical beasts, all bent on hunting down any living Dreamer and killing him.  Kynan has no leads to find his mother in this strange, hostile world.

Enter Grigor.

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When I wrote Across the Deep, it took me a decade.

A decade of sifting through the historical record and the treasure trove of letters and journals left to me and my cousins by my grandfather.  Every new thing I read brought these people to life in new and vibrant ways.

You see, it’s one thing to have a family tree with names and dates.  (Many families don’t even have that much, beyond a couple of generations.)  Even old black and white photographs can only take you so far.  It’s the stories that really matter.

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Do you ever feel like there’s more than just this life?

Like you’re adrift in a dream—maybe even a nightmare—that someday has to end and that you’ll wake up and everything will make sense?  As though no matter how you try to fit in to the world around you it doesn’t quite work?

Maybe I’m alone in that feeling, but I suspect I’m not.

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Right now I’m working on a historical fiction based on a true story—the remarkable true story of Ann MacLean.  But I wouldn’t have even heard of Ann if it weren’t for another Loyalist who lived at the refugee camp at Machiche with her—my five times great grandfather Josiah Cass.

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My upcoming YA Fantasy novel, Everdream, takes place in a magical realm where dreams are real.  But it has another important setting, too—a backdrop to the dangerous magic of Everdream.  The Kingdom of Tyernas.  Here’s what I know about Tyernas so far.

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I’m blogging over at Redwood Park Communities today.  Take a look:

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There’s this thing about living life with people—sometimes you get burned.

When that happens it’s tempting to close up shop, shake the dust off our feet, and give up.  The next time someone needs help, there’s that nagging little worry that says it will happen again.  That we should protect ourselves.

But that’s just an excuse, really.

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What if the princess wasn’t so charming?

Here’s another sneak peek of my new work in progress, a historical fiction novel based on the life of Ann MacLean.  In this excerpt, Ann gives birth to her second son while fleeing to Canada, fresh from the loss of her husband.

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In this excerpt from my Young Adult Fantasy novel, Prince Kynan and his mysterious guide, Grigor, are travelling through a dark tunnel.  Grigor shows Kynan a magical solution to their light problem.

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The log church at St. Elmo, built by William McKillican

This past weekend I made a pilgrimage.  It’s become an annual thing for us—to travel to the land of my forefathers and soak in the extravaganza of Scottish heritage that is the Glengarry Highland Games.  But this year is a special year.  This year marks the 200th anniversary of a different kind of pilgrimage.  200 years ago, William McKillican uprooted his family and followed his congregation to Canada, where he eked out a farm in the backwoods of Breadalbane in Glengarry County, as told in my book Across the Deep.

 

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My latest YA fantasy manuscript centres around a young prince, Kynan, the heir to the throne of his land of Tyernas.  Kynan embarks on a quest to rescue his mother from her ten-year slumber in the magical realm of Everdream.

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In the Wake, there is nothing much to recommend him.  He is scrawny for his age of 15, brown haired and pale.  Though he has a court of youths who treat him with deference, he knows they secretly scorn him.  His father, the king, surely finds him a disappointment, as he keeps him from any kind of responsibility or risk.

But that is just the beginning of who Kynan is.  In Everdream he can be anything.  In Everdream he is his truest self.

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