If you’re a novelist you’re probably aware that November is Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month). You might even, like me, be participating. 30 days, 50,000 words, 1,000,000 cups of caffeinated beverages…we must be crazy! But even though Nanowrimo is almost at a close, it does raise an important issue for all writers:word count. For some… Continue reading 5 Tools for Boosting Word-count
I never cease to be amazed by how Philippa Gregory can turn out book after page-turning book, all based on well-known stories. Talk about your ultimate spoilers! And yet knowing the ending only enhances Gregory's Tudor Court and Cousins' War novels. The latest book in the series is no exception. Based on the real-life story… Continue reading Review: The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory
Just over a month ago I announced that my book, Legacy of Faith, had won the Word Alive Press Publishing Contest and would become published. Don't worry, that's still happening! But after careful thought, the good people there felt that the title I've been using might be too common. They also thought it sounds more… Continue reading What’s in a (book) name?
Seeing as I read this series one after the other, I thought I'd lump them all together and tell you what I thought. I had previously read the Mortal Instruments series and didn't like it much, so I didn't have very high expectations of this prequel trilogy. But I have to say I was pleasantly… Continue reading Review: The Infernal Devices
I have long been a fan of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books, and this latest in the 8-part and counting series did not disappoint. This book continues the epic tale of Claire and Jamie Fraser begun in the first book, Outlander, as well as dozens of added characters picked up along the way like Brianna, Roger, Lord… Continue reading Review: Written in My Own Heart’s Blood
For those of you who like reading time travel romance and prefer shorter, easily digestible stories, my new story Circle Round the Sun is one of six in a new anthology: Twist of Time, from Highland Press. It is currently out on Kindle and will arrive in print in the next couple of days. Time… Continue reading Another new release: Time Travel Anthology
Word Alive Press interviewed me about my upcoming book Legacy of Faith and my process in writing it. If you're interested you can see the interview.
I'm breaking my long, unintentional silence to let you know something very exciting--for me at least! 😉 My longtime labour of love, Legacy of Faith, is finally going to see the light of day. Legacy has won the Word Alive Press annual publishing contest. Apparently the judges "fell in love" with the manuscript, and I… Continue reading A Big Announcement
In this excerpt from my time-travel short story, Mason gets some advice from a famous painter.Mason spent the night under Botticelli’s roof, along with the apprentices and under-artists who lived there. He lay awake through the few hours left before dawn, casting about between the wonder of where and when he was, and the heart-bursting… Continue reading Tuesday Critique: Botticelli’s Story
Have you ever heard the expression "jump the shark"? It's a term from television, stemming from the moment when the show "Happy Days" passed its peak. Now people use it to describe that tipping point of any TV show. I'd like to suggest we writers can jump the shark, too.It's all about keeping tension in… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: 3 Rules for Keeping Tension Alive