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Hold Fast: To Lose Everything

In this latest sneak peek from my work in progress, an historical fiction based on the life of Ann MacLean, she has just given birth to her second son while fleeing as a Loyalist refugee from the American Revolution.  Please let me know what you think in the comments below. The babe stayed close to… Continue reading Hold Fast: To Lose Everything

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Excerpts

Everdream: Mechanics of a Dream

In this sneak peek of my YA novel Everdream, Kynan learns a little more about the mechanics of the dream world.  As always, I'd love to hear what you think in the comments. They made camp in a shallow cave under a massive overhanging boulder.  It was warm enough in Everdream, he'd noticed, never to need… Continue reading Everdream: Mechanics of a Dream

Facts

The Talisman

In my upcoming YA Fantasy novel, accessing the magical realm of Everdream isn't as simple as falling asleep.  There's a bit of magic involved—a set of magic words...and a talisman. The talisman is personal to the Dreamer.  It must be something that has deep significance to the bearer, and is best something small and portable.… Continue reading The Talisman

Facts

The Wicked Man

In doing the research for my work in progress, Hold Fast, I've come across some very interesting facts.  Not least of these facts is the Scottish laird with the nickname "The Wicked Man". You see, when I got Ann MacLean's story, all I knew was that she was the granddaughter of a Scottish laird who… Continue reading The Wicked Man

People

The Mysterious Grigor

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… Continue reading The Mysterious Grigor

Connections

Uncovering the Stories of the Past

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… Continue reading Uncovering the Stories of the Past

Connections

An Otherworld

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… Continue reading An Otherworld

People

Josiah Cass, Loyalist

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. As the founder of a prolific… Continue reading Josiah Cass, Loyalist

Places

The Kingdom of Tyernas

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. Tyernas is a fictional medieval kingdom.  It is ruled by a hereditary king—Kedrych,… Continue reading The Kingdom of Tyernas