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

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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

Excerpts

Hold Fast: Life and Loss

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. Ann gripped the hands of two strangers and groaned, pushing with all of… Continue reading Hold Fast: Life and Loss

Excerpts

Everdream: Dreamlight

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.   Kynan had thought the darkness absolute.  But then Grigor reached behind him and shut the door, locking it with a loud and… Continue reading Everdream: Dreamlight

Places

Glengarry, my Home

  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.… Continue reading Glengarry, my Home