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Sep. 25th, 2013

Christmas

Voices that need to be heard.

It's realities like this that inspired me to write Adra's character.  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-18/sold-for-sex-at-puberty-village-girls-fate-in-wealthier-india.html

Jul. 14th, 2013

Christmas

More A-Gang Awesome!

If you like science fiction then I highly recommend the July issue of Stupefying Stories.  My gifted writing buddy, Russ Colson, aka russcolson, has one of his favorites published in this one, "All the Beautiful Lights of Heaven", a short that became a finalist in the very competitive Writers of the Future Contest!

Stupefying Stories

For your very own Kindle copy visit Stupefying StoriesCollapse ) to find the Amazon link for your country.

Happy Reading!!
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Jun. 24th, 2013

Christmas

Hey! My Dad Too!

Although it wasn't usual at the time, when I was young my dad took me hunting (we never killed anything), worked on the car with me and let me create at his elbow in his wood shop.  He encouraged me to try whatever I wanted, no matter how different, and to work hard at whatever I loved, no matter how difficult.  He made a dyslexic kid believe she could tell stories people would want to read.  My mom read to me, and I know that helped give me my love of story, but my dad loved my stories, my foolish made up worlds and words.  That, indeed, gave me the power of the infinite.

Father"s Day 2013

May. 31st, 2013

Christmas

This makes me very happy.


I write like
Neil Gaiman

I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!




Thanks for the link barry_king!
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May. 18th, 2013

Christmas

More Exciting News!

Another brilliant writer in my writing group, Maaja Wentz, the cerealboxreader, has a short story and a poem being published!  Her short story "Wild Caving" can be found in the Amprosia anthology being released May 23--(pause for cheering) Woo Hoo!!--which can be purchased hereAMPROSIACollapse ).  Her poem "Fallow God" will be published in The Urban Green Man anthology.  Charles De Lint gives the introduction, and look at this amazing cover!

urban greenman cover

You can purchase The Urban Green Man anthology hereEDGE WebsiteCollapse ).  More cheering!!!

A very big CONGRATULATIONS to Maaja!  Wish I could be there to see her first reading.
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May. 14th, 2013

Christmas

Happy Mother's Day!

Okay.  So this is a little late, but I've never really been a stickler for celebration dates (I'll eat cake anytime!), and these are some darn fine mothers, in my opinion, who really deserve celebrating.

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May. 3rd, 2013

Christmas

Bound No More.

A very big CONGRATULATIONS to my wonderful, talented friend barry_king on the publication of his short story "Bookbound"!  I had the great pleasure of reading this one in its early incarnations and knew it had a soul that couldn't be contained.  So glad it's now out in the world, Burgherman!  If you'd like to read it too, copies can be purchased hereAndromeda SpacewaysCollapse ).
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May. 1st, 2013

Christmas

Revision

Some handy revision tips from a few wonderful authors.

http://leaguewriters.blogspot.ca/
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Jan. 26th, 2013

Christmas

Yes, indeed.

Jan. 2nd, 2013

Christmas

The Next Big Thing

My very good friend, the extraordinary Barry King, has invited me to be a part of The Next Big Thing game/writing promotion/chain letter....  Barry had been tagged by Sherwood Smith http://sartorias.livejournal.com/ who had been tagged by Tom Simon, http://superversive.livejournal.com/, and so forth back into the mists of blogging.  I was giddy to be at the fringe of this company and all I had to do was agree to be tagged in Barry’s blog, http://barry-king.livejournal.com/, answer a set of 10 questions and tag 5 other writers to answer the questions for the following week.

Easy enough.  How could I refuse?

Except, I've never really used this journal other than to post links to keep it from being deleted from inactivity. I don't blog, facebook or tweet. So, it's a bit of a leap into the deep end for me.  But, as I've always been a leaper (and I've had the concussions to prove it), here goes:

My next big thing!



What is the working title of your next book?

The Isle of Waiting


Where did the idea come from for the book?

A prism hanging in the window by my desk caught the afternoon sun and cast a rainbow across the body of my golden German shepherd, Keltie.  I said, “Princess!  You’re a rainbow catcher!” and as I'd adopted Keltie at the age of 7 from a life in a kennel, I started imagining a story where a fairy tale princess might inherit a power to save herself from the metaphorical tower--a power that made her body like a crystal capable of the transduction of energy.


What genre does your book fall under?

The Isle of Waiting is definitely high fantasy.


What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?

I’ve never imagined actors playing the characters in my work, although I've hiked lots of amazing locations on Cape Breton Island where I imagined scenes could be set.


What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Born heir to a cruel, intolerant society, gentle seventeen-year-old Princess Anie begins a journey with her two brothers and best friend that will shape her into the hero of her world; a quest where she must find the courage to bring down an empire--or see her world destroyed.


Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I would love to see The Isle of Waiting picked up by an agent.


How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

It took about three months to draft the original version, but it's had many revisions over the years.


What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I would definitely compare it to SERAPHINA as another high fantasy with a girl struggling with self-acceptance.  But it has similarities to CINDER and UNDER THE NEVER SKY as well, with Cinder’s outcast status similar to Anie’s, and the romantic tension between Aria and Perry similar to the friction between Anie and Miteran.


Who or what inspired you to write this book?

My inspiration to keep at this story comes from all the women I’ve met who were abused as little girls.  They break my heart and enlighten me.  I wanted to try to capture their quiet determination, but at the same time to evolve my protagonist from a girl who would unquestioningly sacrifice herself for those she loved, to a warrior who would fight for them instead.  And so I took a baroque fairy-tale princess and sent her off on a hero’s journey that will turn her into a rebel leader and the savior of her world.


What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?

There’s lots of adventure (I do love adventure), family drama and political intrigue, but I hope there are a few surprise chuckles in there for readers as well (I love to laugh more than anything).


For more detail, please visit my website http://www.therainbowcatcher.com/

Thanks very much to Barry for inviting me to play along and for getting my map prepped for the website.

Now it’s my turn to invite some amazing writers.  I have three links to share with you.  I’d love for you to discover Erick Melton’s fantastic works (I’m curious to see which piece he chooses to highlight) at http://bifrosttrumpet.blogspot.ca/;
Kathleen Kelly’s inspirational middle grade, surfing adventure at http://playwithkktoday.livejournal.com/; and Kevin Miller’s very intriguing new science fiction at http://kindusurper.blogspot.ca/.
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