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Dreaming Up and Writing Down

Now that I’ve finished my magnum opus, many people have asked me what I’ll do next. The short answer is “write book two.” In fact, I’ve already started plotting it. But what happens to book one? As I write, Crossing the Rubicon is safely in the hands of my beta […]

February 14, 2014

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Why Prologues and Adverbs Get a Bum Rap

The prologue, like the humble adverb, is a despised thing among writers so I’ve learned.  So much so that, if you can believe the rhetoric, a manuscript of 90,000 words daring to contain one adverb is in danger of being denounced as rubbish and cast aside by agents – its […]

February 25, 2013

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And I’m off to the Frith!

On Monday (October 22) I’ll be on my way to Kilmory Resort in Swift Current, Newfoundland to attend the Piper’s Frith Writer’s Workshop. You may have noticed that I haven’t been blogging much lately – well, it’s because I’ve been preparing for this workshop.  I’ve never been to anything like this […]

October 20, 2012

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Interview with Author Lesleyanne Ryan: A Lesson in Persistence

This month Braco, the award-winning debut novel from Lesleyanne Ryan, will be released. As a former UN peacekeeper, Lesleyanne served in Visoko, Bosnia in 1993/94.  There she helped a friend send food to a young boy in Srebrenica.  When the Canadian military pulled out of Srebrenica in March 1994, he […]

October 5, 2012

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Interview with Author Linda Abbott

Last month, author Linda Abbott, published her first novel entitled The Loss of the Marion.  Newfoundlanders among you may already be aware of the story, either from local folklore or the song by Simani recorded back in the ‘80s.  For those who aren’t familiar, the Marion was a banking schooner […]

September 14, 2012

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Ian McEwan: Advice to Aspiring Authors

Well now … I’m curious to hear what my fellow writers have to say about Ian McEwan’s advice to aspiring authors.  He says: to write well, one must read, and one must set aside time for writing (creative writing courses can be useful). No controversy so far … but, he also […]

August 13, 2012

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