SHADOWLAND: A Sequel in Progress (Book Update)
VOLUME 2 in The Shadowland Saga. The sequel to my acclaimed, award-winning debut novel: The Cat's Maw. Whispers from beyond the veil have been a long time coming...and you're just gonna have to wait a little longer. Is it out of fear? Procrastination? Laziness? Writer's block? Perfectionism? Typical 'life' distractions gumming up the gears? All of the above, I reckon. But there's an unexpected reason it's taken so long to muster the confidence to dive back into this epic story.
BRANCHING NARRATIVE: Choose Your Adventure!
Whether crafting linear or branching narratives, the end goal remains the same — Emotional Engagement. I've been thinking about this a LOT lately. And that's only natural when app and game and media folks keep wanting to bend your ear and chat 'choose your own adventure stuff'. Something, my friends, is in the air...
FABLES: DEFINING A GENRE
The fine folks at WATTPAD — the Canadian-made 'social storytelling' network where fledgling writers and established authors can share story excerpts and complete works with a hungry (and massive) through a slick and simple interface — recently got in touch with an intriguing request...
INTERVIEW w/ VOYA MAGAZINE
When VOYA Magazine — the Voice of Youth Arts publication that serves schools and libraries throughout North America — awarded my debut novel with a Top Shelf honour, I was over the proverbial moon. I've been pinging back and forth with the editors since, and we finally connected for this fun (and surprisingly revealing!) interview...
WRITING Q&A: 'World's Best Story'
Last year, I was a judge for the World's Best Story competition. My mission, since I chose to accept it, was to review a slew of early drafts from aspiring writers, and assign weighted scores to various aspects of their work. The founder chose to interview me right in the thick of a prolonged strength of sticky creative subjectivity...
Of (Book) Covers and Cleverness
Transformation and evolution are inherently INTERNAL processes. This makes them feel mysterious, invisible, and unquantifiable. But as soon as those first sparks of metamorphosis start to fly—and whether you're conscious of it or not—the Change spills OUTSIDE. Touching everything. Especially the things you create...
THE CAT'S MAW
My prose fiction debut 'for brave young readers and cat lovers of all ages' was released during the 2014 holiday season to a flood of reader raves and critical acclaim. I was especially pleased when random folks described the story and style as 'Narnia meets Stephen King...with CATS!'
AUTHOR INTERVIEW w/BLOGS of a BLONDE BOOKIE!
Thought I'd share a snippet from a recent interview with a cool book blogger that just got posted. We cover LOTS of ground ( yeah, I'm not just pimping this time :P ), so be sure to click through to the full meal deal at the bottom of this post!
A (BITTERSWEET) YEAR IN REVIEW...
'I am writing this 30 minutes after finding him. After racing into town, hoping to outrun the tears and grief and rage. Just now, thunder split the skies wide open...and the rains are threatening to flood.
A SILVER MEDAL = The Perfect Stocking Stuffer =)
Got a lovely surprise in the post today -- a silver medal for my debut from the 2015 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards!!!