The Secret Power of Setting

The Secret Power of Setting

(Painting by Caspar David Friedrich) The Secret Power of Setting Want to know a secret? I’ll tell you two. They’re both techniques about writing a story’s settings. Its locations. The first technique you may already be using. If so, bravo! The second, however, is not...
Breaking News! New Novel: “The Deadly Trade”

Breaking News! New Novel: “The Deadly Trade”

Breaking News! I’m delighted to announce that I’ve just signed the contract with my publisher for my new novel, The Deadly Trade, the first book in a series of murder mysteries featuring animal rights activist Natalie “Nat” Sinclair and her team of volunteers as they...
It’s All Storytelling

It’s All Storytelling

We’ve all binge-watched TV series during this pandemic, haven’t we? It’s been a boon, soothing strained nerves. I imagine it’s made Netflix very rich. An interesting result of all that viewing is that it’s sharpened writers’ awareness of what makes a strong narrative...
5 Signs You’re a Writer

5 Signs You’re a Writer

My stupidity with numbers is kind of embarrassing. Seriously, I still stumble over grade-school multiplication tables. I have to stare at a clock face for several seconds before I can read the time. Algebra? Calculus? Unfathomable. Numbers, to me, are silent...
My One-Eyed Hero

My One-Eyed Hero

Readers love book series. No wonder. We get to know the continuing characters so well, we’re eager to find out what happens to them in the next book. For the author, though, the terrain of a series can be a minefield. My Thornleigh Saga is a series of seven historical...