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Writing to Music

Earlier this week I talked about writing as a tactile experience –– about how switching from keyboard to pen and paper can, among other things, help the words flow. It can also be an experience that is enhanced by sound… more specifically music. I wrote Standing Tall: A Daughter’s Gift while listening to tracks from […]

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Races And Empire

Ahead of the release of Firebox, I think it’s wise for me to revive a discussion that I first began in the historical notes of The Frontier. As we grappled with questions of race in that book, I felt it important to set my own context when it came to ethnic ‘authenticity’… and indeed, to […]

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Putting Pen to Paper

Writing isn’t generally thought to be a tactile experience, but there is a tactile element –– whether it’s the touch of your fingers on a keyboard or the feel of your pen moving across the page –– and over the years, I’ve found that switching from the keyboard to pen and paper can help the […]

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Firebox Excerpt Online

With just over three weeks to go until the release of Firebox, the first installment of the Champions of 1941, an excerpt from the novella is now online. Visit the Firebox page to learn how this tactic for containing a rogue Champion got its name, and to see Alex, Stephanie and Strong attempt to teach […]

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Alzheimer Awareness Month – See the Person

January is Alzheimer Awareness Month in Canada, and the Alzheimer Society has just launched a new campaign: “See me, not my disease. Let’s talk about dementia.” According to the Society’s website, the goals of the campaign include increasing knowledge about Alzheimer’s, decreasing the stigma associated with it, and helping people remember to see the person […]

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National Post: Rise of the Independent Publishers

In yesterday’s National Post, Barbara Kay wrote on the future of publishing, and spoke with Kenneth Tam about Iceberg and Champions. Here’s a peek: “Tam’s decade-long pioneering experience in this new, no-rules publishing world shows that small presses can invent themselves as they evolve. Iceberg just launched a new series, The Champions, which will release […]

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Two Female Leads?

I was recently asked why the lead characters in Champions are “Alex and Stephanie”. I misinterpreted the question with my first response; the person actually wanted to know why the series has two female leads. Still, my first answer stands, even if it might make me sound insane… Lady Alex Smith and Second Lieutenant Stephanie […]

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