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What A Difference A Decade Makes

I’ve come to terms with the fact that, when developing a series, not every idea will necessarily fit. Trying to create a plot that accommodates everything is usually a recipe for disaster –– you need to have discipline, understand the story you’re trying to tell, and then trim away some of the distractions… without gutting […]

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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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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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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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Little Green Book

One of my more closely-guarded possessions is a little green notebook. Alas, this is not an archive of the phone numbers I’ve collected from ladies over the years. Indeed, considering how much of my time this book has taken up, it’s probably one of the reasons I’m single (along with being terribly aloof). Inside the […]

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Sound Check – The Expedition

When Jacqui Tam was teaching me to write (my failings as a writer are my fault, not hers), one thing I learned was the value of music to the drafting process. I’ll elaborate more on that in future, but suffice to say I’ve had some sort of soundtrack for every book I’ve worked on. Lately […]

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A Real Privilege

This year, the Iceberg team gave me a wonderful present: a coffee table book loaded with photos from our Tenth Anniversary Gala. It’s been a fantastic Christmas, but this may be the present I cherish the most. Writing –– storytelling –– is not some ‘gift’ that an author shares with the masses. In past, when […]

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Evil Genius In December

It was December 2003. The Human Equation had been released that October, and we’d done our first round of media and book tours. Everything was new and exciting, but the pressure was high to release the rest of the Equations series on schedule. By that time, the first four books were already drafted, but the […]

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The Real Sackville

Defense Command readers will recognize DCNS Sackville. Skippered by Commander Katya Romanov through the Martian War, the corvette made a real difference –– despite being older and less advanced than the rest of the ships of the Belt Squadron. As Ken Barron wrote in The Mercury Assault: “And, somehow appropriately, our daring corvette Sackville lost […]

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Location Scout – Green Gardens

The opening scene from Whitecoat sees soon-to-be Lady Alex Smith swimming around the island of Newfoundland. She ends up floating under a cliff, contemplating her future… and possibly misinterpreting a seagull’s intentions (she is, by her own estimation, somewhat awkward). Though the book doesn’t specify where around Newfoundland this takes place, the inspiration was a […]

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Firebox release date

It’s official: the first installment of the Champions of 1941, Firebox, will be released exclusively as an ebook on Tuesday, January 29, 2013. An excerpt from the novella will go online early in January; here’s the teaser from the back of the book: When confronting a rogue Champion, an ordinary soldier’s best hope of survival […]

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The Shipbuilder

One of the greatest creative collaborations I’ve enjoyed over the past ten years has been with fellow Iceberg writer Wesley Prewer. If you’ve seen the Defense Command or Equations books, you’ll recognize his work… if you’ve read Seas of Sand, you’ll know it too. But Wes’s contributions don’t stop with cover images, or even written […]

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