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Amazon/Penguin Contest, Literary agents


At 12:01 am, January 24th, the Amazon, Penguin Breakthrough Novel Contest opened. At 12:01.5, I began to enter all my documents for The Drawing Lesson,–the Description, the Pitch, the first 5000 words and then the manuscript itself. I pictured the … Continue reading

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Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover


Who would agree with that statement today? With all the emphasis on design and the importance of visual imagery, it seems very unlikely that, as purchasers of books, we aren’t going to be attracted or repelled, impressed or unimpressed with … Continue reading

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Music as Inspiration…


I wish I knew far more about music than I do. I love to listen, but cannot play. I love to hear all kinds, but like everyone, I have my favourites. Music speaks directly to the soul without the need … Continue reading

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Where do characters come from?


I’ve been talking about The Drawing Lesson, but I’m now thinking back to my very first novel, Conduct in Question, the first in The Osgoode Trilogy, where I worked hard to produce my very first evil character. Have you ever … Continue reading

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A Chat with Edward Nawotka of Publishing Perspectives…


Feeling lost and confused? Swamped by the tidal waves of change in the writing and publishing world? Me too. And so, I decided to look for some answers. Today, I had the great pleasure of speaking with Edward Nawotka, the … Continue reading

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Description in Writing: What Details Do You Prefer?


I really only have one rule when it comes to settings in novels. Don’t write [at least not extensively] about a place you have not been. The reasons are obvious. To create, for the reader, a sense or a “feel” … Continue reading

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Place, Space, Character and Venice…


In writing novels, I used to puzzle over the dictum that setting should be a character in your story. How can a place be a character? Perhaps they mean the setting can establish the mood or say something about your … Continue reading

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