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November 29, 2017

This week’s author, John K Sutherland is part of the group of writers I meet with at a local coffee shop. John says this about himself:

“First, my good points: I do not easily tolerate fools, but I am one myself when it comes to certain things. I am biased, arrogant, ag...

September 21, 2017

Thank you Chuck for inviting me to your blog.

When offered the opportunity to share my thoughts on any topic about writing I remembered a creative writing course I took many years ago. I’ve always wanted to write stories. Back then I expected the course would be the cat...

September 5, 2016

Today I'm travelling across the pond to grab some words of re-writing wisdom from my buddy Sara Jayne Townsend. Prepare to be elucidated!


“The first draft of anything is shit” – Ernest Hemingway

WHEN HOLLYWOOD portrays anyone writing anything,...

September 5, 2016

Today I'm featuring an excerpt from my friend Matthew Peters. I've included a passage from his thriller The Brothers' Keepers. Religion, History, Thrills, Suspense, Excellent Writing; this one has it all.

Chapter Six

    “Okay, you can take it off now,” Jessica told him....

March 21, 2016

The Neighbor

By Janie Franz


Gwen Mason juggles her workload as a grad school student and her new life as a newlywed. Her neighbor Carol Shaeffer provides pleasant company at first. But when the visits become intrusive, Gwen wonders if she’ll ever be free of this woman.


March 6, 2016

This breakup line has been the subject of many movie and television chats between lovers. You (or she) are trying to be kind, even as you deliver the not-so-great news that things have changed, and not for the better. This kind of change, in most cases, spells the begi...

January 18, 2016

When I was younger, I wanted to be a writer, but wasn't sure ordinary people could actually achieve that. I mean, wasn't this the purvue of the supremely gifted literati? How could there possibly be room for a small town Canadian?



Years later, I got an agent, got a pu...

October 6, 2015


Gentle Readers, I was brought up in a family that didn’t understand me. They wanted to feed me vegetables. They made me eat fish (on Fridays). It got so bad, at one point I despaired of ever securing a steady diet of food that was bad for me. All I got was home cookin...

September 20, 2015

I’ll be a featured reader at the upcoming @FogLitFestival in Saint John in a couple of weeks. This gig got me thinking about the protagonist in my suspense-thriller series Donovan: Thief For Hire. My guy Donovan is a contract thief. He travels around the world, stealin...

September 20, 2015

Gentle Readers, it was with great pleasure I found myself among the featured authors for the upcoming FogLit Literary Festival in Saint John, New Brunswick. Part of the fun of such events is, of course, being given the opportunity to talk about my writing, and writing...

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