How to Make Your Reader Throw Your Book Across the Room

I think it’s safe to generalize here and say that every writer wants their reader to be drawn into, and stay in, the story they’ve written. We study the craft, whether by reading other writers’ work or taking courses or both, and we invest buckets of sweat into our...

Today’s Review: The Novel Writing Intensive

 Eleven other writers and I participated in the Novel Writing Intensive on Whidbey Island in mid-October. This three and a half day retreat combines seminars, focused critiques and one-on-one consultations. The seminars and critiques were led by well-known authors...

Welcome to my waystation on the blog hop

In the summer of 2014 Kristina Stanley, a fellow finalist for the Crime Writers of Canada’s Unhanged Arthur award, added me to the writers who are participating in a fun blog hop. In this version of the hop, we answer four questions about our writing. So here goes:...

Today’s Review: The Last of the Blacksmiths, by Claire Gebben

The Last of the Blacksmiths is a historical novel, inspired by a story of one of the author’s ancestors. It transports you to 19th century Germany and America, as you follow Michael Harm, a farmer’s son who is cursed, or blessed, with wanderlust, and longs for more...

Today’s Review: The Art of Character, by David Corbett

Like most writers, I have several books in my bookshelves on craft. In truth, more than several books – at last count the number was north of fifty. David Corbett’s recent book, The Art of Character, is hanging out, not on the shelves with the others, but on my desk,...