I was writing a scene around Paul Manziuk, my police officer in Shaded Light, and suddenly he decided to swear. I told him he couldn’t. I don’t swear myself. Why would I swear when writing? He said he wasn’t me. True. He said that he was hot, tired, and frustrated, and he really needed to say one mild swear word. I agreed that under those circumstances I might feel the same way. Paul said, “So?” I reminded him that I’m a Christian; although I think the real reason I don’t swear is that I find the words offensive. Paul reminded [ Read more...]
It’s available for Kindle on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com and also as an e-Pub for Kobo or other readers. Above everything else, this is a book of hope. And our goal is to get it into the hands of everyone who needs hope. We’d love for you to check it out and tell your friends. What we need in the next few days is lots of sales, lots of “likes,” and lots of reviews of the book. This will help people who aren’t aware of it find the book. This book has sold more than 10,000 print copies, and has another [ Read more...]
So pleased that our anthology, A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider, edited by Wendy E. Nelles and me, and featuring 37 Canadian writers, has won the 2012 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award in the Gift Book category. All award winners are listed on the Christian Small Publishers Association’s (CSPA) website at www.christianpublishers.net and www.christianbookaward.com, in the CSPA Product Catalog for 2012, and in press releases to Christian media this week. Congratulations, everyone!
Although my choice of reading material is normally mysteries, I’ve been reading books on writing memoir and memoirs lately, trying to get a feel for what is acceptable or perhaps desirable. Just finished Who Do You Think You Are? by Alyse Myers. A difficult story of a young girl growing up in a dysfunctional, somewhat abusive home. The greatest strength of the book is the author’s ability to show the complicated nature of perception, and how despite lacking adequate information to make accurate judgments, children are a product of their environment as well as their genes. Before that, I read [ Read more...]