Archive for March, 2012

Getting published – query letters

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

An effective query letter is an important second step to having your book published (the first step is writing a fantastic novel of course). (more…)

The Brutal Synopsis…

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

I just finished writing the outline for my next mystery — Hair Trigger, which will be the first book in a new series.

My first two mysteries — Dark Sunset and Bloody Sunset — are set in a small town of Sunset, Michigan.  For Hair Trigger I thought I might give Sunset a rest and go in a different direction. (more…)

A Storybook beginning…

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

storybookpro.jpgAs a writer I have never had a problem generating ideas.  My biggest issue has been organizing them.  Over the years I filled numerous notebooks and scraps of paper with thoughts and concepts.  Most were titled ‘What If’.  However, few of them ever seemed to make it into a finished narrative.   A huge percentage ended up tucked in drawers or filing cabinets stagnating and forgotten. (more…)

World Fantasy Convention 2012

Monday, March 5th, 2012


For all those of you who are specifically interested in reading and writing fantasy fiction (the darker type) the annual World Fantasy Convention is being held right here in Toronto at the beginning of November. (more…)

Sparkplug 2.0 – back from the dead

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

You may have noticed that I haven’t been keeping the blog up to date lately.  Thanks to Ted Rushton for helping to fill the gaps.

I have decided to re-up the site and take it in a new direction. (more…)