It's been over a year in the making, so it's great to be finally just a couple of weeks away from releasing the first issue. I originally conceived this as a long-form graphic novel, but seeing as it's self-funded, I'm going to release it in instalments and then (hopefully) use the proceeds from each issue to fund the next. The first issue is 32 pages of fun, including 25 pages of story and 7 pages of bonus material.
What's the pitch? Methuselah, Meth for short, is a pig who accidentally gained immortality--and a whole lot more--back at the beginning of time, and he's been trying to figure out what to do with his special abilities ever since. All that is about to change.
I'll be releasing it digitally and in print. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Stay tuned!
I spent so long working in film that I'm still learning how to be an author. That means I'm a bit late to the party on Goodreads, but I've just spent a bit of time creating my profile there. Have a look here, and if you get a chance, please rate/review my books. Thanks!
If you've had a chance to read any of my books, I would dearly appreciate a quick review on Amazon, Goodreads, or wherever else you choose to post one. Authors depend on reviews to help draw attention to their work. The more reviews a book has, the higher it ranks in Amazon's recommend algorithms, for example. So if you have a couple of minutes over the holidays, I would really appreciate it!
Just drove from Kimberley, BC, to Swift Current, SK, to kick off the second leg of the Unlimited book tour. I spent some of that time in the car thinking through a few final story points for book three in the Milligan Creek Series, The Water War. I was so inspired that, after grabbing a quick bite for supper, I sat down in my hotel room and banged out the first chapter. Excited to finally break the ice on this book. It's gonna be great! Meanwhile, over the next seven days, I'll be making my way through Saskatchewan and Alberta, doing writing workshops at various schools and also at the Young Authors' Conference in Edmonton this Saturday. See my other tour stops and contact me to book a writing workshop here.
This fall, things are really heating up in terms of writing workshops across Western Canada. I'm excited to be visiting so many places across Saskatchewan, Alberta, and BC. See my events page for more details and to book a workshop at your school or conference. But first, a quick trip Down Under to teach a one-week screenwriting class in Brisbane.
Meanwhile, work on The Water War, book three in the Milligan Creek series, is progressing nicely. I'm also laying the groundwork for another stand-alone novel, The Judges, which I'm adapting from my own screenplay of the same name. It's about three friends who accidentally resurrect the most terrifying outlaws ever to to menace the Old West. Stay tuned for more details on these and other books!
Today I have been doing some preliminary plotting for The Water War, the next instalment in the Milligan Creek series, and I have just settled on my antagonist, whose name came to me courtesy of my nine-year-old daughter, Lark. I won't share her name yet, but it's a lot of fun to say and unlike any name you've heard before.
The problem is, once again, my antagonist is a woman--in this case, a teenage girl. That's two books in a row. (In Unlimited, the antagonist is Henrietta Blunt.) Is that a problem? Am I secretly at odds with the female half of our species? I don't think so, and I certainly hope not, but I guess we'll just have to wait and see how this book turns out!
Things are really heating up on the Unlimited book tour. So far, I am booked to do writing workshops in 13 schools across Saskatchewan and Alberta this fall, including the Young Authors' Conference in Edmonton on Nov. 4. I also have a couple of schools booked for the spring with more waiting in the wings. See the events page for more details. It's exciting to see all the interest, and I can't wait to get out there and get kids reading this book! If you'd like to book me to do a writing workshop at your school or event, just let me know. Go here to see some of the workshops I offer.
What is the Canadian Children's Book Centre, you ask? It's a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging, promoting and supporting the reading, writing, illustrating, and publishing of Canadian books for young readers. You don't have to be a writer or illustrator to join; just someone who loves children's books and wants to promote reading. If you do become a member, you'll get the nifty publications pictured below. You can check out my profile and the workshops I offer here.
Our local newspaper, the Kimberley Bulletin, was kind enough to do a story on me and my recent books. You can read it here.