I've made a couple of forays into Manitoba this year as part of my multi-leg book tour for The Water War. While in Portage La Prairie, the local radio station came down to do a brief story, which you can see here.
For the past three years, I've brought out a Milligan Creek Series novel in the fall. This year is no different, though I must admit that, until this week, I was a bit further behind in my writing than I was on previous books. However, now that I actually have a bit of free time in my schedule, I'm using it to knock out a few chapters. I'm well into chapter three right now, and my goal is to have at least five chapters complete before I head out on tour again in mid-March, which will put me back on track. It feels great to be back in the saddle again, especially considering I wrote my initial outline for the book back in October. In keeping with its title, this story is going to be epic, and I can't wait to share it with you. Meanwhile, I'm also hard at work plotting book five, which is going to take place in winter and send things in an entirely different direction. More news on that book in the months to come.
I'm not sure why it took me so long to do this (the books have been available on Kindle for a while), but books 1-3 in the Milligan Creek Series are now available as ebooks in the Kobo store. And the price is right! Check it out here.
I just returned from a two-week book tour of Saskatchewan, so I'm finally getting back up to speed. Lots of things on the go, including finishing up a new feature-length documentary, preparing another one, and writing book four of the Milligan Creek Series, The Great Grain Elevator Incident. However, in between all the work and travel, the pages of issue 3 of Meth: The Immortal are trickling out. Hoping to release it by March, which is later than planned, but at least it's on its way. Incidentally, I was also delayed by a couple of story and character breakthroughs that caused me to pause and do a lot of reimagining of my overall story and world, which continues to evolve in new and exciting ways in my mind. At any rate, here's a quick thumbnail progress shot from p. 15 of the new issue just to prove it's actually happening!
It was a lot of fun, especially the chance to connect by phone with Rick and Glenn Larson, the two guys who inspired the original idea for the book. Have listen here.
It's taken a lot longer than expected due to the film I'm working on right now as well the release of The Water War, my busy tour schedule, my work on book four in the Milligan Creek Series (The Great Grain Elevator Incident), and myriad other obligations and responsibilities. (It is ski season, you know.) At any rate, Kierston is hard at work on the artwork for issue three, which will be out in the first quarter of this year. Below is a sneak peak of a thumbnail sketch of a panel from p. 12. Expect adventure and mayhem on the high seas as well as a visit to my old stomping grounds, Mombasa, Kenya, where the mystery surrounding Meth's origin deepens far beyond anything he--or I, for that matter--ever suspected.
I'm going to be doing an interview on the morning show at 7:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, in relation to The Water War. The person interviewing me is actually the sister of two of the guys whose antics back in the 1980s helped inspire the book. So, tune in to 540 AM to see what unfolds!
That's right, folks, at least according to the YouTube channel I Love Comics. And with over 10,000 subscribers, how could he be wrong? Check out the video below, where he gives Meth a rave. A fantastic surprise to stumble across this morning.
Wow, what a great surprise to find another five-star review of The Water War on Goodreads. And this one's a doozy! Here's an excerpt:
I think this is a great quality series (from a Canadian author!) that should be read to all children! Put this book in school libraries, use it for reading buddies, use it for library events and spread the word around! There are few books out there that have so much fun packed into one little book AND have a great theme.
Read the full review here.
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