My children's picture book, The Moody Bee, just won the General Market Fiction award from the Word Guild! In case you haven't had a chance to read the book yet (it's fun, it rhymes, and kids love it), here's a sneak peak at some of the artwork.
As you can probably see from the redesigned home page of this website, the second issue of Meth: The Immortal has just been released. You can buy the Kindle version on this website and pre-order the hard copy here. It's also available on Amazon all over the world. Meanwhile, I'm already working on the script for issue 3.
A quote from one of them:
I wish this would have been a book my teachers read to us in grade school. My grade 6 teacher always brought in cool books like this, that opened your imagination to a whole new world!
You can read more reviews here. Better yet, add one of your own!
I've been so busy working on my own writing projects and touring across Western Canada over the past couple of years that I've hardly had time to think about working in film. However, I just signed a contract to write, produce, direct, and edit a new feature-length documentary. I will announce the title, subject matter, and release date at a later time. However, shooting will begin this summer. Exciting!
When I teach creative writing, I often say my characters have better ideas than I do. There's a lot of truth to that notion. In fact, I just proved that to myself today while writing a chapter for The Water War (book three of the Milligan Creek series, due out this fall). I had no idea this morning that I was going to "kill" one of my major characters, but as the scene I had started yesterday unfolded during my writing session, one thing led to another, and suddenly, the Water War claimed its first casualty. The great thing about letting your characters lead the way like this is that if you, the writer, don't see such events coming, there's a good chance your readers won't either, because you won't have subconsciously planted any hints along the way. Something to remember in your own writing endeavours.
Issue 2 coming out later this spring. Signed copies of issue 1 still available here. Also available on Amazon and Comixology.
After a few fits and starts due to my extensive travel and work schedule as well as the release of Meth: The Immortal, I'm finally back to writing The Water War, book three of the Milligan Creek series. I'm still aiming for an August release, so my goal is to write at least 1,000 words a day over the next few weeks and finish the first draft by the end of May. I have the entire story outlined, and I just knocked out chapter five today, so I think I'll have no problem hitting that target.
Meanwhile, I'm still debating which story will form the basis of book four. I have an idea for a story I'm calling The Great Grain Elevator Incident, but I'm also toying with an idea that revolves around the local movie theater. Either way, both stories will find their way into the series eventually. I've also been developing a story that takes place on Halloween and one that happens in winter. Stay tuned!
It doesn't sound like she was the biggest fan of Up the Creek, but at least she gave me a second chance. A brief excerpt from her review:
The impressively authentic depiction of male friendship previously introduced in the original novel continues to impress in the sequel. Author Kevin Miller has a true knack for accurately representing the intricate balance of adolescence friendship: genuine care with a dose of well intended teasing.
You can read the full review here.
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