Snippets of an Author’s Life: Post 14
This is the final post of the summer 2016 blog series Snippets of an Author’s Life. Many thanks to my regular subscribers and to new followers for checking in on this blog.
In a year of new beginnings, I have been grateful for the opportunity to be back in the writing saddle–to contribute regularly to a blog and move forward with a number of book projects and other writing-related endeavours. I am pleased with what I accomplished over the last couple of months:
1. Beyond the Precipice Second Edition, has been preparing all summer for a release later this fall (2016) by Dream Write Publishing, a local publisher. I will be posting events and news as specific details become available. What’s new?
Death stole his childhood.
The fallout claimed his innocence.
The memories imprisoned his soul.
But time is running out. Can Bret conquer the enemy within?
2. My series of author interviews became a huge success. I had so much fun doing these and learned a great deal about the authors, who live in Texas, Pennsylvania, Washington (USA), and Alberta (Canada). There will be more to come, including an interview on education with teacher, educator, and author Janet Lee Hamilton, whose insights are supported by 36 years of experience.
3. I was honoured to be interviewed by Jess Steven Hughes, a knowledgeable man whose background and hobbies are as fascinating as his novels. He is the author of the historical fiction novels The Sign of the Eagle (“a breathtaking historical novel of action and suspense set in the year 71 A.D. amid the exotic and vibrant streets of ancient Rome”), The Wolf of Britannia Vol. I (“Celts at the dusk of Roman rule … this book is a breath of fresh air”), and The Wolf of Britannia Vol. II (“you will be transported into the mind of a great Celtic warrior, Caratacus, as he fights for freedom against the whole of Rome”).
4. I was asked to partake in an interview created by Bart van Ouwerkerk (Network Holland), co-founder and developer of Angie’s Diary E-magazine (Amsterdam).
- What do you aim to evoke in the readers of your books?
- What turns a good story into a great one?
- How do you balance your schedules and artistic goals with everyday life?
The second half of the interview are answers specific to Ironclad. Answers specific to Beyond the Precipice will be available at a later date.
Angie’s Diary E-magazine is posting the first five chapters of Ironclad as excerpts, staggered over several weeks.
6. On Saturday, October 1, 2016, I will be presenting Beyond the Precipice at Words in the Park in Sherwood Park, Alberta (The Writers Foundation of Strathcona County). Come and join us if you are in the area of Edmonton or Strathcona County.
- cultural celebration
- author reading corner
- interactive workshops
- book fair
- food truck
7. Beyond the Music, companion/sequel to Beyond the Precipice, is under way, but it will not be completed and published until 2018 or later.
Other than writing, I post about parenting, travel, and health. In the near future, I will also address the category of education.
In May, I wrote about Music as a Barometer of Your Well-Being (in health). This fall, I will be posting articles on anemia and weight, as affected by cortisol (the stress hormone), exercise, and other factors, in addition to the occasional Snippets article.