#36 Wordtrails “Ugly Ducklings”

May signals the end of SNIRT season, snow and dirt, and the beginning of the seemingly too short spring and summer here in the northern part of British Columbia. Spring brings the eternal promise of renewed life with its fawns, chicks, calves and other newborns. Just yesterday I was watching three ducklings enjoy exploring a freshly turned garden patch. Usually ducklings are cute but these were some kind of hybrid with very short stubby wings...

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Wordtrails blog #35 The Word Alone

ALONE On the first year anniversary of publishing my latest novel, Alone, I paused to reflect on the powerful responses we have that five title- ALONE. Does it evoke a feeling of neglect; a wistful yearning for solitude; an emptiness soothed only by memories or a satisfaction from succeeding on your own? The sisters in the novel Alone find themselves abandoned and isolated in a harsh wilderness environment. I wonder how many of us would have the...

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Inspirations and Ideas Wordtrails #33

Inspirations and Ideas One question that is frequently asked of authors is “What inspired you to write this book?” While there are many types of writers from those that have always felt the need to write to those, like myself, who are accidental writers, all writers are inspired by some –thing, event or memory. As you pose the question watch as the author drifts off slightly to recapture just what was the trigger for this particular...

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Surviving an On Camera Interview Wordtrail #32

Surviving an On Camera Interview I am both relieved and slightly dismayed having just finished watching my on camera interview for Shaw Cable Vision which aired on June 20/ 2014.   Interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mYE3VY2jyQ Some of the things that concerned me were that I need to look at the camera more and that I speak with my hands a lot! In light of that interview, I’d like to offer some practical hints for those who are faced...

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Wordtrails #31 Alone, My Latest Suspense Novel.

Are you intrigued by self-sufficiency and the romantic idea of living off the land? Are you tired of the rush and bustle of modern society? Are you fed-up with the noise, pollution and uncaring anonymous people? Does it seem that bullying is rampant as some seek to elevate themselves over others? These triggers are some of the reasons that lead the family in my latest suspense novel, Alone, to decide to give up on mainstream society and to forge...

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Wordtrails 30 Into the Unknown

   I am venturing into the unknown…exploring the social media venues, Goodreads and Amazon’s author section. Thanks to Martin  Crosbie’s How I Sold 30,000 eBooks on Amazon Kindle, I have now gleaned some additional skills and information that might help me utilize these various sites. With my new book Alone expected to launch in late spring, I need to get started on the marketing. Wish me luck navigating the minefields of...

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