Mariana by John Everett Millais, 1851 … in One Woman’s Island

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing

This painting was posted to Facebook and I commented that it had always been a favourite – so much so I worked it into my yet-to-be-completed (that description is for you, Tim Baker) second Bequia Perspectives novel, One Woman’s Island. The main character is also named Mariana, but that came about because my middle name is Marie … So here’s the excerpt from Chapter Six about this painting from my WIP (unedited).

11009856_888600287849489_1949889716693087294_o The sisters dropped me off at my house and I discovered Sel and Fred had left the front door unlocked when they finished work that morning. Damn! But perhaps, I thought, that would finally be grounds for dismissal, although I doubted it. I walked into the house and Thom greeted me. At least Sel had had the sense to release the cats from the bedroom before she left, even if they had still been locked up inside the…

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Hiring an Editor is Not the Place to Cut Corners


Back in 2003 I left a really well-paying job to start my own home improvement business. It was a questionable decision at best, and I quickly learned that whatever skills I possessed as a carpenter were trumped by my complete inadequacy as a business man. Despite the inevitable failure of my business, I did learn several lessons, some of which translate nicely to my writing endeavors.

One such piece of “tool belt wisdom” came to mind recently when another author friend of mine was complaining about the cost of hiring an editor.  tool belt

You’ve heard the old adage any lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client? It’s the same for authors who try to self-edit.

Every author needs an editor – this fact is non-negotiable.

The reasons you should always hire a qualified professional editor are numerous, and not the topic of this post. The important thing…

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From Wallace Stegner … on writing

Books: Publishing, Reading, Writing


“Young writers should be encouraged to write, and discouraged from
thinking they are writers.”

-Wallace Stegner

Every writer – young, beginning, established and accomplished – would be wise to read and reread Stegner’s On the Teaching of Creative Writing (1988), then read any of his own novels, short stories or non-fiction for an excellent crash-course education in “how to write creatively” from the master himself – the man who studied at the University of Iowa and founded the creative writing program at Stanford University, where he in turn taught many great authors.

My personal favourites of the many books Wallace Stegner wrote and published are Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety. I have reread both many times, but am never able to decide which I prefer – they are both that good! The other non-fiction book I have always enjoyed is Wolf Willow: A History, a Story…

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Authors! Beware!

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I’ve just been advised by Author Jack Eason that the following Facebook Site is offering six of his books in PDF format – WITHOUT AUTHORISATION, PERMISSION OR PAYMENT AGREEMENT WITH HIM…

Please check if YOUR BOOKS are being offered without YOUR permission.



PLEASE don’t send the complaint forms!!!

This is a click farm that collects your email addresses to sell.

Also, the last time this happened to us and we complained about copyright infringement our computers were infected with a virus.

Block this site on Facebook so that they cannot promote their pirate site there. 

With all of us reporting the site it will get taken down.




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