A Visit from Beth Cato, author of Call of Fire (Blood of Earth #2)

Today I’m delighted to welcome Beth Cato, steampunk fantasy author of The Clockwork Dagger duology and Blood of Earth trilogy, to my blog. 15th August, marks the release of the second book in the Blood of Earth trilogy: Call of Fire. Congratulations Beth! Cannot wait to read your latest book! Continue reading

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Cover Reveal of MARKSWOMAN eek!

I’m delighted to share the gorgeous cover of my upcoming book MARKSWOMAN! With many thanks to my editor Priyanka Krishnan and the amazingly talented art department of Harper Voyager. Can’t wait to hold this book in my hands! Meanwhile I am going to admire this beautiful cover which both captures and enhances the world I have built: Asiana, a post-apocalyptic version of Asia ruled by orders of magical knife-wielding female assassins – Markswomen. Continue reading

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Washing dishes and writing words

July is the hottest month, breeding
weeds in my tulip pots, mixing
energy with ennui, stirring
deck chairs with thunderstorms.

You can see I’ll never be T.S. Eliot, and for that, I suppose, we should all be grateful. But seriously, it’s that time of year when I can scarcely make myself venture into the balcony to water my weeds – I mean plants – before sundown. The evening stretches late into the night, and then I lean on the railing and admire the lights of my city, and feel fortunate. Continue reading

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Middle Grade Fantasy Faves

I love a good middle grade fantasy. In fact, I sometimes prefer reading children’s books. They can be fun and humorous and don’t demand much and – best of all – I can discuss them with the kids. In fact, a couple of years ago, I wrote the first draft of a middle grade fantasy novel with (for me) surprising speed, in response to their demand for a new chapter every night. More on that later. Continue reading

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Sumer Is Icumen In (and other reasons to smile)

Sumer Is Icumen In is the title of a medieval English round of the mid-13th century. The middle English is pretty hilarious to sing aloud (Lhude sing cuccu!), but it feels appropriate to the day, which must be the first (okay maybe second?) sunny day in the last TWO WEEKS. April showers are supposed to bring May flowers, but what are May showers supposed to bring? Floods, that’s what. We’ve been relatively fortunate in the GTA… Continue reading

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April News and Reviews

News flash! I have a release date for my novel. Markswoman is scheduled for 23 January 2018. A few weeks, and I should have a cover to share. It’s all very exciting.

I’m working with my editor on line edits, and it’s a very interesting process, quite an eye-opener for me. I’ve been writing this book for so long, and have so many versions in my head (and computer) that sometimes I can’t ‘see’ it any more. That’s why my editor’s eagle eye is so critical. I’m loving her suggestions, and can’t wait to share the results with the world. Continue reading

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Hackers’ Faire: now live at Cast of Wonders

Story Day! Very pleased to announce that Hacker’s Faire, my far-future story with cats, cyborgs and buskers mingling in a bombed-out space station in Toronto, is now available to read or listen at Cast of Wonders. The story is narrated by Wilson Fowlie and hosted by Alethea Kontis.

Hackers’ Faire was inspired by the amazing 2014 New York Makers’ Faire. Giant electronic giraffes, robots, rockets and 3D printers galore… I wandered the Faire in a daze, and in the months that followed, drew on that ‘sense of wonder’ to write my own version of a far-future Faire. I hope you enjoy reading (or listening to) it as much as I did writing it. Continue reading

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