In February 2018 I broke (again) with the themes of the previous books and published a sci-fi novel, “Dropping Into Darkness”.
A reader said that the style reminded him of Terry Pratchett meets John Flanagan. I’ll take that as a huge compliment. Terry Pratchett was the creator of the intricate and wonderful “Discworld”. John Flanagan, master of the cliffhanger, sets his two best-known YA series in a world that approximates our Viking era.
For “Dropping Into Darkness” I did not create any new worlds. It’s our own planet earth, sometime into the future, after three eco-catastrophes. It’s the story of a small band of people on a journey they’d rather not be on, and the journey isn’t going well … Continue reading “No Time Travel Needed”
In July 2017 I announced a “Spread The Word” competition for readers of my books. I said the prize would be a very, very, very good bottle of wine, to be awarded in October 2017.
The winner, AP of Montreal, championed “The Twelve Man Bilbo Choir” for her book club, and invited me to Montreal to chat with the book club.
I prepared a short presentation on the history behind the “Bilbo Choir” and on other, more famous works of literature that have been influenced by the same Continue reading “Of Book Clubs, Competitions and Very, Very, Very Good Wine”
In June 2017 I published “Just One More Page”, a novel for children aged six to ten years old. It’s the story of a tame dragon that runs wild, and the story of two children caught in the chaos.
Surprise: adults love it too.
If you’re curious about some of the illustrations, here is a quick sampling:
Continue reading “The Difference Between Elephants and Peanut Butter”
In March 2017 I published “The Twelve Man Bilbo Choir”, a novel inspired by a real-life tragedy on the high seas and the subsequent legal trial. The outcome of that trial still profoundly affects the lives of millions of people today. History aside, the story is also a mystery, a tragedy, a love story, a story of scams, Continue reading “Mystery, History, Love and Philosophy”