I have just finished the final draft of The Quadrant Conspiracy, a novel of World War II set in Ontario. I am now in search of an agent and publisher. My first three novels all required hours of research, although the first two were based in part on my personal experience. But Quadrant involved more…… Continue reading Research for the new book
Scrivener is a writing environment with extensive flexibility. One of its chief advantages to writers is that it allows you to divide a story or book into its constituent pieces (chapters and scenes), work on them independently, shift them around, and compile the finished product as a seamless manuscript.. This makes it ideal for those…… Continue reading Plot development in Scrivener
Research can lead you down a rabbit hole. How many of you own a copy of the 1945 edition of “The Official Guide to the Railway?” This is one of many esoteric volumes I’ve studied for my next novel.
I’m happy to announce that Robert McBride will narrate the audiobook version of “Novak’s Mission” when it is released in late August. Until his recent retirement, Robert was one of the top classical music hosts in public radio. He and I have worked together for nearly three decades, first at Oregon Public Broadcasting, then during…… Continue reading Audio version of “Novak’s Mission”
What was life like in a middle-class Toronto neighborhood in the 1940s? I don’t know, but for a work-in-progress, I need to find out. Yet there’s surprisingly little information available on what is outwardly a banal topic. Enter Quora. If you’re not familiar with it, Quora is a site where you can ask a question…… Continue reading Putting yourself in the picture