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Psst...It's Almost New Year's Eve

Posted by abarthos@hotmail.com on December 29, 2016 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (6)

And I have a story about a guy who’s working late instead of partying. But there are funny noises all around. And his girlfriend isn’t answering his messages. Find out what happens next in Kings River Life my favourite California online magazine. Read my latest story here.

Escape from the Beach - excerpt from Villainous Vacations

Posted by abarthos@hotmail.com on August 23, 2016 at 6:50 PM Comments comments (0)

As the story begins my main character Bree is kicking back on a beautiful ocean beach. One minute she is happily sun bathing and the next she is running for her life as helicopter gunships strafe the sand…

 

“…All day long I slipped down the water slide. Slathered in sunscreen, eyes squinting against the tropical light, I was carried by jets of recirculating sea water to the hot sand below. Dazed and content, I flew down the slide in a line of other children...

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The Cave or the Garden

Posted by abarthos@hotmail.com on July 28, 2013 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Everyone jokes about the Man Cave, that special place with the bar, the big screen TV, the comfy couch and maybe a basement fireplace. Hmm. But what if the cozy cave is a necessity for everyone including the authors of our new Nefarious North collection? I used to wonder why some homes are so much more appealing than others. It isn’t strictly about beautiful things, spacious rooms or all the electronic toys. I think it is actually an ancient need, a need our ancestors had also, a safe...

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Creating the Plot

Posted by abarthos@hotmail.com on June 11, 2013 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Writers are always asked where we get our plots. Ian Rankin, Inspector Rebus’s creator keeps an idea file of intriguing bits of conversation, news stories or even lines from a song to trigger his next novel. ‘Bird by Bird’ author Anne Lamott says you should write the truest sentence you can and go from there.

 

I used to struggle with plot too. Then I went back to what worked for me. As a young reporter in Montreal I spent my days hobnobbing with cops and ca...

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Jill Edmondson

Posted by abarthos@hotmail.com on November 5, 2011 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Jill Edmondson really knows how to throw a party. Her book launch Thursday night at the Pilot tavern featured yummie food, a toast with some great liqueur and the highlight, she read from the 3rd Sasha Jackson mystery: "The Lies Have It" a tale of fetishists and murder. Well done Jill!

Stuart MacBride's New Book

Posted by abarthos@hotmail.com on November 1, 2011 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Stuart MacBride is another in the current crop of witty, gritty Scottish writers that have taken the mystery world by storm. Last week, HarperCollins Canada put on a super event with Mr. MacBride who is on a tour. Guests were seated seminar style in a large room with huge windows and Mr. MacBride was in the front like a lecturer. Cake was served and an amusing cardboard cutout mask of a Stewart McBride-like beard sat at each place. The publishers generously provided a proof copy of Mr. Mac...

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That Special Scene

Posted by abarthos@hotmail.com on October 4, 2011 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

A famous screenwriter and director is quoted in John Brady’s The Craft of the Screenwriter saying that at heart of any movie is a single scene, a scene that is the reason for the whole story. Maybe I watch too many movies but still…do you have a favourite novel? A book where the climax is that one revealing, crucial scene, a scene that resonates, reverberates with the author’s intent? Scenes without which there is no story, no meaning, no reason to read any further? What are...

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SO LONG STARVING ARTIST: PART 1

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 Digital Media Strategist Jane Friedman


Writers love what they do. But when it comes to making a living, how can they get paid?

 

Digital marketing expert Jane Friedman addressed this head-on in a fascinating talk Nov. 12 with the Toronto Romance Writers.

 

Friedman used examples from history and her own career to tackle the ‘starving artist’ myth from a refreshingly...

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