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A new chapter

I’m embarking on my first “adult” book! I put the word in quotes because I never saw MetaWars as a young adult book, rather a novel for everyone, aged 9 to ninety, to enjoy, but it’s been shelved as YA and features a teen protagonist, so the book industry tends to think of it as […]

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Getting Graphic

As you know, I’m a big comic book fan. But not being an illustrator, I’ve never had the courage to mount a graphic novel…until now. I’ve teamed up with Dynamo on something super cool, a new graphic novel called CORTEX. Think: CSI meets INCEPTION. “We have a warrant to search your mind.” What do you think?

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Ready Player

This week saw the release of the first trailer for Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and next week sees the fifth anniversary of the publication of MetaWars. Full disclosure, I’ve not read RPO as I didn’t want to be unduly influenced by Cline’s work as I was still writing books 3 […]

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Reality, virtually.

Today is World Book Day, a day to celebrate books, reading, and our favourite characters. It’s a chance for children to relish in the imagination that reading emboldens. And despite competition from TV, games, and tablets, reading endures as an entertainment art form.  But it’s getting more competition. As evidenced by January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, […]

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Being British

(this post is an edited version of something I wrote on my personal (i.e. not public) Facebook, that friends & family seemed to enjoy so am sharing it here) Last week, ten years (technically ten years and twenty-nine days) after moving to the UK, I was sworn in as a British citizen. Hold your Brexit jokes, please. Despite the […]

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La La Land

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip to LA, and thought I’d share a few observations. Spirit of full disclosure, I used to live in LA (first Hollywood, then Venice Beach) for a few years, and moved to London ten years ago. – LA thrives on creativity. What’s incredible about LA is that everyone you […]

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Cover reveal…KEEPING THE BEAT

Drum roll please… Here it is, the cover for KEEPING THE BEAT… How awesome does this look? You can (and you should!!) preorder it now via amazon.com and in Canada via amazon.ca or Indigo.ca. Keeping the beat is the new YA novel by me and Marie Powell, and published by new YA imprint KCP Loft. It […]

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Just Keep Swimming

We don’t like to talk about failure. It’s icky, depressing, and we fear it’s contagious. But unless we acknowledge failure as a necessary condition for moving anything forward, we do ourselves a great disservice, and we risk believing in the myth of “overnight success.” Creative people – writers, musicians, actors, artists, poets – know this […]

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It’s the Story, Stupid

This week I attended my very first Edinburgh Television Festival.  The EITF is an annual conference of the great and the good of the British (and increasingly global) TV sector, and since Awesome is playing in primetime drama, thought it was worth showing up (inspired by Woody Allen: “80% of life is showing up”) and I’m […]

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Ahead by a Century

I’ve just returned from nearly a month in Canada, and was lucky enough to catch iconic (but largely unknown outside of Canada) band The Tragically Hip twice in their farewell tour. Last night, the band gave their final concert before a smallish venue in their hometown of Kingston, Ontario (my college town, where I first […]

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