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MetaWars at Ten

It’s not every day one creates the future, but ten years ago today, on a muggy August morning, Hachette published my debut novel, METAWARS: FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE, and it eerily predicted much of what’s come since. The book was the culmination of years of research to create a fictional world that I believed might […]

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Personal Statement about Ukraine

For the past few weeks, I have been shocked and horrified by the events unfolding in Ukraine. I have personal friends and business colleagues in Ukraine, sheltering for the lives and fighting for their very right to exist. At the same time, I’m supposed to be gearing up for the book launch of the second […]

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Meta Memories

I was reminded a few weeks ago when 2021 turned to 2022 that this is the 10th anniversary of the publication of the first MetaWars novel. How time flies! I first put pen to paper (yes, actual paper!) in the Spring of 2010. I’d left a senior job at a production company to embark on […]

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Going on (Virtual) Tour

Every time a new book launches, one of the most fun things to accompany the launch is a series of in person events; usually school visits and book-shop signings. But, this being 2021, things were a big different this month when Dino Knights published from Scallywag Press. It was all virtual, and I went on […]

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Dino Knights Publishes

I’m super excited to share the Dino Knights publishes today from Scallywag Press, with incredible illustrations by artist Jeff Crosby. You can buy the book in bookshops or online Amazon, Waterstones, Hive and the new initiative that links your purchase to your local indie bookshop. This novel has been a long time coming. You see, the idea for DINO […]

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Memories of Mipcom

When I was growing up, Dave Nichol, the President of Loblaws, a big supermarket chain in Canada, used to travel around the world and come back with interesting ingredients and exotic spices that he’d proudly introduce to Canadians on television. This was before the internet and cheap travel, so the world was a much bigger […]

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Sea Of Red (or: The Unbearable Weight Of What Feels Like Constant Rejection In Any Creative Endeavour Worth Pursuing)

The creative industries love success. It’s a hit driven business, with a Pareto distribution of results, and so it’s success that gets celebrated. When you read about a new show dropping on Netflix or making a splash on the BBC, it has already cleared hundreds and hundreds of hurdles. In management speak” this is called […]

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A New Direction, A New Dominion

If you’ve been following this website (hi Mom!), you’ll know that for the past few years I’ve been writing & producing under the banner of “Awesome“, a company that started simply as the corporate vehicle for my debut novel and then pivoted into a TV production company with the backing of Kew Media Group. But, […]

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Today is Empathy Day, though I feel that every day should be empathy day. If you’ve read my books, or heard me speak, you know this is a word I care deeply about. There is a whole lot wrong with human beings, but one of the things we are capable of is empathy; at stepping […]

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Reading Alienated (the whole book!)

When schools closed in March, and students suddenly engaging in remote learning, I decided to read my novel,  ALIENATED: GROUNDED AT GROOM LAKE, on YouTube, chapter-by-chapter. A type of “virtual class reader.” It’s a fun, funny middle-grade story, perfect for fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson. Star Wars, and Men In Black. All of the […]