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— T.S. Eliot

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December 15, 2017

I've decided to plunge into the Goodreads world, and I have a giveaway going starting today and ending on Jan. 15. Three books are up for grabs.

If you're a Goodreads reader, all you have to do is push a button and enter to win

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If not, you can sign up and then go for it...

December 6, 2017

Write what you know, they say.

I’d add to that, write where you know. Unless, of course, you’re locating your novel in 1700s Scotland and going viral with, say, Outlander. Research works, too.

More than one person has wondered, and asked, why I placed Adam’s Witness in S...

November 19, 2017

Book two underway at 50,000 words. Here's a peek at an early chapter (with some spoilers redacted). Feedback welcome.

Wasn’t that a mighty storm?

Wasn’t that a mighty storm in the morning?

—Traditional American folk song

Grace awakened to pounding on her front door. Her he...

October 26, 2017

In the lead-up to my book launch, my amazing publicist Britainy Robinson Zapshalla reached out to the local media and they have been incredible. So has she.

Indeed, our local media are generally incredible. They work hard to cover what's happening in our fair prairie ci...

October 21, 2017

One of the most exciting days on the book journey is to see your own contribution on the bookstore shelf. 

Adam's Witness is presently sharing a table at McNally Robinson in Saskatoon with some other mystery writers...like John Le Carre, Diana Gabaldon, Ken Follett, Ste...

October 7, 2017

Saskatoon must be one of the most beautiful cities anywhere in the fall. We may not have the bright red leaves of other climates and forests, but the glory of our yellows, oranges and persistent softer greens make autumn our finest seasonal hour.

I've been walking throu...

September 7, 2017

The end of summer always feels to me like a small death. Nature will sleep again, very soon.

The season we ache for, as northern people, the season that brings us crops and garden produce, flowers and lawns, the season that offers us heat and sun and long days will soon...

August 11, 2017

This column was originally published in the Saskatoon Express.

John Diefenbaker, once prime minister of Canada, is much in the news these days.

He would absolutely love that.

His return to the media spotlight comes courtesy of Garrett Wilson, a Regina lawyer and author. H...

August 11, 2017

It's a strange sensation to open a box with your own books in it. It feels like commitment.

Two of these will be off to McNally Robinson soon, to see if they will accept Adam's Witness for consignment. 

The rest I will peddle on street corners.

Just kidding.

July 27, 2017

 You see romance everywhere. Even where it maybe isn't.

This column originally ran in The Saskatoon Express a few weeks ago. Life is turning into fiction.

Query to city hall: how do I get home?

Life is a detour. I'm gonna drive it, all summer long.

-     With apologies to...

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