Saturday, 24 December 2016
What Happened and What's Next?
Wishing you the merriest Christmas, the happiest holidays ever.
What a year it has been.
I would like to thank everyone that has visited the Scribbler over the last twelve months. whether it was for a few minutes or for many minutes, stopping by to meet my guests.
Readers from US, Canada, Russia, India, China, Ukraine, France, United Kingdom, Bangladesh, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, Australia and others.
Thank you to the tremendous authors and artists that have been kind enough to share their thoughts and work.
Authors from as far away as South Africa, Australia, Great Britain, Germany, Tennessee, Florida, Illinois, New York, Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and good ole New Brunswick.
2016 has been an incredible year for the Scribbler and myself personally.
What is truly exciting is what is coming this year. The Scribbler has a tremendous line-up of authors and artists as guests.
Beth Powning of Sussex, New Brunswick, author of The Sea Captain's Wife and A Measure of Light.
Seumas Gallacher of Abu Dhabi, author of the Jack Calder series.
Chuck Bowie, New Brunswick, author of the Sean Donovan - Thief for Hire - series
Sally Cronin of Great Britian
Tina Frisco of USA
Jane Simpson of New Brunswick
Renee Gauthier of Ontario
Diana Stevan of British Columbia
Victoria Hanlon of England.
And the list continues to grow...
Two consecutive weeks of over 1000 page views.
Over 20,000 visitors.
My second novel - Wall of War is finally going to the editors in the New year and keeping my fingers crossed for publication in the late spring.
I've started working on my third novel which remains untitled at this time. It is an historical novel that begins in Scotland in 1911. Fate will bring Dominic Alexander to Canada and the shores of the East Coast where he will make his home.
The plan is for a trilogy of the Alexander family beginning with Dominic and ending with my main character Drake Alexander, Dominic's grandson, almost a hundred years later.
*I've resurrected one of my favorite characters, detective Jo Naylor and will feature a serial based on one of my earlier short stories. (you can find it above on the Page bar). Should be fun. It is going to be a story that will continue over time and I'm hoping that there will be some reader feedback as you help me.
Finally I want to thank my family for their support, encouragement and love. I am a very lucky man. My beautiful wife Gloria, my son Adam, my stepsons Chris & Mark, their wives Mireille and Natalie and my precious grandchildren Matthieu, Natasha and Damian.
Saturday, 17 December 2016
Guest Author Valerie Sherrard of Miramichi, NB.
Valerie Sherrard was born in 1957 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and grew up in various parts of Canada. Her father was in the Air Force so the family moved often, and was sent to live in Lahr, West Germany, when Valerie was in grades 6 and 7. It was there that a teacher encouraged her toward writing, although nearly three decades would pass before she began to pursue it seriously.
Valerie has made her home in New Brunswick since 1980. In 1985, her second child, Rebecca, died at the age of 19 months. This led her to a decision to foster children in need of homes and over the years she fostered approximately 70 adolescents for various lengths of time. Valerie also worked as the Director of a group home for teens for more than a decade. It was quite natural, in light of those experiences, that when she began to write in earnest, she wrote for young adults.
Valerie eventually gave up fostering and left her job at the group home and is now a full-time writer. She soon expanded her work to include picture books and middle novels as well, enjoying the challenges of writing for those age groups. To date, 25 of her books have been published.
This author’s work has been recognized on national and international levels and has been translated into several languages. As well, she has won or been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Governor General, the TD Children’s Literature, the Geoffrey Bilson, the Ann Connor Brimer, and many others.
Her bibliography and link are listed below.
Eyes of a Stalker, A Shelby Belgarden Mystery 2006 (Dundurn)
Sarah’s Legacy 2006 (Dundurn)
Hiding in Plain Sight, A Shelby Belgarden Mystery 2005 (Dundurn)
Sam’s Light. 2004 (Dundurn)
Chasing Shadows, A Shelby Belgarden Mystery 2004 (Dundurn)
KATE, 2003 (Dundurn)
In Too Deep, A Shelby Belgarden Mystery 2003 (Dundurn)
Out of the Ashes, A Shelby Belgarden Mystery 2002 (Dundurn)
Saturday, 10 December 2016
RIP Christian Brun.
For those that choose to, you may read his obituary here .
Two years ago I posted a 4Q Interview with Christian and would like to share it with you once more out of respect for the man I admired.
May 30, 2014.
Christian Brun is the Executive Director of the Maritime Fisherman’s Union. He has travelled extensively throughout the world, lived in Mozambique, Africa. He lives in Shediac, NB. He is an exceptional artist and author of several books of poetry. A man of many talents (pardon the cliché but it fits). His website is below.
Mozambique was a perfect opportunity: 1- the project was about civil disarmament and turning weapons into art, 2- Maputo, the Capital where I would be working, was a coastal town, 3- Portuguese was the language spoken, a Latin language, therefore accessible through French basics, another cousin Latin language, and finally, 4- the field of international development seemed much more real and substance oriented than what I had survived in the urban legal world. I took a week to think about it, confirmed and was off a month later in November of 1997.
4Q: You have many fine paintings to your credit. How did you get into painting and where can your work be seen other than your website?
Saturday, 3 December 2016
Guest Author Ethan Adams. Guest Blog - Between Writing "The End" and Finding a Publisher.
Thank you Ethan for this very informative blog and for being a guest this week.
Don't forget to check out Ethan's website.
And let us know what you think in the comment section below.
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