Whew! The crazy eight weeks of picking up Longhorns and Outlaws, doing the book tours, school visits, and author readings has come to an end. I can breathe again… I’ll admit, however, that it does feel a little anti-climactic. So, what next? Well, on to more development for the outlaws Web site, of course, as […]Read More How Much Backstory to Add?
There are many different strategies authors use when they edit a novel. I have a similar approach with all of my editing work, but how much editing really depends on how strong my initial plan and outline were for the novel, along with what kinds of things my editors would like to see added. Currently, […]Read More How do you edit your children’s novels?
When I do author visits, students always ask me how long it takes to write a book. I don’t have an easy answer, either. The actual physical act of sitting down at the computer (I never write longhand) and typing the story goes very quickly, as I normally write 4000 to 5000 words in a […]Read More How long does it take to write a book?
History provides an exciting backdrop for a novel. There is built-in excitement, tension, high points and low points. So, the trick to deciding what to include in a novel means looking at the shape of a book and considering how history can propel the story’s plot, rather than just trying to include all the historical […]Read More How do you decide what historical events to use in the plot of a novel?
Good historical fiction requires that the author is 100% true to the time period in terms of accuracy in historical fact. Books that take their inspiration from history, but weave in details that they invent are often in the fantasy genre, like medieval fantasies. My favorite book in that genre is Guy Gavriel Kay’s novel, […]Read More How close do you keep fiction to real history?
In chapter 2 of my novel, Adeline’s Dream, Adeline and her new friend, Kat, go to the horse race in Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, on the July 1st half-day Dominion Day holiday. It is Canada’s 43rd birthday. In terms of the question young readers have asked, have I been to a horse race like this one, the […]Read More Have you seen a horse race like the one in Adeline’s Dream?
Adeline’s Dream was my first historical novel for young readers. It came out as part of my publisher’s celebrations for Saskatchewan’s 100th birthday in 2005. I’ve been thrilled to visit many schools and public libraries to talk about this book and how I did my research. The events of the story are based on real […]Read More How did you research living in a soddie?