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Reading the Wind

Reading the Wind

I never thought of myself as a writer. I read fiction nonstop and even wrote some Tolkien fanfiction, but in my mind, that didn't make me a writer; I also taught technical writing to college students. About that kind of writing, I counted as an expert. Still, that...

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A Man Writing Heroines

A Man Writing Heroines

Here's a story about D&D, listening and trying to be a good ally. Why am I, a man, writing about heroines? Let me tell you a story. A friend told me about a game of Dungeons & Dragons he’d played. The Dungeon Master was keen to create a diverse world, so he...

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Stop Talking About Diversity In Books

Stop Talking About Diversity In Books

“The importance of diversity in books”, “diverse characters – tokenism or important?” and my personal favourite, “is diversity really that important?” Every time I see a convention panel discussion with a name like this, my eyes roll so hard I end up chasing them...

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Victims, Villains and Vulnerability

Victims, Villains and Vulnerability

Over a decade ago, the children’s charity, Barnardo’s, ran a controversial advertising campaign aiming to raise awareness of the damaging impact of being born in poverty. The Advertising Standards Authority received almost 500 complaints about the ads, which showed...

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Full Steam(punk) Ahead!

Full Steam(punk) Ahead!

After much procrastination, I’ve returned with a new book in tow and Inspired Quill has been nice enough to take me back. So, what is this new book? Well, it’s a sequel to The Adventures of Alan Shaw, my globe-spanning Steampunk adventure. What’s taken so damned long?...

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Clickbait Books – A Publisher’s Response

Clickbait Books – A Publisher’s Response

Recently, the ‘Big 5’ publisher Simon & Schuster signed a deal reported to be worth $250,000. So far, no worries. But when the author of their acquisition is a (very loud) mouthpiece for the ‘alt-right’…things start to get a little cloudy. (Note: I’m not going to...

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Eighteen To One

Eighteen To One

Honestly, I can’t remember a time where reading and writing weren’t part of my life. I’ve written many short stories in my time, but my two proudest writing achievements are the novels I’ve completed. The first one I began writing at about sixteen. In the end, I...

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