Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Trafficked! for real

When I wrote my short story I knew the real world of human smuggling and trafficking was ugly, deadly and an evil that should never be. Right here is just some more web coverage, this time on the BBC. It doesn't take aliens from space to do this stuff.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Are you twitting?

So I've just enjoyed 48 hours with almost no internet, over the weekend while we were enjoying the outdoors down by the lake, then bbqing with friends.

Now time to return to (virtual) reality - I have read that many authors find Twitter helpful in getting to know people and getting their message out, so I've just signed up. My username is JohnXPeace. Give me a quick message if you're out there! 

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Back to work

For the past few months I've been writing a fair number of hours per week, in between family time and part-time work. That's more regular writing than I've probably ever done before. It's been great to get into the groove and improve my style. 

That part-time work has had to increase recently, in order for me to support the family, so that for the summer I'll probably just have a few evenings and part of the weekend to write. But I don't see it as a loss - rather, the work time is fuel for more stories. Like today I met someone at work and we got to know each other. He's a coach who most enjoys teaching kids to excel in competitive swimming, but he's not found enough coaching to support himself. He isn't from this town, and feels a little alienated by the locals who, on meeting him for the first time, invariably ask, "Are you from here?" With me, it's obvious - they think I have a nice accent (although, as I keep telling them, it's them who have the accents!).

I can see this man has dreams he follows, even into the beginnings of middle age, and he's still looking for ways to realize them against all the odds. Maybe he or someone a little like him will become a character in one of my stories one day.

Friday, 11 May 2012

Amazon Author Page

Now you can catch me on Amazon, if you feel so inclined... the link is on the page bar above. I haven't worked out yet how to make Mindware Issues free on Amazon, but on Smashwords it is. Drop by the Amazon page and leave a comment or review - I'll send you a sneak preview of whatever I'm writing at the time.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Published on Amazon

Just so you know, writing (& writing about my writing!) isn't the only thing I do these days! Today I went to a beach and skipped stones, then had a bbq with friends and family in the SUNSHINE! Sun feels so much warmer after a Canadian winter!

 Anyway, today I also learned how to publish my 2 short ebooks on Amazon! Why not take a look if you haven't read them yet. And if you feel inclined, write a review. A balanced one is best, what you liked and disliked about it. Here are the links :

Trafficked! is available on Amazon as an ebook here:

Mindware Issues  is available free (or at least it's meant to be free) on here: