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The Age of Endings

This point is neither original nor controversial, but I’ll make it anyway: we’re living through an age of brilliant storytelling on television. The rise of premium cable channels and streaming services has ushered in a host of high-quality dramas, whose writers are delivering novel-quality fiction with lavish style. I sometimes wonder at the economics of […]

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The Real Colette

At this point, my obsessive relationship with HMCS Sackville is reasonably well documented. It began when I based a Defense Command corvette on her, then escalated in 2013, when I spent Battle of the Atlantic week with her in Halifax. After that, Sackville turned up in Champions, swimming through Newfoundland’s coastal waters with Alex in […]

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Nancy Wake

In 1994, Nancy Wake auctioned off her war medals for profit. Some said this was to pay for booze, others suggested it was part of a feud with the Museum of Australia, but one friend and neighbor offered an explanation which I choose to believe is most accurate: she did it because someone told her […]

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Editing Fray

When you’re bashing your head against the keyboard and hoping your first draft will come out okay, the last thing you may want to hear is a lecture about how editing is the most important part of the writing process. Writing, on its own, seems difficult enough. But editing and rewrites are vital to the […]

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The Year Was 2017…

I don’t get embarrassed about baby pictures. I don’t understand why anyone would –– there’s no shame in looking like a child when you happen to be one. I do, however, get very embarrassed about my earliest writing. No matter how old you are when you start, it’s a safe bet that your first stories won’t be […]

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Everything Begins to Fray

Shortly after her abilities were revealed to two worlds in 1919, Lady Emily began making public appeals to save the children of the savages. She believed it was the British Empire’s duty to send troops to rescue those genetically-enhanced innocents, so that they could be spared lives of slavery and given the chance to become […]

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Charlie Peters

If I’m honest, I remember very little about my first book launch. It was a hugely significant night for me –– The Human Equation was released on Thursday, October 9th, 2003, turning me from a nineteen-year-old geek into a nineteen-year-old geek who had also written a book. Whoa. Media coverage stemming from that event moved […]

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Unrequited Horizons

In the summer of 2011, I nearly gave up writing altogether. That seems a bit silly now, considering all the stories that have happened since, but at the time we were winding up both Defense Command and His Majesty’s New World, and all I had left to work with was a loose collection of ideas […]

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Platform For Dreams

Less than three weeks ago, I was clinging to my seat aboard a Beechcraft 1900D as we approached the runway in Deer Lake. After a seven hour wait in St. John’s, I’d managed to get aboard a plane that would take me across Newfoundland, but it was going to be an eventful flight. St. John’s […]

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De-Kentaminated

The pun was so bad. Sitting in the passenger seat of Matt LeDrew’s car as we pulled away from St. John’s Airport, I was immediately reminded of just what sort of nemesis Engen’s founder really is: the kind who invents shockingly bad puns. And apparently this particular pun had been put into service at Sci-Fi […]

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Damage Report

Let’s be honest: fiction writing can be a pretty antisocial business. From the research that goes into crafting a story, to the time spent at the keyboard tapping it out, to the hours of editing, authors are obliged to spend a great deal of time locked inside their own minds. This is why some people […]

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Just Plain Late

It’s quite impossible for me to be fashionably late, so this week I’m going to be just plain late. As previously mentioned, I’m going to turn up at Sci Fi on the Rock this weekend, but I won’t be on the ground for the entire event. The convention kicks off on Friday afternoon and wraps up […]

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Return to the Rock

Around a decade ago, a new annual tradition began in Newfoundland: Sci-Fi on the Rock. The first convention of its kind in my homeland, it started as a day-long event in Mount Pearl (the city that neighbors St. John’s), and I was lucky enough to be the first guest. That trip was a bit of […]

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The Admirals

Last December, I made the five-hour drive from Edmonton back to the place where it all began to come together: Lethbridge, Alberta. Lethbridge is one of Alberta’s smaller cities, currently boasting a population of some 90,000, and from 1996 to 1999, it was the town we Iceberg partners called home. It was in Lethbridge where […]

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Two Weeks To Retirement

I have very few regrets when it comes to Defense Command. One lament continues to be that I never changed Ken Barron’s first name… because forever more, people will think I’m him. I’m not. Or, at least, I don’t want you to think I am. Whatever. The second lament is much more important: it wasn’t […]

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The Wolfdogs

Happy New Year! It’s 2016, which means much of this year will be spent celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Defense Command series. You can also expect more from Champions — I probably owe readers some author notes after the novellas of 1943. But for my first note of the year, I have to talk […]

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And We’re Back

It’s been more than a year since we ended the Champions of 1942 on a rather unapologetic cliffhanger, and the only penance I can offer for that slight is that there’ll be no waiting between installments of the Champions of 1943. Today, all five novellas have launched across all major ebook services. Getting here has […]

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The Corrs

There’s plenty to look forward to at the end of this month. On November 24th, all five Champions novellas for the of 1943 will be released at once, so readers waiting after last year’s cliffhanger in Progeny will finally be able to stop sending me angry messages. I’ll write more about what to expect in […]

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The Last Ship

Navy stories are tough to get right – particularly in the modern era. The setup usually sounds appealing: an ensemble of characters working together within a ship that is a character all on its own. But when you get into the practicalities of storytelling, the complications are plenty. Those characters, for instance, are stratified by […]

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Fashion for Champions

You learn a lot when you moderate writing panels. While I was appearing as a guest at the Toronto Trek convention around ten years ago, I chaired an author panel about writing female characters. It was there that I picked up a piece of advice from one of my colleagues, which I remember to this […]

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