Writer

My Altern­ate World — I write mostly fantasy, though I’ve dipped my pen into paranor­mal romance, mys­tery and short fic­tion (fantasy short fiction).

Vari­ous Pub­lic­a­tions, Pro­jects and Stuff I’ve Done

~ To Serve and Pro­tect will be com­ing out in Octo­ber 2017, in Bun­doran Press’s antho­logy 49th Par­al­lels, stor­ies of altern­ate Cana­dian his­tor­ies and futures, in hon­our of Canada’s 150th birthday.

~ Spring-2015-cover-image-small At my first foray into VCon I met some fab­ulous women who run Pulp Lit­er­at­ure magazine. My friend Brenda Carre https://brendacarre.com con­vinced me to enter their Raven Cover Art con­test, (write a story based on the cover art), and lo and behold, judge CC Humphreys saw fit to give me the win. That story, The Inner Light, came out in Spring 2015. http://pulpliterature.com

~ My short story The Pageant — A Battle Maiden’s Cun­ning Stunt is live even as I write: pub­lished in Elec­tric Spec Magazine, Feb. 29th, 2012 Issue. www.electricspec.com

 

~ Star­ted attend­ing the Sur­rey Inter­na­tional Writers’ Con­fer­ence reg­u­larly in 2000.

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Writer friends! Brenda Cox and Tony Olli­vier, SiWC

~ My big pro­ject (the one that got me star­ted writ­ing) is the Dark Elf’s War­rior tri­logy, fea­tur­ing Kyer Hal­idan. Book One was a final­ist in Col­or­ado Gold Con­test, the PNWA Writ­ing Con­test, and won the Fraser Val­ley Writers’ School com­pet­i­tion. Book Two is com­plete, and I’m work­ing on Book Three.

~ In 2010, my short story He Had It Com­ing was a final­ist in the SiWC Writ­ing Contest.

~ In 2011, my short story To Serve and Pro­tect was a final­ist in the SiWC Writ­ing contest.

~ I’m presently edit­ing my Mod­ern Fantasy called Griffin and the Spuri­ous Cor­rel­a­tions. This is a ter­rific­ally bizarre and fun story that involves a Live Action RPG.

~ My paranor­mal romance doesn’t have a work­ing title, apart from Edlyn, which is the protagonist’s name. It takes place in Scotland.

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Yes, I was actu­ally this close to the late, great Terry Pratch­ett. <3

~ I atten­ded my first World Fantasy Con­ven­tion in San Diego in 2011. It was won­der­ful, and will cer­tainly not be my last! I fol­lowed that with WFC in Toronto, and WFC in Brighton, England.

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Matt and Brenda at WFC 2013, Brighton

~ Jonathan Lys­ter (https://www.facebook.com/jonathan.lyster) (https://www.amazon.ca/Oblivions-Wake-Jonathan-Sean-Lyster-ebook/dp/B00L3XZPPI) and I col­lab­or­ated on a story for the Three-Day Novel con­test in 2010, which was some of the most fun I’ve ever had writ­ing. With that little sleep, we got pretty punchy and laughed a LOT. Someday we will do a rewrite and turn it into some­thing real.

I have a ter­rific group of writer friends with whom I share mater­ial, and trade cri­tique. I met vir­tu­ally all my writer friends at Con­ven­tions and the Sur­rey Inter­na­tional Writers’ Con­fer­ence, with the excep­tion of one who’s a fel­low mom at my kids’ school. You meet fel­low writers wherever you can, and if you share com­mon goals and respect not only their work, but their opin­ions on yours, then you keep them. (Spe­cial thanks to Colleen Con­dit, Jonathan Lys­ter, Myst DeVana, Stephanie Kwok, Brenda Carre, Brenda Cox, Robert Smith and Stu­art Hollett).

 

Some say a writer’s life is lonely, but it doesn’t have to be.


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