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Red Bull is the name, Studying is the game…

March 3, 2010
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It was hard editing Dead Man Stalking while in my Fall semester of my last year at McGill. Yeah, it was hard, but worth it. I fell in love with my characters all over again. I still smile every time I think of Saber, who is a mixture of two of my best buddies.
It was hard letting it go to study for midterms and finals. All I wanted to do was send the thing out, get published, and have school be OVER. I knew what I wanted to do with my life, and I had hard time staying motivated.
I had FINALLY found something I was passionate about: writing stories.
I’ve always written. I can remember back in the second grade that I would have these crazy adventures inside my head. I actually now have a hard time distinguishing my imagined mishaps with the real ones.
As I grew older, I forgot about writing, and my dream.
I hit puberty and the can of worms that follows with that; I was an emotional mess. Geez, they tell you you can’t be innocent anymore, because you start feelings these, well.. feelings, and you don’t know what to do with them, or where to put them in your rapidly maturing body. At least, it was that way for me.
I went to high school, went to cegep (which if you’re from out of town, which most of you are, as I am delighted to see! – is a prelude to University, two years of transition between the breeze of high school to the turbulent storm University will be), went to University in Anatomy and Cell Biology, and I loved my program. I thought I wanted to become a doctor, I was just so fascinated by the human body, much like someone else we know, huh?
Throughout cegep, I had an English professor, Harold Hoefle, and I hope he somehow stumbles across this blog, because I want to thank him for instilling in me the hope that I could do this. He actually had a book out last year, I remember him telling us about his adventures in different places. I’ve read it, and recommend it.
I hit University – my life became my studying. It was like all those years of hard work in high school and college were for nothing, and I found myself too busy to write.
Until the past summer, where I sat down and wrote Dead Man Stalking in two and a half months, revised it for three more after that.
I had issues with it- I found Alexa too whiny at some points, wanted her to just shut up and ‘deal with it’, as Jason would say. There were some parts where I didn’t like Hunter at all, until Lyko shined through. I went through ups and downs and ended up calling my real –life Saber, my buddy, Sam. So here’s a thank  you nod to her, because I probably did stress her out too. I tend to do that.

Anyways, that’s all there is about me for now, and I hope you enjoy the rest of the books.
There will be more, I promise!
Dead Man Hiding is my sequel to see what Alexa is going to cook up next.
Dead Man Watching is Jason’s story – it’s one I’ve been wanting to write for three years. I believe in ghosts always have, and this story came out of that incident so long ago.
And I have another one in my head, somewhat of a Paladin story if you will.  Will see how that turns out. Thank you for reading and enjoy the site!


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Coolest Cat in Town

March 1, 2010
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I write novels…. It’s what I do, not necessarily what I’m good at. I mean… I think I’m pretty good, but that probably not the case for everyone who will read my stories.  Sucks for them.

A good writer reads a lot, and I do. A lot. Sometimes I have to hide books during midterms and finals so I spend more time studying than reading. As if Neuroendocrinology is more important than John Matthew, or Rose Hathaway, or even the dark ramblings of Dexter Morgan? Please…

So I decided to write out some of the books I’ve really enjoyed, paying it forward to my favourite authors in the hopes that some of you will buy their books, and in turn buy mine when they come out — because they will… eventually.

Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments (now, doesn’t that just sound cool?)
Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series
Rachel Vincent’s Shifter series (starts with Stray)
J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood Series (there are seven as of now), and her Fallen Angel series
Anything by Lilith Saintcrow — although if you don’t like kickass female protagonists, and darker novels these are NOT for you
For historical fiction: David Gemmell and Stephen Pressfield (they focus on Ancient Greece)
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

I’ll add more, sooner or later. But for now, stupid Latin calls. Why did I take this class again?

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