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Dec 08, 2018

Young Aina Travels the World

I’ve just learnt at firsthand the value of promoting my books, and is something I need to learn to do better. If not, then few people will read them.

I experimented with a Kobo promotion for my free novelette Young Aina last week and into this week, and the number of downloads on Kobo shot up. Nothing surprising here, but I’m happy that more people are trying my stories—some are going on to buy the first novel in my series, and some are signing-up for my newsletter.

Kobo provide maps to show where people are reading your books. Young Aina has been downloaded in 34 countries—mostly in Canada, the US, and the UK, but also including Nigeria, Kenya, India, Jamaica, Georgia, Finland, and many more.

Thanks to everyone (past and present) who’s downloaded and read Young Aina.

Here’s the map:

Young Aina's Travels

Dec 01, 2018


My first attempt at NaNoWriMo, and while I didn’t get the word count, I did achieve some things. One of these will be a new way of outlining in the future…

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Nov 15, 2018

NaNoWriMo Progress

Some of you already know that I've entered NaNoWriMo this year. Numerically not outstanding: I'm currently at just over 12,000 words. But a success.

I've become much more aware of my writing process.I've developed a deeper understanding of how outlining helps me write.And it's the cleanest first draft I've ever written.

So, despite the numerical obstacle, I feel quite good! I'll write a fuller report after it's all finished.

Nov 15, 2018

Green Aina

Aina fights for her world—including the natural world. This article is about how she became this person, and how I was inspired to include a natural theme in her story. Green Aina gives more background to my fantasy novelette.

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Sep 03, 2018

SPFBO 2018 Update

Blue Prometheus has now been reviewed over at Book Nest. What this means for my chances in SPFBO remains to be seen, but I've added the link to the review to the page if you'd like to read it.

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Aug 18, 2018

Influences of Taipei Botanical Gardens on My Story Settings

Taipei Botanical Gardens have influenced the natural settings in many of my stories. Here, I’d like to show you ‘behind the settings,’ at one of the places that’s inspired me.

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