Category Archive: Writing

Oct 29

Bookapalooza Draw for Mystery Thriller Books

I’m going to participate in Bookapalooza, a book sale/launch/reading taking place Nov 21, 2015. Book Fair & Readings Since my novel, Feeding Frenzy, won’t be launched until the spring, I’m going to run a giveaway for published books in the supernatural thriller & comic mystery genres. Visitors to my table will also get a Q-code …

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Aug 11

Feeding Frenzy Featured on Wattpad

  #11 in Mystery/Thriller Sept. 7, 2015 with 25 000 reads on Wattpad Feeding Frenzy is a paranormal thriller about our obsession with food. It was inspired by the madcap pacing of Jan Evanovitch’s Stephanie Plum mysteries and the over-the-top imagination of Christopher Moore’s comic fantasy novels. — Maaja Featured on Wattpad Wattpad has officially chosen Feeding Frenzy as a ‘featured story.’ …

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Jun 07

Future Library: Message to the future

What will humanity be reading in a century? Will paper books still be read? Visionary author Margaret Atwood is the first to contribute a secret story to Future Library, a unique 100-year artwork. Designed by Scottish artist Katie Paterson, Future Library is a real place, created for Oslo, Norway. Part of this project is a forest of 1000 trees, planted …

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May 30

Cliffhanger Castle – Contest Launch!

This is a writing experiment with its heart in community. Expect chills, thrills, and breathtaking plot twists… Do you love chapters that end on a cliffhanger? One part contest, one part serial anthology, one part battle of writerly of wits; talented writers compete for the chance to captivate your attention. This story is inspired by a real abandoned hotel …

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May 03

What is a Serial Thriller Anthology?

Is this Wattpad’s First Serial Anthology? This project is a paranormal thriller with a twist – author collaboration in a serial anthology. If you have ever wanted to read a suspense novel that combines mystery with lots of surprises, this innovative novel, the first of its kind on Wattpad. Exciting writers compete to display their unique style, in conjunction with …

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Apr 03

Dragon Dictation: for Creative Writing

Typing at a laptop

Should you use Dragon Dictation for your Creative Writing? Many people say that the main benefit of Dragon Dictation for creative writing is speed. While it’s true that dictation fans rave about the increased productivity using dictation software, I have a much more serious reason to prefer dictating my stories and novels. Typing can cause wrist pain and …

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Jan 18

Richard Scrimger Interview

I was lucky enough to interview the witty, award-winning Canadian author, Richard Scrimger. Versatile, he writes for small children, middle grade, young adult, and adult categories. My current favorite is his YA novel Zomboy, in which a new student turns out to be undead, and unwanted, by unenlightened members of his community. Zomboy provokes thought but still …

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Dec 15

Linda Poitevin Interview

Could Wattpad be for you? Are you a traditionally published author, looking to open up new markets? Do you have an idea for a book that would make good serial fiction? This interview with Linda Poitevin is partly about writing, partly about marketing, but mostly about how Wattpad can help you find new fans. Since …

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Nov 30

NaNoWriMo Wattpad Experiment

October 31, I posted the teaser for a writing experiment on Wattpad. Feeding Frenzy is a Supernatural Thriller, and a great big narrative sandbox for me to play in. The nature of the Wattpad community is friendly, so it’s a good place to find readers who appreciate humour and creative fun in their fiction. Over …

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Nov 23

NaNoWriMo Statistics

Will it be possible to write 50 000 words of Feeding Frenzy in one month, while still posting a chapter to Wattpad at least once a week? This goal seemed a little impossible after getting so far behind on my word count last weekend. This weekend I tried to make up for it by writing …

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