Ann Marston discusses new YA novel, Diamonds in Black Sand

June 1, 2017, a new YA fantasy releases from Ann Marston, author of the much-beloved The Rune Blades of Celi series Diamonds in Black Sand. Ann took time to discuss this engaging new novel from her home in Alberta, Canada. LS: You return to your first love with this story by way of cultural influence, that of Scottish sensibilities. What is it about the culture that draws you, that feeds your imagination? AM: Scotland—its people, its landscapes, its culture,…

A Creative Process, by Joe Mahoney

In which Joe Mahoney reflects upon the creative process for his debut novel, A Time and a Place. I wrote the first words of the novel that eventually became A Time and a Place in July 1988. I made the final correction to the manuscript about a week ago, in April 2017. So technically it took me almost 29 years to finish the novel. I hasten to add, I haven’t been working on it all that time….

Candas Jane Dorsey named 2017 WGA Golden Pen Award recipient

The WGA Golden Pen Award is presented to acknowledge the lifetime achievements of an outstanding Alberta writer. Past recipients are: Greg Hollingshead, Alice Major, George Melnyk, Fred Stenson, Aritha van Herk, Robert Kroetsch, Merna Summers, Myrna Kostash, Grant MacEwan, W.O. Mitchell, Rudy Wiebe, and Betty Jane Hegerat. This year’s recipient is Candas Jane Dorsey. Candas Jane Dorsey is known as a writer of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Ursula K. Le Guin has described Dorsey as, “brilliant as…

A Town Called Forget longlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour

Competing against both large and indie publishers, in a field of 68 entries, C.P. Hoff’s charming and deliciously madcap novel, A Town Called Forget has been longlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. C.P. Hoff is the nom de plume of Connie Penner, who Connie grew up as a gypsy. Well, she could have been a gypsy if her family could have afforded the wagon. Her parents were pragmatic and raised her not to…

Artist, Jessica Allain talks about cover art for Diamonds in Black Sand

Jessica Allain sent along her thoughts on the vision behind the moody and dynamic cover she created for Ann Marston’s engaging new YA fantasy, Diamonds in Black Sand. After reading some of Ann’s manuscript, as well as speaking to her about aspects of her book, I began picturing the scene I wanted her cover to reflect. Growing up beside the ocean, I had a good idea of what a maritime scene should be. Ann described a…