Games and Mercy

The 17th day of Ripening Season, 342 years After Mourning Hope dwindles further with each soul that passes. We lost fourteen today: seven men, three women and four children. Their names have been recorded in the ledger. I have given young Barly the unwelcome task of carting them away before the heat sours them. A hardContinue reading “Games and Mercy”

A Writer’s Brief Guide to Personality Types

During my time at university, and while at the police academy, we were forced to attend courses from a slew of experts. Some of them were downright kill-me-now boring. Others were a little more interesting, and a few were captivating. If gore or weapons were on the agenda, it was standing room only.

Jakob’s Journal Introduction

If you’ve stumbled across Jakob’s Journal for the first time, welcome. It’s a special section where, over the course of the next few weeks and months, you can read about an extraordinary series of events. A tale of doubt and anguish. A tale of grief and hope. You may cry. You may cheer. In the end, IContinue reading “Jakob’s Journal Introduction”

Creative Spaces

In a world of staccato bursts of information, where I swipe through updates on iPhone screens, smash my words into 140 character boxes, and information whizzes past me at an alarming rate, it’s hard to find the time to  just sit and listen to my muse. I also think my muse is a bit too soft-spoken. IfContinue reading “Creative Spaces”

What Writing Teaches Us

I was over thirty when I wrote my first book. I’d written short stories, poetry, and articles. I’d even had some of them published. But I didn’t write the last sentence of my first book until I was over thirty. Everyone says ‘to write, you must read’, and I agree wholeheartedly. But my daughter didContinue reading “What Writing Teaches Us”

When it’s More Than a Hobby

I began writing somewhere around the fifth grade. My teacher gave us an assignment to write a letter from one inanimate object to another. I wasn’t the brightest kid in the class and had a tough time understanding what inanimate objects were, but I was excited! It’s the first assignment I really remember and I’mContinue reading “When it’s More Than a Hobby”

Busy Doin’ Nothin’

Every year, Sweden holds Melodifestivalen, a highly televised song contest, to determine that year’s participant in the Eurovision Song Contest, also a highly televised song contest where different countries across Europe showcase their musical talent . . . sort of. It’s turned into a major event around our household. Every Friday during the months of February andContinue reading “Busy Doin’ Nothin’”

Title Change

Last week was an exciting week! We celebrated Easter, the kids ate a mountain of candy, my four-year-old son knocked out his two front teeth, and I received feedback from the first of my beta readers. The assessment? He thoroughly enjoyed the book and wants to know when the next one is coming out. WordsContinue reading “Title Change”