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A Dearth of Representation, with hopes and dreams.

Since completing my debut novel, which is presently in the hands of my publisher at Brainspired Publishing, I have already started work on the second installment of the Mary Dubois Thriller series. Now that I’ve had that first drink of the nectar which pours from the fountain of the Imaginarium in my mind, I understand that it flows freely and is only limited by what I’m willing to write, by what I dare write. Between stories, I have also started learning about the craft and how to reach out to… Read more A Dearth of Representation, with hopes and dreams.

This is how I fight. (quoting: Dharma Kelleher)

I came across a post from a sister thriller writer who says she writes as an act of activism in the face of anti-LGBTQ violence and anti-trans laws. I’m ad-libbing as these are not her exact words. However, I think she says, “This is why I write. This is how I fight.” Her words brought it home for me, not that I wasn’t aware of why I was doing what I’d been doing after my transition all those years ago, but because I was and am. The thing about Dharma… Read more This is how I fight. (quoting: Dharma Kelleher)

What is the value of my writing?

When I started writing my crime queer crime thriller, I dreamed of one day seeing it on bookstore shelves, doing reading and book signings, hell, even being approached by Hollywood. I was dreaming big. Then, as I kept writing and got closer to completing the story, I began worrying and becoming anxious. I imagined potential agents and publishers laughing at my efforts, I know that this is how I tend to be when creating, or rather, how I get when thinking beyond the process of creating. I am filled with… Read more What is the value of my writing?

My First Draft!

I am delighted to announce the completion of the first draft of my debut thriller, “The Rainbow Killer, a Mary Dubois Thriller.” This first draft is 77,220 words, that’s 268 pages. It’s not for the faint of heart, as it contains graphic details of mutilated bodies and swearing and is provocative as all hell. I wanted to tell a story in which the protagonist is a queer, trans woman. I populated the story with LGBTQ+ people, and I also had this urge to show how at least in this story… Read more My First Draft!

Creating and Marketing.

I enjoy the process of writing as much as I have ever loved drawing and painting. Both activities have this in common; they are introverted tasks. I am an introvert! I am a loner when it comes to expressing my creativity, and yes, I enjoy sharing my process, but I have great difficulty promoting my work. When I need to promote to market, I get nervous and self-conscious and go into it dragging my feet. It’s not that I don’t want to make sales or have my work noticed; of… Read more Creating and Marketing.

Achievable Goals.

I have never been good at setting goals or being exceptionally well organized; one could say that I’m something of a pantser (fly by the seat of your pants type). However, now that I feel more comfortable as a writer and know that I can tell a story, I am setting two goals for myself regarding this thriller I’m working on. 1. I will try to write 500 to 1000 words daily. 2. I want to complete the first draft by the Spring of 2023. Not the loftiest of goals… Read more Achievable Goals.

Creating new characters

I just created a new character, he will be a neighbour’s of Mary, the protagonist. He is a man in his sixties, an old school hippy, a good and decent man who doesn’t trust the Man (law enforcement, etc.) He and Mary get along and sometimes go foraging for wild mushrooms. He also taught Mary how to grow her own cannabis for medicinal purposes. Anyhow, Mary introduces him to her friend Teresa, an Officer in the S.Q. (Sureté du Québec). I find that having a mixed bag of friends can… Read more Creating new characters

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