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I’m #TeamLori Are You?

Hey, fellow readers and reviewers, do you live in the UK and, do you want to be a part of reading Steph Broadribb’s next release: DEEP DIRTY TRUTH, the third installment of the Lori Anderson series? If yes, and who wouldn’t want to read the next book early AND, be in line for a whole host of other great goodies. Then pop on over to the Crime Thriller Girl website, and sign on up to be a part of #TeamLori … go on, you know you want to.  

Five Authors I Have Met

Either through work, or via conventions I’ve attended over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to meet a number of authors. It’s one thing to love an author’s work, and to rave on about this or that book. But getting to meet them, in person, and even have that extended moment with them long enough to say more than: ‘I love your work,’ is a huge privilege and yes, priceless. MICHAEL MOORCOCK — Fantasy Way back when I lived and worked in London, I met one of the biggest fantasy authors of his generation, Michael Moorcock, whose work (at the time) I was a huge fan of. If you haven’t read any of his work, you should try: Elric of Melniboné and Other Stories The Jewel in the Skull (Hawkmoon series) The Cornelius Quartet (Jerry Cornelius Series) All books I grew up reading back in the 70s. Moorcock once wrote of himself, “I think of myself as a bad writer with big ideas, but I’d rather be that than a big writer with bad ideas.” …

LOL and OMG Toll the Death-knell of the English Language

Really? I don’t think so. English is one of those languages that begs, borrows and downright steals from other languages to the point of stalking them down dark alleys. Where, before hitting them over the head with a dangling participle, rifles through a language’s pockets in search of any word it thinks it can get away with. It doesn’t care whether it’s bright, shiny, and new, or if it is dog-eared and long since forgotten. The only criteria is, can I use it? You have to remember, languages live by adapting or die by stagnating. English (and yes, we’ll include American, Canadian and Australian English here too) knows this and isn’t above grand theft and petty larceny in the verbiage world at large. So, to any and all of you out there bemoaning the death-knell of the English language when reading announcements that the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) has once again added new and controversial words to its pages. Ask yourselves, do we speak the same language of Shakespeare, or even the Victorians? Could you …

Let’s Talk Favourite Authors

Everyone has their favourite and go-to authors. Some we still love and have been following for decades, others are new to us, and recently discovered or arrived on the scene. How ever we find them, and how ever long they stay with us, we love what they write and have written. Novels that have moved us, expanded our horizons (literally) and taken us on countless journeys to places near and far. Novels populated by characters that resonate with us, and who stay with us long after we’ve finished reading about them. “We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.” ― Ursula K. LeGuin Today I want to share with you a handful of my favourite authors who have written countless books between them, and created some truly memorable characters.

Copyright Terms

What You Need to Know as a Writer 1. IN THE PUBLIC DOMAIN What it means: In the Public Domain refers to a work that is no longer protected by copyright law and, therefore, is now available, without fees, to the public. As is the bulk of Arthur Conan Doyle’s, Sherlock Holmes stories and key elements, which have passed into the Public Domain. Meaning, writers are now free to use certain names and key elements in their own works without prior written consent and payment of fees to an estate. How it is mis-used: Many authors are under the mistaken belief that in the Public Domain, is how they should refer to their work(s) offered via a library, online, or as downloadable content. This is not the case. Work(s) available to the public or publicly available can, in some instances, be free, but are usually paid-for works … and therefore, not in the public domain. As in, absolutely free for anyone to do what they want with. 2. FAIR USE What it means: There are …