Interview with Anno the Tarn

In this post, I attempt to interview Anno Einarsson, exiled Tarn and editor of the ‘The South Garth Inquisitor’ about Granny Maberly. As is common with anything to do with Anno or Granny, it did not go as expected.   MM: Anno, you were going to bring us an interview with Granny Maberly today, yet here you are alone, clutching a… Read more →

Two New, Exclusive “Granny Maberly” Yuletide Stories

This holiday season you can find not just one, but TWO new Granny Maberly/Dragonish stories, The Hawthorn Tree and Silent Knight  – plus many more Winter/Christmas stories – on Katharina Gerlach’s wonderful, free Indie Author’s Advent Calendar 2016. How does this work? Simply click on the correct date every day and unlock a brand new story for each day of advent.  … Read more →

When Authors Kill

Perhaps I am being unfair in blaming J. K. Rowling for starting a trend in killing off important characters we care about, but ever since she iced Sirius Black and Fred Weasley, other authors seem to have jumped on that bandwagon with glee. Perhaps I should really blame George R. R. Martin (“Game of Thrones” to television buffs); whose slaughter… Read more →

Tales of Mist and Magic is Finally Live at Amazon

They say there are no more dragons—but Granny Maberly knows better. At ninety-four turns old, Granny’s seen more than her share of strange beings in her travels as matriarch to a headstrong Wagonwalker clan. And she’s lived long enough to know that not all monsters have horns (or tusks). Immortal Tarn who fall woefully short of legend; cannibal Moraggim haunting… Read more →

Interview with Ushguk

Sometimes we all make mistakes. Mine was in allowing Ushguk to be interviewed by Anno the Tarn last week. Ushguk and Anno are just two of the characters from the Island of Dragonish – the world where my future fantasy novel series takes place. I was so busy revising my upcoming Dragonish trilogy that I thought I’d let Anno interview… Read more →

A Room in the Pines

Inspiration comes from the strangest places. When I was growing up in Glasgow – all grey, soot-stained tenements, gangs, and spit on the sidewalks – my mother sometimes reminisced about her stay in “the sanitarium”. This was an isolation hospital specifically for those suffering from tuberculosis. When she was sixteen, she and her fiancé, George Robinson, were walking up a hill with their bicycles… Read more →

Banishing the Dreaded É

If you live and write in Canada, and you use a PC, you have probably come across the dreaded É syndrome. That’s when you go to type a question mark, and instead of ‘?’, you see ‘É’. Then you quickly find out that other keys (most notably your quote keys) are screwed up too. I used to have to shut… Read more →

Book Review: “Firetok” by Gordon A. Wilson

Last Monday I read “Firetok”, a suspense novel by Gordon A. Wilson; a story flooded and  permeated with pure horror. The opening scene warns you that the book is going to be dark. When violence comes into play, I will normally shut a book and move on, since I suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome: However, I couldn’t put this book down. I’m… Read more →