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Character Spotlight: Kassius ‘Kass’ McKenzie

For my second character spotlight, I thought I’d go big—and it doesn’t get much bigger than protagonist Kass! So, if you fancy learning a little bit more about Kass’s childhood and history, please enjoy the rambles below! Edith and Arthur McKenzie were quiet people, living humble lives in the Caetlanican capital city, Eriligh, until the…


I’ll Need Candles Part 2

Here’s the second part to Alex’s mini-story, posted up a while ago. A police officer met them at the gate. He was tall, with a beige expression and a hat tilted low over his brow. ‘Come on, boy. Quick about it.’ What a strange thing to say. Alex tried to speed up, but ended up…


Character Spotlight: General Jinaka

So, I’ve been toying with the idea of creating Character Spotlights for the characters in ‘The Elementalists’ for a while now. There’s just so much history and backstory that I want to delve into, but there isn’t really a place for the information (. . . yet) in the books to date. Really, I’m just…


I’ll Need Candles

I thought I’d share one of my exercises that I wrote on my course with the International Writer’s Collective. The brief was about a character experiencing a place for the first time, in close third person, matter-of-fact tone but perhaps with a darker mood. Anyway. Enjoy 🙂 The inside of the truck was the same…


Tips on how to Critique. Critique, I say, not criticise.

How to tell the difference? Over the years, I’ve found myself doing various critiques. I’ve beta-read a full-length fantasy novel for a fellow writer. I’ve spent the last few months on a writing course where we meet up every week to critique each other’s assignments. And I’ve recently joined Wattpad, a writing platform where people…


How to write when words won’t come. . .

Sigh. So, I’m stuck. I’m so into The Elementalists world, that I’m having trouble writing anything else. And I have to. I’ve got another novel, tentatively titled: ‘The Road to Being Real’, that I want to finish to submit to my agent. I’ve got a lot of hopes riding on it. . . But I…


How short is short?

So, really. How short is short? I’ve never been good at short stories. Not really my thing, I thought. Mainly because, well, brevity isn’t my thing. I’m a waffler. See? I’m doing it now. All I needed to do was say ‘I don’t like short stories’ yet here I am. Waffling. But it’s always been…


Dystopia may be done, but I’m still not over it

And I don’t think I will be any time soon. So, it’s a tricky one. When you go on google as a layman, dystopia doesn’t seem to be out. I literally just found an article stating that given the age of Trump, dystopia should be due to be back on the horizon again. But the…


Who am I. . .

I’m Jean Valjean! No. I’m Dani. And I’m finally, finally, starting to hold my hands up and own the fact that I – for all my successes and all my failures – am a writer.I guess I should say a little bit about myself – this is my website, so it’s fine. Right? I started…