Globe and Mail Dec. 03 2013. “Results from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) reveal that almost all provinces have seen large increases over the last decade in the percentage of 15-year-old students failing the math test.” Recently, Canadians … Continue reading
I asked Seymour Hamilton, author of The Laughing Princess, how it came about that he met Shirley MacKenzie, who did the lovely new cover and many other drawings for that book. This is how he explains it:
I met Shirley MacKenzie at a reading soiree at a now defunct indie bookseller which had our books on consignment. Shirley had written and illustrated a moving account of her search for her birth mother and father. The emotional impact of Shirley’s story was in her drawings, which are at the intersection between personal and universal. She does not tell her reader what to think or feel: she presents evocative images of loss, longing and fulfillment that haunt me still. Continue reading
Publication of your first book is a euphoric event. All those hours alone with a keyboard, or walking the dog, or sitting in the bathtub, or whatever helps you achieve a state of contemplation that works for you, have all been worth while, and you have never been even close to as happy with anything you have ever done. (I speak as a man, and allow that giving birth is even more rewarding.) Continue reading
Alaric Bond is author of the Fighting Sails Series. He talks about his work, writing process, research, inspirations, what he’s reading, and we discuss what we both owe to the late Tom Grundner, founder of our publisher Fireship Press.
Alaric Bond was born in Surrey, England, and now lives in Herstmonceux, East Sussex. Bond has been writing professionally for over twenty years with work covering broadcast comedy (commissioned to BBC Light Entertainment for 3 years), periodicals, children’s stories, television and the stage. Continue reading
An exchange on Facebook in 2013 with Shirley Mackenzie, artist and illustrator.
Seymour, may I present you with a challenge? What scene from Treasure Island goes unrecognized as significant to the theme and SHOULD be illustrated? Continue reading
The Laughing Princess is Seymour Hamilton’s enchanting foray into something like fairy tales. Petra and Daniel, a brother and a sister, meet a dragon who tells them a series of bewilderingly surprising stories from the lore of the more-magical-than-it-seems village where they’re vacationing. After much suspense, the audiobook is now available for free download! Go to Podiobooks.com and listen online, or right-click on the files at the bottom of the page to take your own mp3 with you, wherever you like, free of charge. Enjoy!
I (Jessica Knauss, editor and publisher at Açedrex) took this opportunity to ask Seymour some questions about his unique little book. Continue reading
In 2012, I was asked the classic question via Goodreads. Message from Natasha Apr 29, 2012 How did you come up with the idea for The Astreya Trilogy? and did you get writers blocks, if so how did you get past … Continue reading
Books (and poems) I have inhabited, in the order in which I read them. As I compiled this list, I realised that the common element is that most of these stories are set in richly imagined alternate realities that … Continue reading