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Forest Brothers – the novel is coming very soon! Estonia, midges and all…

Last leg of the final edit of the story and there is a quiet delight at how far I have progressed with it. The mission now is to complete the latest edit and watch out for the many things you assume are there – punctuation marks are so easily missed over. Also, in Estonian speech, […]

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Update – Forest Brothers novel, a new novel and short story

It’s been a busy week! After a long period of inactivity on the Forest Brothers project, I received back the start of the final edit for the manuscript. It’s now looking nice! A bit more detail following my latest trip to Estonia and the Metsavennad part of the story feels much better to me now. […]

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Forest Brothers – interviewing the author

Q) What is the book about? A) In a sentence – One man’s struggle to fulfil his destiny. It’s a combination of action, adventure and a flavour of romance Q) Where is it set? A) It is set in war-torn Estonia in 1944. The German Army is in retreat and the Red army is advancing to […]

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Softly, softly

My lovely editor-to-be passed me back the manuscript of Forest Brothers last week, corrected, amended and with suggestions. I spent a hard week reworking it and spent some time correcting the piece, taking the opportunity to correct some Estonian spellings and a few character name tweaks. One of the main issues has been working with […]

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Feeling the land

It’s been a busy time these last six weeks, unfortunately a lot of which focused on the death of my father aged 82. One thing I have managed to do though is visit Estonia in its beautiful summer glory. It gave me an opportunity to soak up the atmosphere and think about aspects of the […]

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All was quiet…

The most recent draft of Forest Brothers went to the publisher and I am hoping for an update next week. I’m sure more tweaks are on the way, but that is part of the process.  The art work is progressing nicely and I am working on getting this blog automatically linked to facebook and twitter, […]

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The perils of many edits

Well, I have finished the run through of the editorial comments made by my prospective publisher for Forest Brothers and – yup, she was right in 99% of cases! There is a serious problem when you edit your own work. You know the story. The action and dialogue has come from your mind, and it […]

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A Forest of Biro Marks

To give you an idea of what producing a novel entails, I thought I would try and update my blog every so often. Then you get an idea of the journey that the story ‘Forest Brothers’ has gone through. It will be like walking through a deep Estonian forest but with less midge bites. I received back […]

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Forest Brothers

Forest Brothers is the name of my new novel, due out hopefully Q4 or early next year. I may subtitle it Metsavennad, as that is the Estonian word for the bands of fugitives that lived hand to mouth in wartime Estonia. The story is set in 1944, as Germany retreats and the Soviet Union is poised […]

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Stuck in a limbo and desperate to do something meaningful, what to do? That is where writing began for me. A creative way of expressing myself and a chance to harness my wondering imagination. I close my eyes and I’m there. Wish I’d picked ‘there’ as a warm sunny day on a sandy beach, with […]