Monday, January 30, 2017

On TV! Writing awards for IAG members

Here are Dr. Robert Schemenauer and I on CFJC TV talking about writing awards for members of the Kamloops-based Interior Authors Group:

More info about these awards is at:





Friday, January 27, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Calling all Kamloops and area writers

Calling all Kamloops and area writers! The Dr. Robert and Elma Schemenauer Awards are now open for submissions-- until March 21.


1. Writing with a Kamloops Theme

2. Writing Showing an Appreciation of Nature


Each award will be issued annually to a member in good standing of the Interior Authors Group based in Kamloops. There's no fee to enter (besides the IAG membership fee, $35).


- a certificate and a press release issued to local media announcing the winner

- a cash award of $200 to the recipient

- a cash award of $100 to the Interior Authors Group to support the growth and educational activities of the IAG

For more information, please visit .


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

writing opportunities Jan 17, 2017

The theme for this year’s Askew’s Foods Word on the Lake Writing contest is Canada. This contest, based in Salmon Arm, BC, will close at midnight on 1 March 2017.  For details: .


Polar Borealis Magazine, based in the Vancouver Lower Mainland, specializes in Canadian speculative writing. They’re open to poetry submissions:  

400 and Falling Press accepts submissions from emerging writers:


Somewhat off-the-wall electronic journal DIAGRAM is open to submissions:

Monday, January 16, 2017

poetry submissions invited

Ascent Aspirations of Nanoose Bay, British Columbia, invites poetry submissions. If you’re interested, you can e-mail your poem/s to along with a brief biography. No payment as far as I know. You can read some of their previously published poems at .


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Lloyd Jeck authored the book In the Shadow of the Peaks [fascinating story of his early life, mostly around McBride, British Columbia]. He also wrote British Columbia Trails Heading North [adventures in the history of the province]. He just shared this article with me. Thanks, Lloyd, and thanks for your kind review.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

YesterCanada on TV

Here I am with my book YesterCanada: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure on CFJC TV in Kamloops, British Columbia. Susan Edgell interviewed me. Thanks, Susan!


Monday, January 9, 2017

feeling funny?

Are you feeling funny, amusing, witty, humorous? The UK-based Short Humour Site is open to submissions of 300 to 500 words. Here are their submissions guidelines:


Saturday, January 7, 2017

"Write what you know." Good advice?

"Write what you know" is advice often given to writers. Novelist E.L. Doctorow didn't agree. He recommended the opposite in a conversation with George Plimpton that appeared in Paris Review: "We're supposed to be able to get into other skins. We're supposed to be able to render experiences not our own and warrant times and places we haven't seen. That's one justification for art, isn't it: to distribute the suffering?"


Photographer and writer Brock Perks comments on that: "All fiction depends upon conflict, but conflict without at least inferred suffering is just action. Perhaps this gets us close to what is meant when people favour literary over so-called non-literary fiction. Doctorow could be saying that he ensures his characters do suffer, or at least pass on to the reader signals of pathos, rather than simply fulfil the requirements of a plot like empty approximations of humanity."


That resonates with me, especially the words "empty approximations of humanity." I find it a constant challenge to make my characters more than "empty approximations of humanity."

Friday, January 6, 2017

YesterCanada, The Arts Connection, and Carolyn Arends

Here's Robert White of The Arts Connection interviewing me about my book YesterCanada: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure. I love the song Father, Thy Will Be Done by Carolyn Arends. It's among several of hers played during the breaks.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Need an editor? Consider Erin Linn McMullan

I became acquainted with editor and publishing consultant Erin Linn McMullan when she lived in Kamloops, BC. Now living in Vancouver, she recently edited the book The Peasant’s Gold by Kamloops author T.D. Roth. He’s pleased with her work, as are others who have dealt with her. Erin is open to considering new clients. Here’s her CV:


If you have a writing project you need help to complete, I offer writing coaching and encouragement, editing and project management (to hire and work with cover and layout designers and with the printer to meet deadlines). I can work with you at your own pace to help you achieve your dreams. Rates are customized based on your project and an estimate provided after an initial free consultation to discuss your needs. Let's talk about how I can help!  


For two decades I have been providing writing and editing including print and online content, film, TV, stage, and radio. I have an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. I am also the author of Northern Medicine: The history of the Porcupine District Medical Society (1924-2004): Please visit my online portfolio. [Website ]

Editor and project manager: 


One Mush: Jamaica's Dogsled Team by John Firth, who won a sports writing award for this 'underdog' story.


Sambaa Ke' Then and Now, 2nd Ed. by Roberta McGregor, and working with Trout Lake's Dene Band to produce this community history:├ęgendes%3Bqtype%3Dsubject


Editor and writing coach: 


The Peasant’s Gold, 2nd Ed. by T.D. Roth:

Coyote Wisdom Visits Brooklyn and Travels the Universe (Linked stories) by Mallory Blair Randle:…/…/B017N3TPEI

Wings of Wonder (poetry) by Robert McAlpine:…/…/0992092019

Inward Bound: A Journey From Sense to Soul (Memoir) by Katrine Geneau:…/…/ref=sr_1_1…

Once in a Lifetime (Memoir) by Ursula Banke:


28 tips from literary agents

Good tips here. Most of them apply whether you’re querying a literary agent or a publisher.

Monday, January 2, 2017

The Peasant's Gold: book about North America's first Chinese Mayor

Peter Wing, a Mayor of Kamloops, was North America’s first Chinese Mayor! Terry Roth, a member of the Kamloops-based Interior Authors Group, has a new book out about him. Congrats, Terry.


Here’s a bit more about the book: At the turn of the 20th century Chinese workers came by the thousands seeking their fortunes on the “Gold Mountain” of North America with the intent of returning to a life of ease in China. A few, like Eng Wing,came to procure “tiles over one’s head and soil under one’s feet” in Canada. His first son, Peter, was raised during the turbulent years of two world wars, the depression of the 1920s and the drought of the 1930s. The Wing family worked and waited patiently through the years of the Chinese Exclusion Act, finally being recognized as “people” and citizens of Canada in 1947.Through decades of political and social prejudice, Eng Wing established his business and raised his children. His oldest son, Peter, became the first Chinese Mayor in North America. This is his story.


The Peasant’s Gold is available online from the following sites.


Chapters Indigo


Amazon Services International [including info in Chinese]