So Where Did It Come From?

A question I often get is how did you come up with the story line for Fire of the Covenant. The reality is that it was an intentional accident. I was taking an on-line course with an author, Holly Lisle, and one of the exercises was to create three sentences, one each for three different story lines. Each sentence had to include certain components that I am not at liberty to share since it … [Read more...]

Podcast Interview for Fire of the Covenant

Recently I was contacted by an Australian Book Blogger, Dave Kearney, and he asked if he could interview me over Skype. After some coordination (there is an 18 hour difference), we spent an hour chatting about my writing experiences; about my first novel, Fire of the Covenant; my 40 year dream of becoming an  author and finally reaching it; along with more questions about my writing and my life.  … [Read more...]

Revision on the Mountain Top

Sorry for not Posting more often. I have been working really hard on the Revision of Dragon Called (the new name for Book One of my series) and proud to say I am halfway through Revision. My lovely wife sent me away to the mountains for a week, for my $%@ Birthday, so I could power through the second quarter of the Revision process. And yes, I at first also wondered why she wanted to get rid of me … [Read more...]

Spiros and Magic

Hello again. It be told to me that you be peering around Taran and wanted to know more about our fair land. Soo what can Dilys be telling you now. What be your interest? What can I help you to understand? You say you read in one of the website's post (http://petercruikshank.com/insight-into-the-series/)  that the story had a wee bit of magic. And you have heard a bit about Spirit in your … [Read more...]

Why are You Writing this Book?

I had finally started my Revision and was plugging away. But unfortunately I wasn't really doing it correctly. The idea for Lesson one of How To Revise Your Novel (HTRYN) is to read through your entire manuscript with some specific Worksheets nearby, making notes and associating specific pages and lines with notes on the Worksheets. Sounds simple, but naturally simple wasn't good enough for me. I … [Read more...]

Insight into the Series

This is the first blog post for The Dragon-Called website and I wanted to give you a little idea of what to expect in the future and also tease you with the first of many behind-the-scene insights into the series. What you will find on this website is information and insight into how the stories and characters developed, excerpts from series, artwork for the books, my rationale for why I wrote … [Read more...]

For every life you deliver to the Spirits, there is a price…

"Do you like killing people?" I asked bluntly hoping for the answer I wanted. She snapped her head at me, her eyes burned through me like a lightening bolt, "What do you mean? How could you say such a thing?" This wasn't the Yes or No answer I had hoped for. Now it would be like walking on a river ice floe in early Spring. "I am not saying you personally kill people, but in this last … [Read more...]

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