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Brett M. Wiens

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Brett Wiens was born in Calgary, Canada in 1981. He has a bachelor's degree in Geography and a masters degree in Geographic Information Systems. He has won awards for his anti-racism poem, "Just One Little Rock."

His writing is inspired by a keen interest in geography and languages. In grade school he gained fluency in French and then in University studied Spanish and Latin. After school he learned some American Sign Language and Italian and is working on learning Mandarin while working on his second novel.

His first novel, On Swift Wings, a modern re-imagination of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels was released on July 1, 2019, 293 years after the original. Early reviews of the book have been positive, saying that it is a challenging, but
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Brett M. Wiens I plan like crazy. Before I even wrote the first word of my book, I spent weeks coming up with what I wanted to say, researching to make sure I didn't…moreI plan like crazy. Before I even wrote the first word of my book, I spent weeks coming up with what I wanted to say, researching to make sure I didn't say anything that violated my own internal rules, and then coming up with a very high-level plot plan. Once I had written the high level, I went back and added checkpoints. The checkpoints were places that I wanted my story to go. I added more and more of these, populating the gaps in between with further detail until I had a pretty complete storyboard. Once I started writing, it was almost like connecting the dots. In the same way that somebody who sets a specific, measurable goal is more likely to achieve it with a plan, having these waypoints meant I always knew where I was going. I let the words fill the gaps, and occasionally I would find that I had to skip a particular waypoint because the natural words had led somewhere inconsistent with that event.

I don't think I ever really was unable to write. I had a plan, and following it made everything come easily.(less)
Brett M. Wiens I think that the best thing about being a writer is being able to put your thoughts out there for everybody and anybody to see. I can't think of any o…moreI think that the best thing about being a writer is being able to put your thoughts out there for everybody and anybody to see. I can't think of any other medium that can provide as much depth and permanency as writing. Good books from hundreds of years ago are still read and interpreted today. When my children are grown up, and they have their children of their own, they will be able to show exactly what I was thinking, and hopefully how I changed the world for the better.(less)
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One thing that I heard a lot after publishing On Swift Wings was… when will it be available as an Audio Book? My honest answer was that I hadn’t really thought about it. This entire journey has been an organic one. It started with me jotting down some thoughts in response to Gulliver’s Travels, evolved into

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"On Swift Wings was a perfect read for this travel restricted adventurer. As 2020 found us on lock down, I took the opportunity to experience something other than my traditional genre of novel and I was not disappointed. Following the unlucky travels " Read more of this review »
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On Swift Wings by Brett M. Wiens
"Try as I might I couldn’t get into this book. Maybe it is my frame of mind, or just not my time to read it. “On Swift Wings” is a story of a solo man surviving a plane crash. He finds himself on an island whose inhabitants remind me of "Animal Farm" " Read more of this review »
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Gets my kids laughing every time, a real family favourite. Took us a few tries to realize that the first page "Thanks" means something.
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I really enjoyed these books. I thoroughly enjoy Mr. Salvatore's writing, but a number of the characters in this quintet really spoke to me. The character Cadderly who is a scholarly genius who always questions his own intelligence has resonated with ...more
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I like the story. I enjoy the rhyme and the message is good as well. A house favourite.
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" Yeah, I quite enjoy them. I think my favourite might be Zog. Some books my kids demand I read over and over make me want to burn them, not Ms. Donalds ...more "
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