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The third children's book in the Grimhilderness series - The Disenchanted Wizard - is finally at the finish line. After many upheavals, with the second half has been rewritten at least three times, it's now available as an ebook on Kindle, Kobo, iTunes and all the other retailers.

The Disenchanted Wizard , while being part of the Grimhilderness series, doesn't have any obvious links to the previous two books. Its connection to them, however, will come to light in the fourth book...which I'm only just beginning to write.

I've been writing for most of my life. I began publishing on a casual basis back in the 1990s with various magazines and newspapers, and soon was writing a weekly column for a local newspaper. This column survived for five ye
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Wodehouse on writing

I've been re-reading What Ho! The Best of Wodehouse over the last few weeks, and what a great book it is. There are chapters and short stories in it that are perfect gems of comedy writing. 

Towards the end of the book are some letters he wrote to W. Townend - just a few out of the hundreds he wrote - and one in particular is of interest to writers struggling to get their book to come together... Read more of this blog post »
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Majenta Hello, Mike! Thank you for contacting me. Happy Monday, I hope you're having a great week. Congratulations on your books! Happy reading, writing, and everything else. Blessings!
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