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How a radio program helped me to strengthen the character of Tomas in Carnival of Hope

I try not to lock myself away, cutting myself  off from outside influences as I write what I hope will be my next blockbuster. That can lead to some interesting discoveries. While writing a novel, I think it’s a good … Continue reading

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Attack for posting a scene led to devastation and then a new realization

I recently wrote a guest post for Book Reviews by DDS about how I got over being attacked online for posting a scene from my novel Carnival of Hope. Check it out here: Attack for posting a scene lead to … Continue reading

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Author’s research notes for Carnival of Hope – How was the north-eastern shantytown depicted in the novel created?

I read several modern day anthropological studies (1980’s) of places in the north-east of Brazil to come up with the fictitious shantytown where the story begins. Some of the descriptions of these places included: • Smoky, fly-infested huts, hungry toddlers … Continue reading

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Carnival of Hope – due for publication 20 November 2011

Today, Brazil is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. But in the 1990s, only a few years after the book burning military dictators returned to their barracks, the country experienced severe economic stagnation with hyperinflation running at … Continue reading

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