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Flashbacks, time jumps, and head hopping

Flashbacks, time jumps, and head hopping

If a flashback is a backwards jump in narrative time, and a time jump is a forwards jump, then head hopping is usually a sideways jump. Another possibility is to have two or more narratives running concurrently, often from different time periods. We’ve all read...
Gus Silber reviews SPIRE

Gus Silber reviews SPIRE

Acclaimed South African journalist Gus Silber was kind enough to post this review of SPIRE online recently. What I love about it is that he really gets what attracted me to the South Pole setting – the extreme weather, the appalling isolation, and the...
When research becomes an information dump

When research becomes an information dump

A hard lesson The first book I did serious research for was Trinity On Air. It was my second published novel. With my first novel, Trinity Rising, I was writing about what I knew, which was being a student at Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape. Trinity On Air was...