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How my words become amazing illustrations with Tank and Fizz

mike-working01One of the best things about writing graphic novels for kids is watching my ideas take on a life of their own. And that’s exactly what’s happening with Tank & Fizz, my new mystery series coming soon from Orca Book Publishers.

Mike Deas, the man behind the monstrous illustrations recently posted some behind-the-scenes images of how he turns my words into pictures.  Check them out at: tankandfizz.com.

Early holiday present brings new mystery series!

With Christmas only a day away, I wanted to share with you a present from my creative pal, the amazing Mike Deas.

Introducing Tank & Fizz, monster detectives extraordinaire:


Tank & Fizz monster detectives and their pals.

They are also stars of Tank & Fizz Mysteries my brand new series, illustrated by Mike Deas and forthcoming from the amazing Orca Publishers.

This series has been in development for a while, but I’ve kept quiet about around here.  With these rough character sketches from Mike, the series is officially underway!

If I had to describe the series in one (really long) sentence, this would be it:

Tank and Fizz Mysteries is a monster and magic-filled dieselpunk-fantasy-noir mystery series for young readers gaining confidence with chapter books.

Think Max Finder Mystery meets Monster Manual for readers in Grade 1 – 3 and you’re getting there.

Expect to hear a lot more about this new series and these characters from Mike and I in the coming months.

In the meantime, here are a few more beasties young readers will get to know very well:


The rest of the monstrous characters.


Big thanks to Mike Deas for sharing the illustrations, Orca Publishers for agreeing that a detective series starring a troll and a goblin would be a good idea.

So, what do you think? Do you see giving Tank & Fizz Mysteries to a young reader in your life? Let me know in the comments below!

Max Finder Mystery Collected Casebook 6 available now

For you mystery fans keeping count Max Finder Mystery Collected Casebook Volume 6 is out and available at fine book stores everywhere. I received my stack earlier in the week and proceeded to spread them on my floor and take a photo. Here’s the result:

Impressive, isn’t it? In fact, I have so many copies that I’m thinking a giveaway is in order. I’ve never done a book giveaway, but the good people at Goodreads and beyond tell me it’s all the rage, and I’m all about the rage. ;)

So, stay tuned and I’ll have details about Max Finder Mystery book giveaway as soon as I figure out how go about it. Any experienced book giveawayers or book giveaway-receivers, interested in telling me how it’s done, feel free to drop me a comment down below.

So, what you workin’ on?

I get this question a lot. It also comes in the variety known as: “How’s the writing going?” Usually, I mumble something about what Max Finder has been up to, or how the Graphic Guide Adventure series continues to do well. But that’s it. I don’t really talk about what I’m currently writing. That’s because I’m scared. I’m scared that when I *talk* about my ideas people will think they’re not so great and give me the ol’ “Good luck with that,” talk.

It’s also because sometimes projects don’t pan out with a publisher who promised they would pan out and then decides that panning out is not in their favour. But that’s the stuff of another post, because this one is about telling you what I’ve been workin’ on.

Two words? A murder mystery.

More? A YA murder mystery set in a gaming convention celebrating the world’s most popular Massively Multiplayer Online game. No, not that one, another one I made up. It is fiction after all.

The book is for young adults, it’s called Ganked, and I’m having a blast writing it. I’m almost finished second round of edits and ready to send it out into the wild.

I’d love to tell you more but, as a writer I have a strict rule against telling when I should be showing. Don’t worry, I’ll be showing more in the coming weeks.

For now, you’ll just have to wait . . .