Category Archives: Latest News

Manuscript complete – and some useful takeaways from the journey!

UPDATE 05/01/2017: ‘I will never claim to have finished a manuscript again, until it is either binned or metamorphosed into a beautiful book, sitting in the stores and waiting for a new owner. I first posted this blog November 2015 …
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Hooray for being a Kiwi! – Jonathan K Benton

Feeling a little home sick: it’s times like this that I love being a Kiwi. Pink Floyd’s new album reached number one in NZ. I’ve always known Kiwi’s have great taste. My B’day is just around the corner and I …
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There’s not enough time but there’s always time for a writing tip – Jonathan K Benton

I’m approaching the end of my new manuscript and I’m really excited. This book has been a collaborative effort – I’ve realised that you don’t have to write solo. My mentor’s contribution has been immense and I’m kind of hoping …
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Two more P’s and a progress update – Jonathan K Benton

Halfway through the year, and I’m about to start writing the climax to my new novel. It’s Part One of a young adult fantasy trilogy and should be finished by January 2014. I’ve spent the last nine months polishing the …
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Then the news came on – Jonathan K Benton

It’s hard to blog deep every week. I have to mix it up because most of my creative energy is spent on my new manuscript. Sometimes an idea germinates and I’m driven into a flurry of blogging activity, like what …
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A Tale of Two Presidents – Jonathan K Benton

A Tale of Two Presidents It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of life-saving medical advancement, it was the age of life-taking weapons of mass destruction; it was the spring of …
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Sometimes it’s important not to write – and my thought for the week. Jonathan K Benton

Writing tip: Yesterday was one of my most productive days yet, and I didn’t write a single word. I sat in a café with two extremely talented individuals discussing our respective manuscripts. Discussing ideas is important – I now have …
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The Prologue for my next book and a Q and A with the main character – Jonathan K Benton

Prologue So this is fear. The man stood trembling on the edge of the plank as dark clouds tumbled towards the boat. The approaching storm sent cannonballs of wind to clear its path. Inside the storm, the ocean was black. …
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Returning to the keyboard – Book 2 of my young adult fantasy series

I’m on holiday, which means writing. I’ve given myself four weeks to finish the first draft of the next book in the Minaea Chronicles. I’m loving returning to Minaea. I’m also enjoying the change of scenery on Earth for Part …
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A Wicked Kind of Dark – Book signing – Angus and Robertson Post Office Square

Angus and Robertson are holding a book signing for A Wicked Kind of Dark at their Post Office Square store in Brisbane’s CBD on Thursday 19th September. I’ll be there between 12 and 2.30 pm to sign copies. I live …
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