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Skyrmion BookLife Review

In this immersive, intricately plotted mystery set in a near-future dystopia, Poncy (Bartlett House) challenges the concept of reality versus simulation. In 2035 the American government is owned by a corporate oligarchy that has privatized all services, leaving devastating poverty in its wake. Citizens spend their time on the internet-like Grid inside the New Life virtual reality world. But when Seattle private investigator Bridge Whitedeer—known as Claire Deluna in New Life—follows the trail of several […]

Patricia J. McLean

Ghosts of Saint-Pierre is finished!

It’s hard to believe it has been nearly five years since we began writing Ghosts of Saint-Pierre in the spring of 2017. But now it’s back from our editor and we’ve had the French and Kreyole phrases vetted, and we are very happy with the results. What’s next? That’s the big question, and the hardest part of this journey. Should we try to find an independent press to publish it? Or should we publish it […]

Patricia J. McLean

Ghosts of Saint-Pierre

Ghosts of Saint-Pierre is a fictional biography based upon the real life of a man who left Saint-Pierre, Martinique a few short years before Mont Pelée buried the city in fire and ash, taking the lives of 30,000 souls, including all of his loved ones. It is the story of Duane’s own grandfather, Paul Poncy, who as a young man in Saint-Pierre was related to some of the richest and most powerful families of Martinique, […]

Patricia J. McLean

The Sweetland Quartet

Skyrmion, the first book of the Sweetland Quartet by Duane Poncy is in final draft and will soon be going out to publishers. Wish me luck! For those left behind, the act of crossing over to Sweetland is, literally, no different than death, but Joe Larivee believes he has seen the other side, and now he must decide: is Sweetland real, and, if so, does he follow his daughter and lover and escape from the […]

Patricia J. McLean
On the Jolly boat

On the Jolly boat

Thought I’d share an illustration I made for Adventures of Yvonne, which a children’s story inside of our novel, Ghosts of Saint Pierre. Yvonne is the little girl seated in the center of the boat, between her mother and her brother, Andre. They are on their way to board the Liberté, a pirate ship on which Maman has hired on as a galley cook with the captain, Marie Le Méchant.

Patricia J. McLean