Alone time

Posted Jul 14 2017 in , ,

Like most writers, I’m an introvert. Although I can extrovert when I have to (at conferences and reader events, for example), I’m happiest living inside my head and need frequent alone time, preferably at home, to recharge before facing the world again. As I write this post, though, I’m in a very unfamiliar place for […]

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Meet me at the diner: Susanna Bavin author of “The Deserter’s Daughter”

Posted Jun 30 2017 in , , , ,

In this occasional series on my blog, I’m chatting with my friend Susanna Bavin, whose debut novel, The Deserter’s Daughter, was published on June 22nd. Susanna and I are both members of the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) in the UK. We met via Twitter and haven’t stopped emailing since! She’s a dear and supportive friend […]

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The women in my life

Posted Jun 16 2017

One of the reasons I write romantic women’s fiction is because in addition to the central (and sometimes secondary) romance(s), readers find stories of hope and healing that explore aspects of women’s lives—not only a loving partnership but personal growth through relationships with children, extended families, friends, and communities. Personal and family challenges have made […]

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Life lessons from a dog

Posted Jun 2 2017 in , , ,

When I was living a life that didn’t fit me, I thought about the one that would. The life I then imagined was bracketed by what I called “the three p’s” – porch, pooch and pickup truck. All three represented a more authentic way of living that was better aligned with the values I hold […]

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Ice cream season is here!

Posted May 19 2017 in , , , , ,

As you may know, I like ice cream. Although I’ve indulged even when wearing my parka, it’s summer when ice cream comes into its own as my treat of choice. Ice cream features in my two “summer” books. Strawberry Sensation has special memories for the hero and heroine in The Cottage at Firefly Lake, and […]

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An award nomination & visiting London with Catherine’s Cultural Wednesdays

Posted May 5 2017 in , , ,

As some of you know, my first book, The Cottage at Firefly Lake, has been shortlisted for The Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Joan Hessayon Award for 2017. All the nominees (see the full list here and discover their wonderful books) will gather for the award presentation at the RNA Summer party in London, England on […]

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Meet me at the diner: Kate Field author of “The Magic of Ramblings”

Posted Apr 21 2017 in , , , , , ,

In the second of this occasional series on my blog, I’m chatting with my friend Kate Field whose first book, The Magic of Ramblings, was published in September 2016 by Accent Press. Like me, Kate is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) in the UK. She lives with her husband and daughter in […]

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Thank you to my readers…and a giveaway to celebrate kindness

Posted Apr 7 2017 in , , , , , , ,

It’s been a little over two months since The Cottage at Firefly Lake was published. In that time, many of you have taken my story into your lives and hearts. Thank you for buying my book and asking for it in stores. Thank you for asking your local library to order it. And thank you […]

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Hitting the “pause” button

Posted Mar 24 2017 in , , , , ,

For the past few years and, much like the dogs in one of my favourite early childhood stories, my life has been on “fast forward.” Between moving from England to Canada, launching my career as a published author, managing several family estates, and becoming the primary caregiver for a teen daughter diagnosed with a chronic […]

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Too many blonds and a magical dog

Posted Mar 10 2017 in , , , , , ,

One of the many wonderful things about being a published author is having the support of a team of people who help me become a better writer. In the past week, I’ve worked on agent’s edits for my third book, Back Home at Firefly Lake (March 2018), and copyeditor’s queries for the second book, Summer […]

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