I live in a small town in rural, eastern Ontario, Canada. In the nineteenth century, my Irish ancestors built new lives here, in what was then a rugged wilderness. Today, it’s a landscape of comfortable farms, peaceful lakes, historic inns, and thriving communities where houses with welcoming porches nestle along quiet, tree-lined streets. The way of life I depict in the world of my books is drawn from my experiences in these communities where my roots run deep.
My “Firefly Lake” series is set in a fictional small town in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, and I was also inspired by Lake Placid in northern New York state. I got to know and love these special areas through family vacations, and am excited to give readers a glimpse of them through my books.
Dogs also feature in my books and in my first book, THE COTTAGE AT FIREFLY LAKE (releasing January 2017), the hero’s dog, Shadow, is drawn from a beloved family pet, posing here while playing in the snow.