Endings and new beginnings

Posted Sep 8 2017 in , , , , , ,

The leaves on the maple trees are changing from green to red, yellow, and orange here in the Rideau Valley, and as another summer transitions to autumn, endings and new beginnings are much on my mind. English Rose started high school this week, a major life milestone for her and me as well. In what […]

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Celebrating my second book birthday: Summer on Firefly Lake

Posted Jul 28 2017 in , , , , ,

The second book in my Firefly Lake series, Summer on Firefly Lake, was published this week. It’s the sequel to The Cottage at Firefly Lake and, although connected by the setting and some recurring characters, each book also stands alone. In Summer on Firefly Lake, Mia, the heroine, is recovering from a painful divorce and […]

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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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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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Meet me at the diner: Debut author Arlene McFarlane

Posted Dec 2 2016 in , , , ,

With this post, I’m launching a new, occasional series on my blog featuring interviews with author friends about their new releases. I’ve called it “meet me at the diner” because in the small communities I write about, diners are gathering places with a special, hometown feel. My first guest is Arlene McFarlane, whose debut release, […]

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Remembering my mom…and a special giveaway

Posted Nov 18 2016 in , , , , , ,

Sunday, November 20th is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. It’s a day I’ve marked since my mother was killed crossing a street while returning home from an ordinary, afternoon shopping trip. Road death is sudden, shocking, and it forever changes the lives of loved ones left behind. Although the loss of my […]

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“You’re not from around here, are you?”

Posted Nov 4 2016 in , , ,

I often describe myself as linguistically confused. Although I grew up in prairie Canada, I haven’t lived there in many years. As Tech Guy would attest, and except when I’m speaking with old friends, any remnants of my childhood Midwestern twang have long since disappeared from my everyday speech. In various day jobs, I’ve written […]

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What’s in a name?

Posted Oct 21 2016 in , , , ,

In the past month, I’ve been called Rebecca, Mary, Megan, and Jessica. At church last Sunday, another parishioner asked me where “Jennifer” was, mixing up English Rose and I.   Together with a struggle to name a character in my work in progress, and a report in Britain’s Daily Mail  newspaper that nearly a fifth of parents regret […]

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Letting go

Posted Sep 9 2016 in , , , , ,

“You’re the writer. Spin it.” I didn’t appreciate it then, but those words, spoken by a sales guy with a swagger, a bespoke suit, and a Porsche, marked a defining moment in my life. Although I’d dabbled in fiction, I wasn’t writing it seriously. Instead, my days were filled with crafting sales, marking and PR copy. Or speeches where […]

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