Asking ‘what if’ and building a book: ‘The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls’

Posted Oct 18 2019 in , , , , , ,

My new book (and first in a new series), The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls, came out last week. I’m heartened by how many of you are excited to read the story and touched by the lovely things early readers have said about it. If you’ve already posted a review on Amazon, Goodreads or elsewhere, […]

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Community, connections and crisscrossing a continent

Posted Oct 4 2019 in , , , , ,

As many of you know, I was in Albuquerque, New Mexico last week attending my first Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) retreat. Held annually, it offers independent writing time, but also includes workshops, discussion and working groups, and social events to help writers foster new connections and community. This year’s retreat focused on the writing […]

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Technical difficulties…

Posted Sep 20 2019 in , , , ,

Dear blog readers,  Owing to technical difficulties over the past few weeks, I haven’t scheduled a blog post today. I’ll return with a new post on October 4, 2019. Thank you for your understanding and patience, and a grateful shout-out to the tech support specialists who are helping me get ‘back to business as usual’ […]

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Shopping and mother-daughter bonding

Posted Sep 6 2019 in , , ,

Shopping together is one of the things I enjoyed (and miss) doing with my mother. Although we usually didn’t buy much, wandering around the shops and then having lunch was when Mom and I had some of our best talks. In between teaching me how to spot a bargain, upcycle a dated outfit with trendy […]

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A time of losses and gains

Posted Aug 23 2019 in , , , ,

One of my favourite series of books, loved in childhood and which I still return to as ‘comfort reads’ as an adult, is the Little House stories by American author Laura Ingalls Wilder. Those books taught me about resilience, cheerfulness in the face of difficulties, and finding a silver lining, no matter how grey the […]

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Saying goodbye to my childhood home

Posted Aug 9 2019 in , , ,

I’m writing this post from my hometown in the Canadian province of Manitoba, a place I left when I was in my early twenties and, apart from brief visits, I built my adult life elsewhere. Now, though, I’m doing the final clear-out of my late parents’ home in preparation for selling it—those four walls and […]

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What I learned on my summer vacation: Author life meets real life

Posted Jul 26 2019 in , , , , , ,

When I was at school, the first writing assignment after the long summer holiday was usually about what I learned on vacation.  While I never enjoyed that exercise—the dullness of distilling those magical eight weeks on a sole sheet of lined paper to a prescribed structure—I thought of it again recently thanks to the two […]

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Hello summer and time to refill my creative well

Posted Jun 28 2019 in , , , , , ,

English Rose wrote her last exam this week so is now off school until September. My weekly ballet class and choir practice are on hiatus for the summer, and my neighbor’s peonies are blooming in pink profusion. And ever so slightly, my family’s usual routine has shifted into a slower, summertime mode. For me, summer […]

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Remembering my dad…on Father’s Day and always

Posted Jun 14 2019 in , , , ,

I’m about to mark my tenth Father’s Day without my dad. Although time has lessened the raw grief of his death, his absence is still and always will be a “hole” in my life familiar to all “orphaned children” no matter how old. I thought of Dad especially during the recent D-Day commemorations. Although he […]

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Advice to my younger self

Posted May 31 2019 in , , ,

 On social media and elsewhere recently, many people are giving advice to their younger selves. Some posts are short and pithy (no major accomplishment without significant “butt hurt” is an especially topical one for writers!), but others are longer and thoughtful reflections about the meaning of life. Long or short, they’ve made me think about what […]

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