Life and writing in lockdown

Posted Apr 3 2020 in , , , , , ,

When this is all over… I hear that phrase often these days as everyone, me included, wants life in 2020 to go back to ‘normal’ as soon as possible, whatever that ‘new normal’ will be. For the moment, though, life (and for me, writing), have to go on in lockdown. As such, I’m finding new ways […]

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Celebrating women who have gone before

Posted Mar 6 2020 in , , , , ,

To mark women’s history month (celebrated in March in the United States, UK and Australia), I’m this month’s featured author on my friend Mel Greenberg’s ‘Notes from the Nest’ blog. I’ve written a personal piece about what ‘women who have gone before’ mean in my own life, and how their example has helped me become […]

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Falling down, getting up and moving forward

Posted Feb 21 2020 in , , , , ,

Several weeks ago, while walking in my small town I slipped and fell on a patch of ice that lurked under a blanket of fresh snow. Since three generations of women in my mother’s family broke their hips, one when she was not much older me, that ‘legacy’ flashed across my mind as my feet […]

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Four things about “real me” that shape “author me”

Posted Jan 24 2020 in , , , ,

Every so often, I spot posts on social media asking people to share things about themselves that others may not know. In the case of friends, it’s a fun exercise because even when I think I know someone well, I also usually learn something new about them. And for an author or other public figure, […]

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Grit, passion and more: How my hometown shaped my life and writing

Posted Nov 29 2019 in , , , , ,

  Last weekend, something extraordinary happened for my hometown (American) football team. After twenty-nine long years, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers won the Grey Cup, the Canadian Football League (CFL) championship.  Unlike my late mom, I’m not a football fan. I gleaned the little I know of the game from glimpsing my high school team practicing […]

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In praise of ‘virtual’ friends

Posted Nov 15 2019 in , , , ,

While I’m blessed with many friends in my ‘real’ life (including one who goes back to my high school years and often reads this blog), my author life means I also have many ‘virtual’ friends—people I’ve connected with via social media who, at the click of a mouse, have been a source of encouragement, inspiration, […]

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Finishing a book, ‘nesting’ for winter, and celebrating writing milestones

Posted Nov 1 2019 in , , , , , , ,

Last week, I finished writing the sequel to The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls. For those of you who have read the first book in this series, the sequel is Annie’s sister Tara’s story. It will be my fifth published book (or eighth including the German editions of my Firefly Lake series) and together with the […]

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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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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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