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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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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“Death and taxes”

Posted May 3 2019 in , , ,

Here in Canada, taxes were due on April 30 this year. As such, the phrase “death and taxes” (usually attributed to a 1789 letter by Benjamin Franklin in which he said they were the only two things certain in life), has been much on my mind.  Multiple currencies and tax years As someone who both […]

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Why do I write?

Posted Feb 8 2019 in , , ,

In a Facebook group this week, another writer asked: “Why do you write?”  While the answer is different for each writer, the question made me think about the constants from when I first started my writing journey—enthusiastic and starry eyed—through to now—still enthusiastic but more realistic.  Making sense of the world  Making sense of the […]

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Reading habits

Posted Aug 31 2018 in , , , , ,

One of my Facebook friends, cozy mystery author Lena Gregory, recently posted a question about reading habits, asking “how many books do you read on average?” She also noted that while she “used to read between three and five books a week,” these days, her reading time isn’t nearly as plentiful. Lena’s question intrigued me, […]

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Celebrating fictional heroines: My top five

Posted Jun 8 2018 in , , , , ,

In each story I write, I aim to create strong, independent heroines who face real-life challenges that other women can relate to. I’ve realized, though, that the heroines and their journeys I create in my own books have much to do with my favourite fictional heroines—the girls and women who shaped me as a person, as […]

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