John Lennon’s Boyhood Home

BWL table in the WWC Merchants' Room.

Me and John across the street from Liverpool’s Cavern Club, which launched The Beatles to fame.

Today, on my publisher’s website, I blog about my visit to the boyhood home of a famous song writer, John Lennon.

Meanwhile, today I’m off to When Words Collide Festival For Readers and Writers.  At noon I’ll be on a panel discussion on Creating Tension.

Summer Projects

Rummel Lake hike in Kananaskis with friends

My goal for June and July was to finish the revision of my next novel, To Catch a Fox, while enjoying our summer weather. This was a challenge, as my self-editing has to be done on computer and I can’t work on my laptop outside due to the glare on the screen. I managed to reach my goal largely by getting up early some mornings to work and plowing through chapters on our occasional days of bad weather. Last week I completed my revision and sent the manuscript to my editor. Yay! But now my goal for the rest of the summer is to catch up on a multitude of computer tasks I’ve set aside — and continue to spend time outside biking, hiking, hanging out with friends and reading on my back patio.

Shakespeare & Ten Days in Summer

Today on my publisher’s website I blog about my recent visit to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.

Also, good news for Ten Days in Summer. My publisher, BWL Ltd., participated in a special Kobo sale that ran over the Canada Day long weekend.  Kobo advised us that three BWL titles made the top 5 best sellers in the promotion:

Ten Days in Summer (9781772994056): 56 Units
Brides of Banff Springs (9781772992717): 36 Units
The Deepest Dark ( 781771452090): 22 Units

Carpooling with Paul

Me at John Lennon's home, where he lived from age five until he hit it big with The Beatles

Where Paul McCartney lived from about age 12-18

This week’s segment of Carpool Karaoke on the Late Late Show with James Corden brought back memories. Especially memories of my holiday last month in Liverpool, where I visited many of these same sights, but without Beatle Paul McCartney by my side. I even enjoyed a drink at the Philharmonic bar, where Paul performed in the video to a surprised and enthusiastic audience. Later this summer, I plan to write blog posts about my tour of Paul’s and John Lennon’s boyhood homes, as well as stops at Liverpool sites such as Penny Lane and the Cavern Club. It was a truly fab experience for a Beatles’ fan.

Jane Austen’s Home

Will & me at Jane Austen's house

Me & friends in Windsor

My husband Will and I spent a delightful month of May in England and Scotland. We chose this destination because 40 years ago we went to the UK on our honeymoon. Some of our activities this time were repeats–climbing to the dome of St. Paul’s Cathedral and taking a day trip to Windsor, which was preparing for the wedding of a young couple. But most of our sights were new.

In addition to being a month that re-energized me, the trip provided material for my regular blog posts on my publisher’s website. During the next months these posts will focus on my encounters with places associated with British authors. First up is Jane Austen.

When Words Collide

Susan and author Will Ferguson in Roaring Twenties costume at the 2017 WWC banquet

Calgary’s When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers is only three months away. Today I write about WWC on the Books We Love Author Blog.

Song, Dance & The End of the World

Leading the audience in song

I had fun this week at the launch of Sarah L. Johnson’s first novel, the apocalyptic Infractus, released by Calgary’s Coffin Hop Press. My name was drawn for one of the door prizes. Winners had to come up to the front of the auditorium and lead the audience in a sing-a-long, with lyrics posted on a giant screen. We drew our prizes from a grab bag of items related to the novel. I won a Holy Bible, autographed by the author. My seatmate got a toy dragon.

An Evening with William Deverell

a fun event

On Wednesday April 18th I’ll be participating in this exciting event.

The evening will feature a one-on-one conversation between award winning Canadian author William Deverell and Crime Writers of Canada Prairie Director, David Poulsen (Cullen and Cobb Mysteries). William Deverell, a successful trial lawyer and creator of the acclaimed CBC series Street Legal, will also read from his latest Arthur Beauchamp novel, Whipped, and answer audience questions. Throughout the evening western Canadian crime writers Jayne Barnard, Susan Calder, Dwayne Clayden and R.M. Greenaway will announce this year’s Arthur Ellis Awards finalists.  The event will be capped off with a 35th anniversary celebration of the Crime Writers of Canada – with cake!

Free. Everyone welcome

What is a Novel Chapter?

What prompts you to turn the page and keep reading?

Today on my publisher’s website I blog about what constitutes a novel chapter.


Winter Getaway

Canadian winter isn't cold if you bundle up.

Today on the BWL Author BlogSpot I write about my winter getaway to Ottawa and the world’s coldest capital cities. Can you guess which city is #1?

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