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?

Novel Titles

My post today on my publisher’s website is about how I came up with the titles for my mystery novels.

New Year’s Resolution

Happy New Year

What is January without a discussion of New Year’s Resolutions? Here’s mine for 2018.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!

The holiday season was a cold one in Calgary, good for staying inside. I’ll be getting out soon to some writing events, starting with the January 11th launch of Loft 112′s Print(ed) Word Project. My short story “When a Warm Wind Blows off the Mountains” is privileged to be included in this creative and original collection.

Then, on Saturday, Jan 13th, 7:00 pm, I’ll participate in the first Loft Salon featuring artists and writers involved in the project. I’ll read from “Warm Wind” and my artist partner, Sylvia Arthur, will discuss how she turned my story into a work of art.

For more details, visit the Loft 112 Facebook page.

I wish you a happy and healthy 2018.

My apologies, South America

After my long holiday to Ontario and South America this fall, it was hard to meet the deadline for my regular Books We Love Author Blog Post.

Will poses with stone bust of poet Pablo Neruda, Isla Negra, Chile

Girl from Ipanema Bar and Restaurant, Rio de Janeiro

Today I blog about my embarrassing knowledge of South American writers.

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