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Using Your Hobbies and Interests in Stories

Summer is officially here. For my June commitment on the BWL Author Insider Blog I wrote about one of my favourite activities, hiking, and how I made use of it my three novels. * Ten years ago, when my husband Will retired, we joined a hiking club. In a recent radio interview, I talked about [...]

A Tale of Two Writing Conferences

Here’s the post I wrote for my May blog on my publisher BWL’s website. * Every August I attend When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers here in my home city of Calgary. I don’t need to travel far. The weekend festival takes place at a hotel a fifteen walk from my home. In February, [...]

Launching a Novel

In case you missed it, here is my April 12th blog, which was posted on my publisher BWL’s website. * On March 26th I hosted a book launch for my new novel, To Catch a Fox. For the venue, I chose Owl’s Nest Books in Calgary because I’d held launches there for my two previous [...]

Never Say Never

For those who missed my monthly author blog post on the BWL website, here it is: Twenty-five years ago, I finished my first novel manuscript. While I often have trouble coming up with titles, this title, To Catch a Fox, appeared on the first page. It came from a mystery novel, The ABC Murders by [...]

My Top Five Reasons to Host a Book Launch

For those who missed my regular post on my publisher’s website last month, here it is: Last fall a writer friend asked me, “Is it worthwhile having a book launch?” I immediately answered, “Yes.” I’d hosted launches for my first two novels and planned to have one for my third release, To Catch a Fox. [...]

February is Psychology Month Leaves us With Questions

I wrap up February Psychology Month with a look at evolution and Anxiety/Depression: two sides of the same coin? In the 1950s and 60s, anxiety was the most commonly diagnosed mood disorder in North America. People talked of the Age of Anxiety; The Rolling Stones sang about Mother’s Little Helper, a reference to a tranquilizer [...]

Fighting the Demons

My re-posts about modern pschology and psychiatry continues with The Noonday Demon: an Atlas of Depression by Andrew Solomon. I chose this book because a couple of other books I read mentioned it, with praise. National Book Award winner; Pulitzer Prize Finalist Demon differs from those other books for several reasons. The author, Solomon, is [...]

The Age Of Anxiety

For February, Canada’s Psychology Month, I continue re-visiting my blog post reviews of popular psychology books.  Here’s the second re-post: When Panic Attacks: the new, drug-free anxiety therapy that can change your life by David D. Burns, M.D. I picked up this book because some 25 years ago I read Dr. Burns’ earlier bestseller, Feeling [...]

February Blue Monday

Every month deserves a Blue Monday. For February, Psychology Month, here is my blog post written two years ago and revisited. While researching a holiday to Provence, France, I stumbled upon The Van Gogh Blues: the Creative Person’s Path Through Depression by Eric Maisel, Ph.D.  My husband Will and I planned to spend a week [...]

(R)Evolutionary Theories

For Valentine’s Day, let’s look at Evolution in relation to Psychology Month. Psychiatric symptoms are manifestations of ancient adaptive strategies that are no longer appropriate, but can be understood and treated in an evolutionary and development context. That’s the premise of the book Evolutionary Psychiatry by Anthony Stevens and John Price, published in 1996 & [...]

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