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A Benefit of Hoarding

On my publisher’s website today, you can read my blog post about how hoarding inspired my mystery novel. As research for Ten Days in Summer, I watched a couple of episodes of the TV show Hoarders.  It baffles me that people can enjoy such programs. Perhaps, for me, the show is too close to home. My mother was far from [...]

Trying Scrivener

For years, I’ve listened to fellow writers rave about Scrivener, a word-processing program designed for book-length manuscripts and screenplays. Scrivener, it’s said, helps writers organize notes, concepts, research and documents for easy access and reference. One friend claimed he couldn’t write his novels without it. Since Scrivener is most useful for first drafts, I told myself I’d consider [...]

Remembering Vimy

From April 9-12, 1917 the WWI Battle of Vimy Ridge took place. A largely Canadian army captured the German-held escarpment in rural France, today a 2 hour drive north of Paris, and forced a German retreat. This week’s newspaper accounts of the 100 year anniversary of that decisive battle have reminded me of my trip there with my [...]

Guest Blogger

Today, I’m guesting on my publisher’s website with a blog post called How the Calgary Stampede Inspired My Murder Mystery Novel. Books We Love has given me a regular slot on their Author Insider Blog, the 12th of every month. By the time I got there, most of the other days had been claimed. That’s [...]

Janet’s books

In my blog yesterday, I interviewed BWL author Janet Lane-Walters. Today, read about three of Janet’s numerous published books. Janet mentions my new book and the launch for Ten Days in Summer in her blog. The Aries Libra Connection (Opposites in Love) by Janet Lane-Walters Jenessa is Aries, a nurse, union advocate and likes a good [...]

Meet Janet Lane-Walters

My fellow BWL author, Janet Lane-Walters, invited me to visit her blog today. See Janet’s blog for my answers to the following questions, which I have asked Janet. Question 1.  Welcome Janet. Tell us readers, what were you in your life before you became a writer? Did this influence your writing? I think I always was [...]

A Lofty Experiment

On a warm Friday evening this January, I attended a fun event at Loft 112. Twelve visual artists and nine writers (plus three in absentia) sipped drinks, munched snacks and introduced ourselves and our work. I described my short story “When a Warm Wind Blows Off the Mountains.” Written over ten years ago, the story finally [...]

The Mental

Inside the Mental: Silence, Stigma, Psychiatry, and LSD by Kay Parley continues my blog series on mental health. At 179 pages and not much larger than my hand, Inside the Mental offers something different — an inside look at mental health treatment in Canada during the 1950s and 60s. In 1948, Kay Parley suffered a breakdown as a [...]

Going Global

It shows how global our marketplace has become when the first person to buy the print version of my new novel, Ten Days in Summer, lives overseas in Great Britain. Two summers ago, Barb visited us with my sister-in-law. They toured the Rockies and fulfilled Barb’s long-time wish of attending the Calgary Stampede. When they left, I gave Barb a [...]


When Panic Attacks: the new, drug-free anxiety therapy that can change your life by David D. Burns, M.D., continues my blog series about books on modern psychiatry. I picked up this book because some 25 years ago I read Dr. Burns’ earlier bestseller, Feeling Good: the new mood therapy, for a psychology course and found [...]

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