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Good news

My novel-in-progress, Ten Days in Summer, is a finalist in The Sandy Writing Contest, Thriller/Suspense/Mystery category. Winners will be announced at the Crested Butte Writers Conference in June. I wish I could be there. I feel especially good about this because Sandy was the name of my family dog.


Good News. My long short story “Pandemic” was a finalist in the December 2013 Glimmer Train Fiction Open Contest. “Pandemic” was inspired by my trip to Italy five years ago. I wrote the story mentally for several years before committing it to computer screen, seeking feedback, revising and sending it out. Many thanks to the [...]

Arthur Ellis Awards

Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Writing Short-list Announcement Party April 24, 2014   7-9 PM Owl’s Nest Bookstore Britannia Shopping Centre at Elbow Drive and 49th Avenue. 815A 49th Avenue SW Calgary, AB Crime Writers of Canada members Axel Howerton, Kirk Layton and Darlene Quaife will read from their writing, muse on the theme [...]

Mystery of War this afternoon

Saturday, 9 November 2013, 2:00pm The Mystery of War Join members of Crime Writers of Canada for an afternoon of readings and reflection From the innermost struggles of the lone individual through the most intimate of domestic battles and on up to the conflagrations that consume civilizations, War is an enduring fact of human existence. [...]

Owl’s Nest Reading

War and Mystery readings at Owl’s Nest Book Store on Saturday afternoon, Nov 9, in honour of Remembrance Day. Stay tuned for details. I’ll be reading new work.

Free library writing programs

The Calgary Public Library has some excellent programming coming up in the fall including free workshops on phenomenal plots and captivating characters (Sat. October 26)  plus “write-in” sessions (Sat. November 9th) with Calgary Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) inspiring you to craft your novel during November. Here is the registration link – these adult programs [...]

Doors Open Calgary

This is Doors Open weekend in Alberta. When I was in Banff last week, I noticed some historical buildings were open to the public. Calgary is offering a number of events today and Sunday This afternoon, Will and I did the tour of the Epcor Centre. It ended at a costume sale hosted by [...]

When Words Collide Panels

Someone kindly snapped pictures of me on two panels at When Words Collide this August.

When Words Collide is almost here

When Words Collide multi-genre writing conference gets going tomorrow (Friday). I’ll be there from my morning sex-writing workshop through the mystery writers’ evening party, with (I hope) an afternoon break at home. My first panel takes place Friday at 6:00 PM, right before the keynote addresses. “Eve of Destruction” features a half dozen mystery writers [...]

WWC Mystery Party

The When Words Collide party hosted by Calgary Crime Writers and the Crime Writers of Canada is shaping up to be a fun event. We’re going with a “Clue” game theme, with a half dozen of us assuming the roles of the colourful Clue characters: Miss Scarlett, Colonel Mustard etc. There will be punch, cake [...]

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