WWC: productive & fun

Ruth, Susan, Pam & Sherry

What a busy and fun weekend at Calgary’s When Words Collide Festival  for Readers and Writers. A highlight was the Saturday evening banquet. My friends and I got into the mood, with our flapper costumes for the event’s Roaring Twenties theme.

Sherry kicked up her legs to dance the Charleston.

Pam posed provocatively.


Two ladies grabbed me for a photo of ‘three women in red. ‘

Women in Red

But WWC wasn’t all about frivolity.

I sat on a number of panels, spent a few hours guarding the Writers Guild of Alberta information table, learned things about writing and promotion, and sold a few books.

I’m already thinking of ideas for next year — after a needed return to normal.

Nancy Bell & Jude Pittman at the BWL table in the Merchants Corner

Panel on Fragility & Mental Illness Within Story

It’s When Words Collide Weekend!

Serious: Me on a WWC panel

This weekend, I’m enjoying my seventh straight year at Calgary’s When Words Collide Festival for Readers and Writers – three full days of seriousness and fun.

Today I blog about my experiences at the festival on the Books We Love Insider Blog.

Fun: Meeting up with writer friends - Sandra & Sarah

WWC — 3 weeks away

Me in flapper dress

I’m gearing up for this year’s Whe Word’s Collide Festival for Readers and Writers, which takes place Aug 11-13 at the Delta Calgary South. This year I’ll be on six panels, all of them in the hotel’s Tower building:

Beyond Traditional and Self-Publishing, Fri 3 pm, Fireside room

Aging Series Characters, Sat 10 am, Parkland room

The Mystery of Mysteries, Sat 12 pm, Bonavista room

Absolute Mystery Basics, Sat 3 pm, Willow Park room

Fragility & Mental Illness Within Story, Sun 2 pm, Bonavista room

The Thrill of the Smoking Gun, Sun 3 pm, Parkland room

I’ll also be doing a shift or two at the Books We Love authors table in the Merchants’ Corner and attending the Mass Autograph Session (Sat 8-10 pm) and Roaring Twenties themed banquet.

It’s shaping up to be a fun and hectic weekend. Hope to see you there!


Today’s the day for my monthly post on my publisher’s website and I’m blogging about our Calgary Stampede.

Stampede Rodeo

More Side-saddled

Susan Calder, emcee Shaun Hunter & fellow reader Aritha van Herk

More pictures from our June 29th pre-Stampede Side-saddled reading and discussion.

Lookin' western

Yahoo for Side-saddled

Great fun last night our joint reading Side-saddled: Local Writers Take on the Stampede. I was awed by the turnout – about 80 people. Everyone seemed enthused and interested in the readings and discussion about all aspects of the Stampede, from mini-donuts to animal treatment. I learned so much and will now be more observant of our annual happening. Several people who attended told me they found it the perfect launch into the Calgary Stampede season.  Many thanks to the Calgary Public Library and Wordfest for hosting, and for Shelf Life books for bringing our books for sale.

Happy Canada 150 Day!

Shaun Hunter, Susan Calder, Aritha van Herk, Emily Ursuliak and Kris Demeanor

Side-saddled at the CPL

Aritha van Herk promises riding tricks

I’m gearing up for my first event of the Calgary Stampede season Side-saddled: Local Writers Take on the Stampede. I’ll be reading from my novel Ten Days in Summer, set during the Stampede, and chatting with local authors Aritha van Herk, Emily Ursuliak, Kris Demeanor and emcee Shaun Hunter about all things Stampede.

The event takes place  Thursday, June 29 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM, in Memorial Park Library’s lovely second floor presentation room, 1221 2 Street SW, Calgary.

You can register on the Calgary Public Library’s website, but this isn’t necessary.

Come dressed western if you want and sample some home baked mini-donuts.


Blog Swap

Cool graphic designed by J. Q. and posted on her website

When my fellow BWL author J. Q. Rose invited me to guest blog in her Summer Readers Circle, I leapt at the opportunity. She scheduled me for today, June 16th. I suggested we swap blog posts on the same day and write on the same topic. J. Q. proposed we both blog about what inspired us to write our books. 

My blog today features J. Q.’s post titled My Inspiration for the Romantic Suspense Novel, Dangerous Sanctuary. In the post, she also talks about her non-fiction book written to empower and inspire girls called Girls Succeed: The Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women.

If you read and comment on J. Q.’s post through one of the simple methods outlined, you’ll automatically be entered in a draw to win a free ebook of Dangerous Sanctuary. Deadline is Tuesday, June 20, 10:00 pm EDST.

And then you can go to J. Q. Rose’s website, read my post and make a comment for a chance to win a free ebook of Ten Days in Summer.

Happy Reading!

Boston With Bostonians

In Boston Public Garden

Today is my date in June for the Books We Love Insider Blog. Check out my photo blog post about my recent trip to Boston.

Bunker Hill Monument

On a street in Beacon Hill, Boston

On the shelf at Indigo Signal Hill

A friend of my sister’s from high school kindly took this photo for me.

Joanne and her son work at Indigo Signal Hill, Calgary. Thanks, Joanne, for noticing this.

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