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Where I write for inspiration (My cottage retreat!)

A lot of people have asked me if I get up in the morning and write or if I set time aside every day to write and the answer is no, I lack that kind of discipline. But I do … Continue reading

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How I wrote Hungry Ghosts (a glimpse into the creative process)

My third book in the Inspector Ramirez series, Hungry Ghosts, will be out on June 2, published by Simon and Schuster Canada. I recently spoke at a Women in Business Conference in Ottawa (see pic below) and was asked by … Continue reading

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Numbering chapters- a couple of tips

I have three manuscripts on the go right now: Hungry Ghosts will hit the ARC stage this week, Umbrella Man is with external readers, and Famine Bay is out with my editor. With three other books published, you’d think I would have figured out … Continue reading

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Pet Peeves – Dialect instead of Dialogue

I confess: I really hate reading books where the authors have decided to write dialogue in dialect. I don’t want to read a book where I have to struggle to figure out what people are saying. As soon as the … Continue reading

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Organizing your work-in-progress

I know authors who outline like crazy before they write. I’m not one of them. I have no idea where the story will take me when I start writing; I’m a true pantser. But I typically hit a point at … Continue reading

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The Jigonsaseh

I’m working on my first historical fiction novel, tentatively entitled The Jigonsaseh. It takes place in 1687 in New France and New York and involves interaction between the Iroquois and the French and their allied Indians. What’s happened, which I love, … Continue reading

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Leaving Loose Ends Untied (Breaking Bad)

Deciding when to end a book (or a TV show) isn’t easy.  As a devoted fan of Breaking Bad, I’ve been really interested in how they planned to shut that series  down.  That’s the challenge for all of us who tell … Continue reading

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Alex Colville, Mount A, and why bad reviews shouldn’t matter

I went to Mount Allison in the 1970s. Alex Colville was almost like an artist-in-residence, not in the sense that he was physically there in person , but because his art hung everywhere. There was a giant mural over the … Continue reading

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