10 Things I’d Like Authors to Give Me as a Reader

Since the times I remember sneaking off to read my mother’s books instead of doing the vacuuming, I’ve had a love affair with words on a page and the secret stories they tell. Here are some of the things that keep me coming back over and over to the second love of my life–reading. Characters […]

Play the Writer’s Long Game for Success

Writers have to be prepared to think in terms of the long game. First of all there’s the decision of actually becoming a writer and that’s often a hard one. Toughest for me was deciding long after I’d been writing my first novel for months that I really could be called a writer.¬† An author? […]

Caught in the Crossfire: Ordinary People

Yesterday the news was full of yet another shooting of innocent people, this time in San Bernardino, California. The reports are somewhat conflicting but what we do know is that fourteen people who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time–at a holiday celebration!–are now dead and a good number more are […]

History, Fiction, and Where the Two Meet

¬†NOTE: Last fall for the launch of The Loyalist’s Luck I guest posted on a number of sites through the Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tour. Today’s post is an updated version of one of those posts. Suddenly voices sounded ahead of him and he clenched his weapon. Not fifty feet away a tall red-jacketed officer […]

7 Winning Ways to Get Your Writing and Book Marketing Done

Today I’m looking at winter pictures to keep cool as the temperature is way up there and with the humidity feels even higher. Note to travelers: if you plan on visiting southern Ontario, come in spring or fall, unless you love heat. Just looking at the ice covering these trees cools me down, though, and […]