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My father had a small business which I thought imprisoned him, so when I was growing up I swore I would never “do retail.” Boy, was I wrong.  As an author, I wound up owning my own small business and it’s as vulnerable to com…

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Thank you, Brad, for giving me the excuse to read some crime novels, though I hardly needed it because this genre—and mystery—are my favorites. One consideration I faced when reviewing these books: how to balance the fast-forward eagerne…

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One question I’m often asked is how I got started writing and when. That’s a good question, but I think the better question may be, why didn’t I ever stop writing, after so many rejection letters over so many years.  Believe m…

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One of the factors that drove me to write Whereabouts Unknown was the idea of including disability in the narrative.  While crime fiction does have some representation of crime fighters with disabilities, I wanted more.  My reasons were p…

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Successful book trailers are slick, smart, fast-paced, a bit edgy, attention-grabbing, accurately reflective of the book’s content and vibe, and their creation is best left to professionals. So, of course, on the strength of years of producing…

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Blog post:   How I Got Published by Ignoring Bad Advice Anne Rice said the worst writing advice she ever got was, “Write what you know.” It’s not difficult to understand why Anne Rice especially felt that way! There are tw…

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I follow a “no guns or knives” policy for the instigating murders in my Mourning Dove Mysteries series, so one of the most challenging parts in writing each of these novels is coming up with a unique way to kill someone.   Anyone …

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Where do poems come from? After having written nearly two hundred, I still don’t know. I wrote my first poem when I was ten. It won Honourable Mention in a poetry contest at Princess Anne Public School in Windsor ON. It feels like I’ve b…

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I’ve always enjoyed reading stories with characters who reflected my own life in some way, even if those stories were fantastical. Whether it was Poe firing my young imagination and expanding my vocabulary, or Alice Walker challenging my assum…

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Not long ago I was hiking in a nearby county park on an overcast afternoon. The forest canopy was so thick it seemed like twilight. I heard an owl hooting and recognized it as a Great Horned, which I’ve been fortunate to spot several times whe…

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