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Writing in a Pandemic

Everyone has been asking me if I have been getting a lot of writing done during the pandemic. Uh…no. I find I can’t concentrate enough to create, too much going on, and after beating myself up about it, decided it was okay. Sometimes we just need to be as nice to ourselves as we would tell others to be. So instead I have been working on getting a book I published in 1998, and the publisher... read more

Where Do You Get Those Ideas????

One question I get all the time from school visits or readings is where do you get your story ideas from: My answer is: everywhere! I listen to conversations between people in coffee shops, etc. Yes that is creepy, but I believe it is public domain. Old newspapers give me great ideas. Think we are weird now? We were way weirder back fifty years or so. Every small town museum I go to, I ask if they have any... read more

Beyond the Books Author Spotlight

For those in the London (Ontario) area, I’ll be at Western this Wednesday (March 7 2018) for an author event hosted by Beyond the Books. I’ll be with other local authors, Emma Donoghue (Room), Adrienne Kress, Michael Arntfield & Kelly Armstrong. It’ll run 6:30PM to 8:30PM in the Health Sciences Building, room 40. Admission is free! We’ll each give a brief talk, followed by a... read more

And some more questions and answers

As promised, some more questions from a student and my answers. How much does education or experiences influence her or his writing process? I think everyone needs education! Get an education! I wish I had an education. I am 64 years old. I grew up in a traditional household with four brothers. When I was 17 and had Grade 12, my Mom decided that was enough education…I was also becoming quite... read more


It has been a while since I posted here! Bad me! Anyway, I thought this might interest some folks. I had an email from a student today asking questions that I frequently get asked. I thought others might be interested in the answers. Sooo Here are a few of the questions and my answers. I will post more tomorrow. What does the author say about his or her purpose for writing? Is it to tell story or to... read more