• REPETITIVE HISTORY

    Author’s Note: Usually, I travel, visit museums and libraries, and interview people to research the topics upon which I write. However, because of COVID-19, my plans to spend a month in the UK this summer for research purposes have been postponed. The characters of my current manuscript encountered the 1918 flu pandemic. In lieu of travel, I turned to the internet and found some interesting reading, which I thought I’d share. The Spanish flu pandemic started in January of 1918 and plagued the globe beyond the end of World War I. Throughout the following three years, it infected approximately twenty-five percent of the world’s then population (500 million people). Unofficially,…

  • TRAVEL PLANNING

    I’m beginning to think that the thrill of travel is more appealing than actually travelling. When my husband and I decide on a journey, we might spend a year, even two, planning where we want to go and what we want to achieve. Why Travel? We are both history buffs. We have little interest in resort or warm-weather-only vacations. We enjoy discovering the history behind ancient cities and connecting the dots of what was – and is – the basis of our civilization. The stories that we hear along the way help flesh out what bits of history we might have learned in school or picked up as adults. If…

  • TWO OUT OF THREE!

    It’s only by ‘author’s privilege’ that I have a printed copy of The Emerald. This second book of The Prophecy saga will be available on Amazon as of May 1st!

  • THE PROPHECY: EXPANDING THE SAGA

    I am excited to announce that the second book in The Prophecy saga is expected to be released on Amazon in May 2019. On the heels of The Crest, which was published in December 2018, comes The Emerald: In the fall of 1928, Nicolai Kota leads his caravan of nomads into the community of Liegnitz, in Southern Silesia, Germany. As in the past, they expected to display their talents at the annual fair. In a matter of days, the Kota family is forced to make a hard decision when nine-year-old Punita’s safety is compromised. While the caravan resumes its cyclical tour throughout Europe, Punita remains in Liegnitz to live with…

  • READING FOR CHARITY

    On March 9th, 2019, I shared the company of great, local talent at The Variety Hour hosted by Vincenza’s Angels. While some danced, sang songs, shared humorous anecdotes, or animated poetry, I just read. The fundraiser was for the benefit of The Heart and Stroke Foundation. My material included a short story called In the Absence of Rain, that speaks of heart disease and the effects of a stroke, and a poem in memory of my grandfather called New Gumboots. During the intermission, everyone was invited to bid on items donated for a silent auction. I bid on two. Imagine everyone’s surprise – especially mine – when it was announced…

  • Book Launch Celebration

    My first novel The Crest debuted on Amazon on December 10th, 2018. Well before it’s release, friends and family began asking me about a book launch. Given other festivities held in December, hosting a book launch didn’t make sense to me.  Deciding to Host a Book Launch Celebration For weeks, I hemmed and hawed about what to do. All the while, friends and family kept reminding me that they were keen to celebrate. Before I could host a book launch, I had to understand its purpose and structure.   “Who would want to come and hear me read?” I asked myself on more than one occasion. At the same time,…

  • Christmas Wonder

    As a small child, I learned the wonder – or magic – of Christmas from my parents and extended family. As an adult, I prefer to think of Christmas with wonder. Wonder is defined as surprise, mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. Two Concepts of Christmas I was raised with two concepts of Christmas – the Santa thing, and the nativity, the birth, of Jesus Christ. I remember going to Sunday school to learn, among other things, about the origin of Christmas and Christmas carols. At home, it was about the Christmas tree, Santa and presents. My family moved several times during my childhood. Each…

  • Character Development

    The composition of a character draws from many sources, especially the primary characters – protagonist and antagonist. To a lesser degree, the supporting characters also require some shaping. Physical, Mental and Emotional Development I have completed forms similar to an employment application, where I’ve been asked to record all types of personal data: date-of-birth, height, weight and eye colour; schools attended, including post-secondary; work history; love interests; residential addresses, and so on. I’ve also completed forms that reach into the psyche of my characters. Needs, Beliefs and Personal Values Those forms are helpful, but, for me, my character development is based more on what my character needs, his or her…