I am a Canadian woman exploring the world of writing. My greatest hope is to discover the truth of the characters who live and breath in my imagination, and to share their stories with genuine spirit and intent. I did not choose to become a writer. Many years ago, writing chose me.
Where this adventuure will lead me is anyone's guess, but for me it's in the not knowing where the greatest excitement bubbles...
An Insider’s Guide to Creating Short Stories for a Targeted Market
Join me Sat., Oct. 10, 11:00am, at the Ajax Convention Centre for a one-hour After Roundtable Mini-Workshop about how to create and submit the best stories of your life!
WCDR Members: $15.00
Limited spaces will be available, so take a look the WCDR website for examples of past workshops. The chance reserve a spot will appear on the site soon!
A Fourth Short Story Published!
As several of my stories involve or about my mom, so too is 'On Solid Ground’. It is a short story about the evolution of the relationship between Mom and me. It also happens to be the first time my genuine sense of humour is coming through and landing the page. Thanks to My Mom is a great collection of stories about mothers and their children of all ages!
A Third Short Story Published
My short story ‘A Second Second Chance’ is included in Chicken Soup for the Soul's latest book, Hope and Miracles. I am excited to share this particular story as a way to honour some very special people in my life including my dear friend, Tracey Raycroft, who selflessly donated one of her kidneys to me and my incredible husband, Henry Blakeney, who has stood by my side and continues to do. I don’t know what I did to be so fotunate!
A Successful First Launch
On Sunday, Nov. 24th at Books & Company in Picton, Ontario, my promotional book launch for the Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishers' book O Canada, The Wonders of Winter proved a great success. The bookstore seemed tickled with a substantial number of sales that day and for me, personally, the event signified far more than announcing to the world—or at least my corner of it—that I'd written a short story a publisher actually decided to published!
This was a perfect opportunity to acknowledge and show my appreciattion for my community, friends and family; to let everyone know just how much all their support and encouragement have helped me along the journey to this point as an author.
For articile about the launch in The Picton Gazette, CLICK HERE! (PAGE 13)
WRITING FICTION FOR CHILDREN
George Brown College's continuing education department offers two fantastic courses:
Both are taught by author and teacher Ted Staunton.