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I’m a novelist, short story writer, blogger and organizational development consultant.

My writing credits include numerous newspaper and magazine articles about writing craft, two short stories published in anthologies (Herotica 7, Whispered Words) and co-authoring over forty police administrative tribunal decisions.

REINVENTION HUSTLE, the first novel in the Jake and Kenora series, is contemporary women’s fiction with elements of romance and mystery.

The book’s themes include perseverance, resourcefulness and self-acceptance. The plot focuses on forty-two year old Kenora Tedesco, who is shoved from a comfy suburban life and has to start over after her mother dies, her husband trades her in for a younger model and she gets fired from her safe but boring job.

Along the way to becoming a competent private investigator, Kenora is stalked, kidnapped, and declared dead by a drugstore pharmacist. She learns through trial and error to trust herself and others. The second novel, with a working title The Fifth Man, deals with Kenora uncovering a shocking family secret, adjusting to second-chance love and facing up to her fears.

In 2016, the partial  Reinvention Hustle submission tied for second place in the Romantic Elements category in the Toronto Romance Writers international contest, The Catherine. “Breaking Morning”, a short story about a woman contemplating life from a misty dock in Muskoka, was a finalist in the Canadian Authors Association (Vancouver) contest.

I’m a writing group facilitator, founder and Past President of the Writers’ Community of York Region, a member of Crime Writers of Canada, Toronto Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, Toronto Romance Writers, Canadian Authors Association and the Alliance of Independent Authors.

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Alan Watts (1915-1973 ) said: The art of living… is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past on the other. It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.

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