My debut novel, Kenora Reinvented, (Investigations, Mystery and Seasoned Romance) was published in fall 2019.

It was a lot of fun to write – I really enjoy my characters and their adventures – but it took me almost 10 years to get over the fear of putting my work ‘out there’ for people to buy, read and critique.

But the journey from being an aspiring author to a published one has ben a blast.

I’m an award-winning short-story writer, a founding member and Past President of the Writers’ Community of York Region. My work has been published in Herotica 7, Whispered Words and Allucinor, The Elements of Romance anthologies. I’ve also written numerous newspaper and magazine articles, poetry, non-fiction and two blogs.

I belong to professional groups like Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, Toronto Romance Writers and several sub-chapters of RWA and the Alliance of Independent Authors.

In 2016, the partial early draft of Kenora Reinvented, called Reinvention Hustle, 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 on a misty dock in Muskoka contemplating whether she should live or end it all, was a finalist in the Canadian Authors Association (Vancouver) contest.

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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.

Warmest thanks to a splendid photographer: Kathryn Hollinrake, for my author head shots. Drop by her web site.