WW1 And More

April 27, 2016 Renny Book ChatHistorical Fiction

April is the month in which we remember the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This battle, which first saw Canada fight as the cohesive Canadian Expeditionary Force (4 Divisions) rather than as various units attached to the British Expeditionary Force, ran between April 9 and 12, and will ‘celebrate’ its 100th anniversary next year (1917). Although […]

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The Value of Friendship

March 6, 2016 Renny Uncategorized

Apparently February 2016 was Friendship Month, although, bizarrely, August 7 will be Friendship Day. In any event, I missed realizing all of this because I was busy saying good-bye to a long-time friend Derek Harrington. The send-off was spectacular with days of story-telling and songs. He leaves behind a legacy that most of us would […]

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There’s Something In The Air of Newfoundland That Truly Inspires

December 9, 2015 Renny Book ChatEvents

Newfoundland is a cauldron of creativity. I’ve always known it; some of my favourite writers are from there – whether it’s Annie Proulx with The Shipping News, Wayne Johnston with The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Michael Crummey with Sweetland or Michael Winter with Minister Without Portfolio, there’s no doubt about it – they have a […]

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An Afternoon of Story and Song in Port Hope

November 12, 2015 Renny EventsFamily BusinessHistorical Fiction

Sunday, November 15: 1 pm-3 pm As part of this month’s on-going celebration of authors, please join me for a reading and discussion of my debut novel Family Business, recently shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. I will be joined by recording artist and one of Canada’s best loved Irish Tenors; Jimmy Carton, who will perform […]

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Latest News

October 15, 2015 Renny Family Business

I love talking to people about my book and my writing. I was pleased to be invited on Saturday Oct 10, to speak with Martin van Denzen on 1320 Dutch Touch radio. You can listen to the interview here by clicking the link, and since your Dutch may not be perfect, scroll ahead to minute […]

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New Ways to Read

September 3, 2015 Renny Family Business

As a writer who was shortlisted for the inaugural Kobo Emerging Writer Prize, I was delighted to receive a surprise ‘runner-up’ package which included the Kobo Glo E-reader. I admit it; I’ve resisted the E-readers before this because there is something I love about the feel and reading experience of a print book. Well, since it’s […]

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Celebrating Success

July 13, 2015 Renny AwardsFamily BusinessHistorical Fiction

What does success look like? Like a chameleon, it takes on different colours and forms depending on the time in one’s life. For me, the time may come when being Shortlisted  for an award like the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize may not be enough to warrant the great excitement; the throbbing heart; the near giddy joy that […]

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A Community of Writers

June 21, 2015 Renny Family Business

Well done to the organizers of the second Wordstock literary festival in Sudbury, Ontario. It was an exciting event with workshops, panel discussions, speakers and book signings. The best part of it for me though was the immersion into all things author-ish. Getting together with other writers to hear how they are progressing with their […]

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Book Signing

June 3, 2015 Renny Family BusinessHistorical Fiction

Join me at the Peterborough Chapters on June 26, 4 pm – 8 pm for some chat and to pick up your personalized copy of Family Business. Books make great gifts too! http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/home/storelocator/storeDetails/930/  

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Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Short-list

May 21, 2015 Renny Family BusinessHistorical Fiction

I’m absolutely thrilled to share with you the exciting news that my book has been short-listed for the new Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. Here is an excerpt from the Kobo Press Release: “Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Shortlist Announced The 15 best new Canadian books have been selected from three categories: Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction (Mystery), […]

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