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 […]
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/
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), […]
This week we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands. It’s a double celebration for me as a first generation Dutch-Canadian. First of all I celebrate my roots which has given me the tenacious and determined attitude which exemplify the Dutch people. I celebrate, what some people may call stubbornness, because I […]
I consider myself a rather solitary person. I enjoy my own company, and that of my dogs. It was interesting to me to realize then, how many communities in which I am in fact a participant. I recently read Michael Crummey’s novel Sweetland – a wonderful book set in Newfoundland – and it made me think […]
How is it that the most profound or intense moments in life seem to be the ones for which there are no words? As a writer, I have the greatest respect for the power and magic of words. I love the way I can be transported through time and space by a great story. I’m […]
Thanks to Markus Schwabe at the CBC North morning show for the opportunity to come in and speak about my novel Family Business. If you missed the interview, you can listen to it at their website: http://www.cbc.ca/morningnorth/ (scroll down to find the November 10 segment).
I’ve spent the summer working my way through a huge tome called “And Ladies of the Club” by Helen Hooven Santmyer and my version has 1433 pages (there are some more recent versions that have a few less pages). I recently likened it to an American version of War and Peace. That off-the-cuff comment made […]