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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Never Give Up

May 8, 2015 Renny Family BusinessHistorical Fiction

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 […]

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Am I an Island?

December 8, 2014 Renny Book ChatHistorical Fiction

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 […]

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Silence is Golden

November 11, 2014 Renny Uncategorized

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 […]

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CBC Radio Interview

November 10, 2014 Renny Family BusinessHistorical Fiction

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).

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War and Peace

August 24, 2014 Renny Book Chat

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 […]

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