Places

Glengarry, my Home

  This past weekend I made a pilgrimage.  It's become an annual thing for us—to travel to the land of my forefathers and soak in the extravaganza of Scottish heritage that is the Glengarry Highland Games.  But this year is a special year.  This year marks the 200th anniversary of a different kind of pilgrimage.… Continue reading Glengarry, my Home

Connections

Canada’s First Refugee Camps

Are you descended from a refugee?  The answer might surprise you. With Syrian refugees so prominent in the news right now—and such a hot topic for debate—it's easy to think that refugees are a new thing for Canada.  But they're really not.  In fact, it was a group of refugees, mainly, that made up the… Continue reading Canada’s First Refugee Camps

People

Who is Ann MacLean?

My current work in progress, a historical fiction, centres around a bit of an enigma: Ann MacLeod MacLean McIntyre Cass. History only records her as a Loyalist widow, mother, and refugee, and her origin is in shadow.  But a story told by her descendants to my cousin may shed some light onto an unusual and incredible… Continue reading Who is Ann MacLean?

Excerpts

Hold Fast: Kinship

This is my current work in progress, a historical fiction based on the true story of Ann MacLean, a Scottish immigrant and Loyalist.  In this peek she meets someone who will play a brief but important role in her life. A few torches guttered at the corners of the garden beds, hard pressed to burn… Continue reading Hold Fast: Kinship

Writing

5 Ways to Build an Epic World

  If you’re writing a novel, you need a setting. If you’re writing a fantasy novel, your setting needs to be an epic world. Whether you’re writing fantasy, historical fiction, or even something in your own backyard, you need to immerse the reader in that world without drowning them. There are a lot of novels… Continue reading 5 Ways to Build an Epic World

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Review: The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory

I never cease to be amazed by how Philippa Gregory can turn out book after page-turning book, all based on well-known stories.  Talk about your ultimate spoilers!  And yet knowing the ending only enhances Gregory's Tudor Court and Cousins' War novels. The latest book in the series is no exception.  Based on the real-life story… Continue reading Review: The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory

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Tuesday Critique: Mason Meets a Master

In this latest excerpt from my Renaissance time travel story, the hero meets a hero of his own, the artist Botticelli.  Please feel free to share any feedback, as honest as possible.  :)Mason recognized Sandro Botticelli easily from his self portrait, picking him out from his apprentices at once. A man of around forty, with… Continue reading Tuesday Critique: Mason Meets a Master

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Tuesday Critique: Astra and her Mother-in-Law

We've all heard of the overbearing mother-in-law.  Imagine if you were a queen and your mother-in-law was queen before you.  This is my picture of how it would go, taken from my Nanowrimo 2013 novel, Enter.  As always, please feel free to let me know what you think. Atossa did not wait until Astra’s visit,… Continue reading Tuesday Critique: Astra and her Mother-in-Law

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Tuesday Critique: Eliora Arrives at the Harem

In this second excerpt from my Nanowrimo novel, Enter, the main character Eliora arrives in the harem of King Xerxes in Susa.  Please feel free to let me know what you think.  🙂 The first glimpse of a future home is always fraught with meaning.  Which room would be mine?  What would become my new… Continue reading Tuesday Critique: Eliora Arrives at the Harem