Excerpts

Hold Fast: A Dinner Invitation

In this new sneak peek of my work in progress, Hold Fast, a historical novel based on a true story, I imagine Ann McIntyre invited for a visit to Conrad Gugy's manor while her sons and friends live in scarcity in the refugee camp on his land at Machiche.  Let me know what you think… Continue reading Hold Fast: A Dinner Invitation

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Places

Machiche

In my upcoming historical novel Hold Fast, I tell the story of Ann MacLean's real-life struggles in Canada's first refugee camp, Machiche. A place of conflicting identity, Machiche is the perfect setting for the story of a woman from two worlds. The camp of Machiche was put together on the north shore of the St. Lawrence,… Continue reading Machiche

Connections

A New Nation

The American Revolution wasn't the beginning of only one nation.  It was the catalyst to the birth of a second, too. Think about it.  Without the American Revolution, how different would Canada be? Before the war, Canada was nothing more than an annexed territory, won from the French after the Seven Years' War.  In the… Continue reading A New Nation

People

Jeptha Hawley

One of the fun things about doing research for my historical fiction based on a true story, Hold Fast, is finding out about real-life characters that fit into the story.  Among the people Ann MacLean would have known at the refugee camp at Machiche, Quebec was the Loyalist captain Jeptha Hawley. Jeptha first came to… Continue reading Jeptha Hawley

Excerpts

Hold Fast: To Lose Everything

In this latest sneak peek from my work in progress, an historical fiction based on the life of Ann MacLean, she has just given birth to her second son while fleeing as a Loyalist refugee from the American Revolution.  Please let me know what you think in the comments below. The babe stayed close to… Continue reading Hold Fast: To Lose Everything

Facts

The Wicked Man

In doing the research for my work in progress, Hold Fast, I've come across some very interesting facts.  Not least of these facts is the Scottish laird with the nickname "The Wicked Man". You see, when I got Ann MacLean's story, all I knew was that she was the granddaughter of a Scottish laird who… Continue reading The Wicked Man

People

Josiah Cass, Loyalist

Right now I'm working on a historical fiction based on a true story—the remarkable true story of Ann MacLean.  But I wouldn't have even heard of Ann if it weren't for another Loyalist who lived at the refugee camp at Machiche with her—my five times great grandfather Josiah Cass. As the founder of a prolific… Continue reading Josiah Cass, Loyalist

Excerpts

Hold Fast: Life and Loss

Here's another sneak peek of my new work in progress, a historical fiction novel based on the life of Ann MacLean.  In this excerpt, Ann gives birth to her second son while fleeing to Canada, fresh from the loss of her husband. Ann gripped the hands of two strangers and groaned, pushing with all of… Continue reading Hold Fast: Life and Loss

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