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


The Mirror

In my novel Otherworld, I introduced a little object that has some significance for the main character, Emma Delaney—a small mirror.  Cale Kynsey gives it to her to show her some important things about herself.  But there are things we can learn from the mirror, too. Emma's mirror shows her three different reflections of herself:… Continue reading The Mirror


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


Uncovering the Stories of the Past

When I wrote Across the Deep, it took me a decade. A decade of sifting through the historical record and the treasure trove of letters and journals left to me and my cousins by my grandfather.  Every new thing I read brought these people to life in new and vibrant ways. You see, it's one… Continue reading Uncovering the Stories of the Past


An Otherworld

Do you ever feel like there's more than just this life? Like you're adrift in a dream—maybe even a nightmare—that someday has to end and that you'll wake up and everything will make sense?  As though no matter how you try to fit in to the world around you it doesn't quite work? Maybe I'm… Continue reading An Otherworld


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


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


To Eversleep…

What would make a person want to sleep forever? That's the question Prince Kynan would risk his life to answer.  In Everdream, my young adult fantasy novel, the queen has been sleeping for ten years and her son has set out to rescue her.  But in the process he learns what sent her to the magical… Continue reading To Eversleep…