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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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