After You’ve Gone

Very pleased to announce that my new novel, After You’ve Gone, is forthcoming from Thistledown Press ! The exact date has yet to be worked out, but it will most likely be Spring 2014 or possibly as soon as this Fall. Thanks to Al, Jackie and everyone at Thistledown, who also  published Nothing Sacred. More details as they arrive.

See, I told you 2013 was going to be a good year!

CPL Writers Weekend — Feb. 2

Writers’ Weekend 2013 

Saturday February 2nd, 10am-4pm 

John Dutton Theatre, Central Library, 616 Macleod Tr. SE

Join us throughout the day for a wide variety of FREE presentations by local experts designed to educate and inspire. More information on the day’s events and presenters through the library’s Writers Nook Blog

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. My Story – Writing Memoir and Biography 

Join Brian Brennan, acclaimed historian, best-selling author, and award-winning journalist as he discusses the art, craft, and fundamentals of memoir and biography writing. 


11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Engaging An Audience Through Online Writing 

Join Lonnie Taylor, Huffington Post Canada blogger, for an introduction to connecting to an audience through social media platforms in creative ways. 

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Ask the Editor 

Join book editor Sandra McIntyre for an insightful question and answer session about what editors do and how publishing works. 


1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Ask the Writer 

Join experienced writers Lori Hahnel, Naomi Lewis, and Debbie Willis for a dynamic question and answer session on the diverse elements of the writing process in the current publishing environment.


2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Writing and Publishing your Children’s and YA Novel 

Join acclaimed writer Simon Rose and learn how to turn ideas into stories, get started as a writer and get on the path to publication.


3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Covered – Clothing for your Book 

Join Derek Mah, celebrated illustrator and book cover designer, for insight into the collaborative process required to achieve the perfect first impression for your book.


You may register in person, by calling 403-260-2620 or online through the following link:




Alberta Magazine Award nomination

I was very pleased today to find out that my story “Good Friday, at the Westward” has been nominated for the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association Showcase Award for Fiction.  Many thanks to The Prairie Journal for the nomination, and for running the story in Issue # 58.

Very nice way to start out the new year! I have a feeling that 2013 is going to be a very good year. So far, so good.