Autumn Beauty

Autumn Beauty

What a gorgeous autumn week we’ve had in the Ottawa Valley. Warm enough to wear only a t-shirt in the afternoon, which is mighty unusual for this time of year. The leaves have only just started turning in the city although the fall colours are on full display in the country and the Gatineau Hills into Quebec.

My news this week was being on Rogers Cable 22 Daytime Ottawa on the Wednesday show with host Derick Fage. This was the first broadcast since the pandemic shut things down a year and a half ago. I was scheduled to be on the show that week so it was great to finally be able to talk about Closing Time even if virtually. Here’s the link to the five-minute clip on YouTube.

I’ve spent the week editing Blind Date to the exclusion of all else. I’m eager to get back writing on the second in the series and hope to get back at that this coming week. I’m also going to work on a marketing plan for Blind Date‘s release on March 1st. Lots of work ahead.

I’ve been invited to a couple of bookclubs, the Ottawa club having read In Winter’s Grip. The other bookclub is in Burlington and they’re reading Cold Mourning so that visit would be virtual. I can visit bookclubs virtually anywhere in the world if you contact me and set up a Zoom call – I love meeting readers!

I’ll wrap up this post with an email I received from a youth court judge who lives and works in now of the Southern United States. She was recovering from Covid (mild symptoms as she was double vexed) and had time to upload the Stonechild series and to send me a note: As a juvenile judge for 23 years, I am in awe of your novels. Your art captures so much about families, trauma, foster children making their way, indigenous culture, forgiveness redemption, healing in face of good and evil. I want to share your work! I hope I can I buy all seven in paper form soon.

I’d be lying if I didn’t say her message warmed my heart. She also told me that she always gives out a book to the youth going through her court that she thinks will help them on their journey, so she’s a compassionate person in a difficult role.

And a Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends. Wishing everyone a lovely week and I’ll be back to catch up next Saturday.