Something to Cheer For

Something to Cheer For

A snowy Saturday in Ottawa but that’s okay. We have nowhere to go and the Scotties are on tv! Ted and I are hunkered down, cheering for our daughter Lisa from afar.

I interviewed Mary Jane Maffini yesterday as one of the series of Youtube videos introducing some of the Crime Writers of Ottawa and Eastern Ontario series. We had a fun chat and it should be posted on the CWC site on Monday although this is yet to be confirmed. We’re posting every second week now, which gives me more time to prepare. I’ve really enjoyed interviewing my fellow authors from this region. Everyone has an interesting story and all have been delightful. You can check out the channel at this link.

So I received my first in-person invitation for an event in Smiths Falls this autumn! It felt like a ray of hope after a year of lockdown. Kind of got my heart beating happy. Won’t it be nice when we can finally meet up in person? I don’t think we’ll ever take freedom of movement for granted ever again.

I also received some really heart-warming emails through my website from readers this week. My book Closing Time is set north of Sault Ste. Marie and west of a small town named Searchmont. (Look on the map to check it out). One of the emails was from a woman who owns a cottage (camp for those in the North) near Searchmont. One of her children taught in Terrace Bay, my home town. And my good friend Kathy Adair posted this photo of my books – she was housecleaning and stacked them all up for a pic. That’s a lot of launches!

This was my Monday to post on 7 Criminal Minds blogspot. The question concerned a person who helped me with my writing journey. I’m thankful to so many people but there’s one who got me started as a published author. You can read my post and the rest of the responses from my fellow authors on the blog.

I’ve been writing … and thinking about what to write in regards to the plot. Plodding along most days. I also started an Instagram account dedicated to my writing and books and open to the public (as opposed to my private more personal one), and you are welcome to follow me at BrendaChapmanAuthor. (I’ve received three private messages from men interested in ‘becoming good friends’ this past week, making me think they’ve mistakenly taken Instagram for Tinder, but I digress.)

Have a good week, everyone. Stay safe and healthy.

Go Team Manitoba!