Valentine’s Day Greeting Cards

Love Poem of a Teenager

Today is Valentine’s Day. How many men will lose their heads over women (and vice versa)? When we write gushy sentiments on Valentine’s cards about our beloved’s power over us, we owe a debt to the 14th century poet Francesco Petrarch, who wrote 366 love poems to the woman he adored. They were more about his own feelings than Laura, a… Read More

YouTube Video of Pope’s Palace in Avignon

This YouTube video will take you on a tour of the Pope’s palace in Avignon. We begin outside the west façade of the palace, where a busker is entertaining for coins, enter through the double portcullis, take a look around the courtyards, peer out of the Pope’s indulgence window. Then we join the secret palace tour to see inside a… Read More

French edition of Muse on Horizon

How exciting to get my first glimpse of the cover for the French translation of Muse! Also titled Muse, it will be published by Éditions Hurtubise on February 26, 2015 and distributed in France by Librairie du Québec. The award-winning translators, Lori Saint-Martin and Paul Gagné, have done a wonderful job and I feel very fortunate that Hurtubise has put… Read More

Children’s Literacy Fundraiser

Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art, 3696 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, is hosting a silent auction on Friday, November 21, 2014 to support children’s literacy, The money raised will fund children’s scholarships to attend workshops at the Lyceum. I encourage you to bid on some of the fabulous items, including a book club set of my novel Muse (courtesy of  Random House of… Read More

Fall 2014 Events

I’m very much looking forward to appearing at Christianne’s Lyceum on Thursday, October 2, 2014 in their Meet the Author Series. The event, from 7 to 9 pm, will be an informal, relaxed discussion of my second novel, Muse. I loved talking to Christianne’s book club when Conceit came out and look forward to answering everybody’s questions about Muse. The fee is $22 for one… Read More

Giveaway of Four Exciting Summer Novels

Random House is giving away four super summer novels. The contest runs until the end of July at Retreat by Random House and the giveaway includes Kate Pullinger’s prize-winning Mistress of Nothing, Jo Baker’s Longbourn, the Pride and Prejudice spinoff, the first volume in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, and my new beach-size Muse. Outlander has a new cover to promote the TV series… Read More

The Blog Hop – A Writer’s Brainwaves

Today, I’m participating in a blog tour at the invitation of writer Karen Dodd, who also lives on what Vancouverites call the North Shore. This usually means that we have to drive over to Vancouver to visit friends, who are reluctant to travel to our side of town. Karen lives even further west than I do, in Lions Bay, where she often sees dolphins… Read More

Goodreads Discussion of Muse

Have you ever checked out Goodreads has some very dedicated groups and one of my favourites, Imprinted Lives, which focusses on biography, is currently engaged in reading my novel Muse. The discussion runs from June 1 to 30, 2014 and is moderated by the amazing Asma. She is commenting enthusiastically on Muse, section by section, and is linking to some very interesting websites… Read More

Another Publication Day for Muse, May 27, 2014


I’m really pleased that Anchor Canada is publishing a new edition of my novel, Muse, on May 27, 2014, only nine months after the original. Thanks, Random House, for the vote of confidence in my novel! The new edition is a smaller paperback, so will cost less, and they’ve given the book an attractive new look with a redesigned cover.… Read More

Getting Into Mindset of Solange

Hildegarde Von Bingen

Getting into the mind of a literary character is a gradual process, just as it is with real people. My biggest wow moment in my understanding of Solange Le Blanc in Muse came when I was on the secret tour of the popes’ palace in Avignon. I stared at the bare walls of a basement chamber trying to imagine the décor of the Pope’s bathing room as the guide was describing it . . . read more Read more