In 2007 my son asked me if there was anything I wished I had done in my life. I’d been a high school teacher, a singer, a choir director and loads of other interesting things but I was as surprised as he when my answer popped out. “Write a novel,” I said. He responded “If not now, when?” A week later my husband and I were in Hilton Head, SC and I went into the local Borders store and bought “How to Write and Sell Your First Novel”.
Today I love to stand in front of complete strangers and speak to them on a variety of topics. You might think I’m a little crazy but I just like to have fun while sharing my stories with others. My award-winning historical novels are about the lives of settlers in the Thirteen Colonies who remained loyal to Britain during the American Revolution. This writing journey has led to speaking gigs and also to me giving workshops on a variety of subjects. You learn a lot when you embrace your dreams; people seem to want to know how to do that. I can help.
I used the backdrop of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Rebellion of 1837 for page-turning fictional tales where the main characters face torn loyalties, danger and personal conflicts. My Loyalist trilogy is comprised of The Loyalist’s Wife, The Loyalist’s Luck and The Loyalist Legacy. During this COVID crisis, I wrote the prequel to my trilogy and titled it The Loyalist’s Daughter. I released it in December, 2020.
As the approved biographer for Ronald G. Calhoun, I wrote a creative non-fiction story of this wonderful man’s journey as a volunteer. At the time he was the last surviving member of, and in 1980, the leader of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope team. (Canadian Cancer Society) The Man Behind the Marathons: How Ron Calhoun Helped Terry Fox and Other Heroes Make Millions for Charity was released in June, 2019. It’s a story of determination and courage and the gift of volunteerism. My linked site is all about this unique man, and the important book telling his story is available here.
My husband and I have two grown children and two grandchildren.
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