What I am working on now

Aug 30, 2018

I sent the British Book Tour Mysteries out to several publishers in the middle of June. The first book is Hazards in Hampshire. I got an enthusiastic response from Coffeetown Press (near Seattle), and I am happy to have signed with them. They publish Hazel Holt, and I love her work. We spent the summer finalizing the contract and making some plans. I expect to hear from the editor soon as I am sure I will need to give the manuscript more attention. In the meantime, I am updating my social media as I have let things slide away from me and, at some point, when I can organize a trip to town when my favourite photographer is in from Toronto, I will get a new photo. As well as getting my fiction ready for publishing, I am editing a non-fiction book on Youth Gangs. Fascinating and picky. Where do the commas go in APA? I am also re-writing my non-fiction Pack a Candle: Sixties Nursing in the Cariboo.  It is not yet ready as I had more advice that said I needed to increase the emotional content. There is a masters course at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in October on just that subject, so I registered for it. That will come up quickly as I am off to Wales and Cornwall in September. -a research trip, right? I have spent the last three years putting my head down and writing. Now, I need to send my babies dancing out their into the world to see how they perform. Like any good mother, I will be encouraging them and supporting them–which is a full-time job. I expect I will be connecting with more of you on social media as we pay attention to our progeny.

June 5, 2018

I rewrote the book set in Hampshire and I’m going to rewrite the books set in Cornwall next. I got Pack a Candle back from the editor and fixed all those pesky commas. She said there was no substantive editing needed. That was a thrill. Still, those commas remain lying in wait for me every time.


April 11, 2017

I am working on my second book in a cozy mystery series set in Cornwall. My first was set in Hampshire and the next will be in York. I have also been asked to write a chapter for the book I’m involved in with two other authors on Youth Gang Violence. My chapter sill be on Addictions and youth gangs. That is due at the end of the summer so I’d better get started on it..as soon as I finish the first draft of “Crime in Cornwall.” I have written another article on the history of adoption in BC for Focus on Adoption Magazine for the summer issue. I have also contracted to write another for the Fall issue and another for the following Winter issue. My agent had the three books in the Dr. MacNab series and we hope to get a publisher for them so that I can continue that series.

March 22, 2016

Both non-fiction books are at the publishers. Thicker Than Blood: Adoptive Parenting in the Modern World has a release date of May 2016. Review copies are going out now. Writing for Children and Young Adults is scheduled for release as an ebook and a hard copy in early September 2016. I am now back writing fiction and I have finished my first draft of the third book in the Dr. MacNab series.  It should go out to readers this week. As usual, I’m not happy with the plot so hope to have a brilliant idea between now and Thursday. AS usual, I love the characters.


Jan 14, 2016

I am chained to my computer working on the revisions the editor would like to see. It’s grueling. Nice to have eyes on the manuscript that notice periods, commas and those slippery citations. Writing for Children and Young Adults will be out next month–I think Self-Counsel Press. Thicker Than Blood: Adoptive Parenting in the Modern World should follow in a month or so from Arsenal Pulp Press. Very busy and no fiction writing until the editing is finished on the nonfiction.


June 4, 2015

I am learning more and more everyday as I reasearch this book on adoption. I would like to apologize to my two sons for my ignorance when they were growing up under my apparently bumbling auspices. If I could do it again I would apply the many ideas I’m exploring now and they would have benefited. Amazing they managed to grow up in spite of my ignorance. And I thought I was on the cutting edge of knowledge on adoption in those days. What a lot has changed.

Working through chapter seven this week. On schedule.



April 17, 2015


I am deep into the research of

Adoptive Parenting (working title) for Arsenal Pulp Press. The deadline may seem far off, the end of the year, but I must do a great deal of research before I can write. Research eats up time. It would be better, of course, if it wasn’t so fascinating that I didn’t wander off after every tangential idea that crosses my path. I have a schedule! And years of discipline. I’ll get there.

Whatever Works Young Adult novel  I am joining several other authors at a retreat in May and I will take this manuscript with me for their critique.

Writing for Children and Young Adults (3rd ed.) ms at publisher’s awaiting editing. Release date Spring 2015

Smacking Down a Sniper: A Dr. MacNab Mystery Book 1. Adult cozy mystery.  Sent out to publisher for consideration.  First in the series with Cathy MacNab ,62-year-old veterinarian protagonist

Shaking Up the Artists: A Dr. MacNab Mystery  Adult cozy mystery Book 2. Awaiting editing and sale of Book 1.

 The Waterfront Café  Book 1 Adult cozy mystery. Protagonist is a 42-year-old retired nurse turned café owner. Ms is sitting waiting to settle before sending out.

Feeding the Wolves: youth gangs and violence with Dr. Dianne Symonds. At research stage. This is also getting fascinating.