I recently visited my plaque in Midland, Ontario, erected by Project Bookmark Canada, which chose my historical novel, The Queen of Unforgetting, as part of its literary highway, a huge honour. Little Lake Park, where the text of the plaque is also set, hasn't changed much in 30 years. Still blissfully green and quiet, it's a jewel, with a long narrow road winding through the park, and a homey take-out place specializing in fish and chips. There's a baseball diamond near the entrance, a new playground in the middle, and the Huronia Museum at the far end of the park. Part of my story takes place in the 1600s when the Jesuits arrived from France; I'm not sure the park looked any different then.
Monday, June 26, 2023
Friday, January 07, 2022
I am very excited to announce that my short story, "The Natural Order of Things" has been accepted by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and will appear this fall. The story is about Jake, a great believer in science, who is writing a kids' book about the preying mantis. When he meets Angie, his faith in the natural order of things is shaken to the core.
Sunday, May 16, 2021
I am thrilled to announce that my short story, "Days Without Name" has been shortlisted for a Crime Writers of Canada Excellence Award for 2021. It appeared in Grave Diagnosis, an anthology published by Carrick Publishing. The story takes place in Belize during Wayeb, the short inauspicious month of the Mayan calendar.
Thanks to Donna Carrick for her hard work and dedication in producing the anthology.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Time has slipped away from me because of the pandemic and I am only now posting the news that my short story, "None Shall Sleep," originally published in In the Key of 13 by Carrick Publishing, was shortlisted for a Derringer Award in April. Many thanks to the organizers, coordinators and judges of the Short Mystery Fiction Society.
Congratulations to the winner, Sandra Murphy, for her excellent story, "Lucy's Tree."