EVENTS & NEWS
I adore Angie Noll, whom I met in autumn 2016 when I was looking for exceptional creative women to feature as part of the Creative Women Summit. Angie delivered a wonderful conversation about manifesting in our creative lives. I've looked to her as a...
A conversation that touches on how old I was when I started my most recent business — after age 50! — and the self-limiting beliefs that I held moving into the online business space. And how I've used my own experience pushing past these beliefs to support women...
In which I share that my favourite song from when I was around 13-years old was a disco version of the Lord's Prayer, sung by an Australian nun. Truth. It was on the old Wurlitzer jukebox we had in the attic. You can hear a snippet of the song during our...
CREATIVE FUN & LIFE
Ever heard of a divorce ceremony? Neither had I before I met Michele Davidson, aka The Modern Celebrant. And when she suggested that holding a ceremony to dissolve my marriage would be a healing book-end to the ceremony that started my 14-year marriage, I thought, “It’s worth a try.”
I am an atheist. I haven’t always been, but it has been my “belief” since I was 20-years-old. Since I’m now 52, I figure it’s a belief I’m not likely to change anytime soon. So why is my friendship with a devout, practicing Christian so important to me? It has everything to do with seeing and challenging my unconscious biases, as scary as that can be sometimes.
MY PROJECTS & WRITING
First In: Nick and Sophie's playlist While I write in silence, when I drive, I listen to music. This is part of the playlist that inspired parts of First In and the relationship between Nick and Sophie. Enjoy!
To succeed as an author one needs to sell books. To sell books, one needs to reach readers. Both of these tools are integral to understanding how to to put your title in front of book buyers.
So, I’ve been a professional writer for almost thirty years and over these decades I’ve had my goodly share of hard-to-hear comments and reviews about the words I've written. Handing copy over to a client comes with a special kind of feeling since, if I didn’t give...
Five published (and award-winning) authors share their thoughts on writer’s contests and answer, “Why bother?”
We all know what happens when an author takes a made-up story and pitches it as a memoir (James Frey, A Million Tiny Pieces is that cautionary tale). But what happens when you write a true story and pitch it as a romance? Well, I can only speak for my own experience and the short answer is, “Nothing good comes of it.”
Pips Tartar is not your average individual – she talks to fruits. A humourous and provocative journey into the mind of a most colourful character. In 1988, having pink hair was highly uncommon and my 22-year old film partner and I (who was also 22) used it...
Little Boy Blue (documentary film, 2004) blends startling statistics with expert testimony and a mock public service announcement to deliver a hard message to swallow about rising antidepressant use among children. Written by Donna Barker, featuring Alan Cassels.
When an author claims to have “Amazon Bestseller” status, what parameters is she using? Does it matter to you as an author and reader? Should it matter? Should we have a standard way to define “Amazon Bestseller” status?