My third historical novel, The Muse of Fire, is published, thereby completing my loosely-related trilogy of novels about women in the arts. The Towers of Tuscany about a woman artist in 14th century Tuscany was released in December 2014 by Lake Union Publishing and A Woman of Note about a woman composer in 19th century Vienna was released on September 8, 2015 by Lake Union Publishing.
The e-book edition of The Muse of Fire is published by Kindle Press and the paper edition by New Arcadia Publishing. I am will be making numerous appearances over the next several months to speak about The Muse of Fire.
Check out the Events page on New Arcadia Publishing’s website. I launched The Muse of Fire on March 18 at Cates Hill Chapel on Bowen Island at 3 pm.
I also give workshops about writing tips and techniques. My next workshop is on Saturday, August 4 at the TriCity Writers Association in Port Coquitlam.
April 2018: The Muse of Fire was awarded a Bronze in the Historical Fiction category by the Independent Publishers Book Awards – the IPPYs. Very grateful!
March 2017: My first two novels won awards at the Chanticleer Authors Conference (April, 2017 in Bellingham, WA). The Towers of Tuscany won First Place in its Category in the Chaucer Award and A Woman of Note won First Place in its Category in the Goethe Award.
And to top off a perfect evening, The Towers of Tuscany was the Grand Prize Winner of the Chaucer Award. Many thanks to the organizers of an excellent conference and to Lake Union Publishing.
Travel and Cooking Blogger
In addition to writing novels, I love to cook and travel and to blog about both. My latest trip in 2018 was to France and Italy and in 2015, I visited New Zealand. Check out my six New Zealand blogs:
- South Island Sensational
- Winding West Coast New Zealand
- Awesome Abel Tasman
- Windy Wellington
- Steamy New Zealand
- Chilling in Hobbiton, the Coromandel, and Auckland
And if you love cooking, you’ll enjoy my blogs on the Bowen Island Cookbook Club, a group of seven dedicated cooks who get together every month or so to share recipes from a different cookbook.
Supplementary Materials on the Novels
If you’ve enjoyed my novels, you’ll find supplementary information on this Web site.