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My Diary...

Whitby Public Library

Central Branch

405 Dundas Street West

Whitby, ON

Monday, January 30, 2017

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

I’ll be interviewing Glenn Dixon about his Globe and Mail bestselling book, Juliet’s Answer: One Man’s Search for Love and the Elusive Cure for Heartbreak–a chronicle of his own journey to Verona, Italy, where he joined the group that answers people’s letters to Shakespeare’s Juliet, and in doing so found his own path to emotional healing. Come join us as we talk about Italy, Shakespeare, love, and writing! Admission is free, but registration is required, so reserve your spot by calling the library at 905-668-6531 or using the link further down on their web page.

Books and Brunch with Charlotte Gray

Wooden Sticks Golf Club

40 Elgin Park Drive

Uxbridge, ON

Sunday, February 26, 2017

11:00 a.m. - 1 p.m.

As part of Blue Heron Books’ series of author events, I’m looking forward to interviewing Charlotte Gray onstage. One of Canada’s pre-eminent biographers and historians, Charlotte Gray has won numerous awards for her books, including the prestigious Pierre Berton Award for a body of historical writing. She’s a Member of the Order of Canada and was a panellist on the 2013 edition of CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. We’ll be talking about her latest non-fiction book, The Promise of Canada. Tickets for the event are $25 (+HST) and can be purchased from Blue Heron Books.

Whitby Public Library

Central Branch

405 Dundas Street West

Whitby, ON

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

I’ll be interviewing Emily Schultz, whose previous novel The Blondes was named a Best Book of 2015 by both NPR and Kirkus. Her new novel, Men Walking On Water, is set in the turbulent days of the rumrunners plying their dangerous, lucrative trade between Canada and Detroit. Admission is free, but registration is required, so reserve your spot by calling the library at 905-668-6531.

RT Booklovers Convention

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

265 Peachtree St NE

Atlanta, GA

May 2 - 7, 2017

At this annual gathering of genre fiction writers and their readers, most of the events are for attendees only, but on Saturday, May 6, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., they hold a Giant Book Fair, open to the public, where nearly 500 authors are available to sign books and meet you. Here’s a list of the authors who will be signing (including me).

Historical Novel Society Conference

Hilton Portland

921 SW 6th Avenue

Portland, OR

June 22 - 24, 2017

If you’re a writer attending this conference, I’ll be presenting a session called “Two-for-One: Weaving the Twin-Stranded Storyline”, on Saturday, June 24, at 10:30 a.m. in room Broadway III/IV. And if you’re not an attendee, there will be a public booksigning from 3:45 - 5:00 p.m. in the Pavilion Ballroom. You can visit the conference’s web site for more information.

Romance Writers of America National Conference

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Orlando, FL

July 26 - 29, 2017

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

OK, so Disneyworld in July might not be the ideal climate for this Canadian, but I always enjoy the chance to get together with fellow romance writers and learn new things. If you’re attending, come find me and say hi. And if you’re not, you can still find me at the massive “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing event being held on the Saturday, July 29, from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. The event is free to the public, with proceeds from the book sales going to fund literacy projects.

Women Killing It

Prince Edward County, ON

September 1 - 2, 2017

I’m thrilled to be taking part in this brand new crime writers' festival in beautiful Prince Edward County. Designed to shine a spotlight on some of Canada's best women writers who work in the crime/mystery genre, this Labour Day weekend festival will have food and wine and a unique format that let readers mingle and talk with the authors. For more information, keep an eye on the festival’s Facebook page, where they’ll be posting details of locations and events as the festival takes shape.

Surrey International Writers’ Conference

Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel

15269 104th Avenue

Surrey, BC

October 20 - 22, 2017

Hands down my favourite writers’ conference, and the highlight of my working year. I’ll be giving workshops, taking part in panel discussions, doing some blue-pencil critiques, trying to remember my lines at Michael Slade’s annual Shock Theatre, and filling every spare moment I can (when I’m not in the buffet line!) sitting in on the amazing range of workshops held by all the other writers who attend. I always come away from Surrey every year a little smarter and a whole lot more inspired to write. If you can only attend one writers’ conference, this is the one you should aim for. And if you can’t attend but spot one of your favourite writers on the presenter list, take heart: There’s a book signing session on Saturday evening that’s free and open to the public. Full details of all the events can be found on the Conference’s website.

News in Brief...

I’m thrilled to announce I’ll be working with (l-r, above) Anna Lee Huber, Christine Trent, and C.S. Harris, on a historical mystery novel in four parts, tentatively called THE JACOBITE'S WATCH. In the tradition of The Red Violin, we’ll be following an infamous pocket watch over two centuries as it crosses the lives of four unlikely inheritors who seek to contain its mysterious force. My contribution will see Hugh & Mary from A DESPERATE FORTUNE joining forces with Anna & Edmund from THE FIREBIRD. There’s no publication date set yet, but the book has sold to Sourcebooks.

I’m also proud to share the news that, having been invited by The Word Wenches to fill the place left sadly by the passing of the wonderful Jo Beverly, I’m now blogging regularly with them–we post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, with monthly newsletters, so do come by and join the conversation.