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Albany Books

The launch for Amanda in England-the Missing Novel was held on Saturday at our wonderful local bookstore, Albany Books.  Thank you to everyone who showed up in person or in spirit.  I had a wonderful time, was treated very well by the staff and showered with good wishes from fans old and new. After the successful launch, my dear husband treated me to a fish & chip dinner at Rob’s Fish & Chips. A fitting way to celebrate a book about England.


Then today, Sunday, I volunteered to tend the  Federation of BC Writer’s table at the Surrey International Writer’s Conference.  Some wonderful people stopped by such as Carol Garvin. We have been following each other’s blog for almost two years, but have never met. Carol is just as nice in person as she is on her blog! Ruth Kozak, Kimberley Alcock, Sharon Edelmeier and many others stopped by.  I was lucky to be seated next to Joie Carlton who writes hilarious travel books and makes unique beaded book marks. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces. Diana Gabaldon gave me a nice warm smile as she walked by.

So it was a very good weekend for me. How was your weekend?.

I have been busy lately, not so much with writing, which I should be doing, but with writing related stuff. It’s all good stuff mind you.

Local authors Darlene Foster, Bob MacKay, Duane Duff

I was invited, along with a number of other writers, to attend the opening of the new Surrey Centre City Library. We were introduced as local writers and our books were on display. It was an honour to be part of this special event. The new library is amazing, designed as a meeting place for those who love books and culture. The place was a hive of activity with plenty of entertainment for all.

Surrey Centre City Library

library opening

I also attended Word on The Street at the Vancouver Public Library and helped staff the Federation of BC Writers table for one hour and the CWILL table for another hour. The weather was not ideal and we had to find another spot for the CWILL table as the tents on Literacy Lane were all blown over by the wind and rain storm. Never-the-less, we had a good time and met many interesting writers and readers. I was able to listen to a couple of writers read from their work and pick up some Christmas presents. I am known as the “Book Grandma” and don’t want to disappoint.

CWILL table

The other project I have been busy with is a local children’s writing contest. I was asked to be a judge for the summer long contest. Over 65 entries were submitted for the two categories, 10 – 13 years and 14 – 17 years. I was amazed at the quality of writing and the creative ideas these young people produced. One story made me cry. That’s powerful stuff. I am afraid there is some wicked competition coming along folks. The winners will be announced on Friday.

I have done a bit of research for Amanda in England. A kind writer sent me some great pictures and information on Hampton Court so I can’t wait to get started on that chapter. I also went on a sailboat ride to gather information for an earlier chapter. Research can be tough.


In case you are wondering, I still have my full-time day job and do manage to spend some time with my understanding and patient hubby.

Are you busy with writing stuff? Do you wish you had more time to write or is it good to get out and do other things?

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