The Kensington

Weird expression, eyes closed, mouth open… It seems whenever someone takes pictures of me when I’m doing a presentation, they all have at least one of these features. Thank goodness for digital cameras and ‘delete’ buttons! At least the...

My new bookmark

My new bookmark has had a lot of use. Thanks, Mireille Chiasson. The little turtle reminds me of the ones who plod up from the water to lay their eggs in our lawn each June. And the fact that it’s wood reminds me of my novel, The Medal. Seventeen-year-old Kilian...

Orphan Train

Orphan Train, a best-selling novel by Christina Baker Kline, features an unlikely friendship between a girl in foster care and 90+ year old Vivian.  A community service position helping the widow clean out her attic is meant to keep Molly out of juvie for the theft of...

Coincidence, coincidence

I got a phone call this morning from a stranger. She introduced herself as Ina. She had just finished reading The Medal, a Christmas gift from her grand-daughter. She told me how much she enjoyed the book, and asked me a question about the acknowledgments. She had...

Surprise!

Sgt James Locke got quite a surprise this morning when he walked into the conference room of his Ontario Provincial Police detachment. Not only were his colleagues there, but his wife and daughters had also come to see him feted. The surprise gathering was organized...