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Embracing surprise

Monday, 14 August 2017


Dear supporters,

You know that thrilling feeling when you see something unexpected - usually visual - and for a tenth of a second you're speechless, breathless, frozen? Your mind hones in on what is in front of you and blocks out all other external input - it's like when you have tunnel vision. Your interest is fully piqued and your concentration is 100% there.

Slowly, you sit back, relax, take…

Sprinting ahead while dragging my feet

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

What a strange post title that is, dear supporters. Has she gone mad? You ask. Lost her use of language? (or the use of her legs?) She's mixing ideas and images that conflict. Does she actually know what she's doing anymore? Should we go away and pretend we didn't read this? Poor girl.

Hello supporters, ahem,

My alter ego wanted to take over this post but we've decided to share it. You see…

The weight of paper off my shoulders

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

April 5, 2017

A fortunate day when I handed in my book to one of Unbound's brilliant editors in London. Now it's a waiting game while she does structural edits for a few weeks, sends it back to me, then I get to accept or reject changes before returning it for copy edits. All in all, about a 4 month cycle. My pages will travel.

I'm raising a glass of bubbly to all of you supporters both…

Minor miracles

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

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Today is a good day wherein I am up to 50% pledged - thanks to all of you 82 supporters! I am grateful that you put your trust and bucks into this project. These stories have been percolating for many years and in many places such as Toronto (Humber School, with Joan Barfoot - an extraordinary writer), in Paris (WICE, with Lauren B. Davis, another amazing writer and teacher I admire), and at Oxford…

Revisiting storyland

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Ox circus

Dear supporters,

It’s a strange sensation re-reading older stories and remembering how and why I wrote them. Most are set in specific cities for this collection. Today it’s London for ‘Call Me Bernie’ about a girl who helps a woman with dementia find her way home. Of course they don’t find the physical place but between them they create the feeling of having landed somewhere safe. The story…

Embracing darkness

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Alster night

Hello dear supporters,

It's a rainy Sunday in Hamburg and we're cosied up inside with the fireplace going, guitar music playing and the dog snoring on the floor beside me. In Germany, there is a culture of cosy (Gemütlichkeit) on winterly Sundays...when candles are lit in the windows of people's apartments and there's an official quiet time between 1:00 and 3:00 during which the phone and noisy…

Birthing 3 babies

Sunday, 6 November 2016


Dear supporters,

Sunday is a good day to bring news, when we have time to write and read and digest it. So, I'd like to share some: my crowdfunding campaign has come alongside being pregnant with twins. Although LOVE BITES, which you have so generously supported, is already in the world (the stories are written, some are published, and some still need editing), the twins have not yet arrived. When…

It's the little things that make us fly.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016


Dear supporters, readers, writers, family and friends,

All of you are superheros or heroines in some way. You spread your good vibes, you do a good deed, you say the right thing at the right time to someone in distress, you send your love online or on the phone or in person. You pledge for (as-of-yet) unpublished books to help an author meet her goals. These little actions are what weaves us…

Crawling up the hill

Sunday, 9 October 2016

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dog ate my novel

workspace at home


Hello dear supporters,

It's Sunday and the weekend of Canadian Thanksgiving. What I'm grateful for: a wonderful family and dear friends, a loving partner, my health, enough money to enable me to eat, a roof over my head, and some creative ideas in my head. I'm also grateful for YOU, for having earned your support and belief in this project…

"Ideas are like rabbits"

Monday, 12 September 2016


Today is a hot and bright Monday when Fall should be creeping in but instead Summer is stretching her wings over us. Today, I'm thinking about late bloomers, slow starters, about the seasons coming when they please, and about my own slow process of writing, editing, trusting my stories, myself, and the surroundings which I thought were one thing - Fall, but in fact are another - Summer.

Why am…

108 stairs

Thursday, 25 August 2016

108 stairs

Hello dear LOVE BITES supporters,

We're in Berlin this week and staying in a comedy writer's apartment. Yep. If that doesn't give me incentive I don't know what could. The only challenge is that getting up to this light-flooded apartment at the top of an elevator-less building in Kreuzburg is hard work. 

It's 108 stairs up. Another 108 stairs down.

Forget your groceries downstairs? Or the…

Why I'm not selling my book from the back of my car

Friday, 15 July 2016

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Although Unbound calls their process ‘crowdfunding’ it is not a new concept but goes back to the seventeenth century when it was named 'subscription publishing'. Recently, I found an interesting article on this from the University of Pennsylvania.

“As a way of acknowledging subscribers, authors included printed lists of subscribers in the work, often at the beginning, in place of or in addition…


Tuesday, 21 June 2016

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“The constant happiness is curiosity.” Alice Munro

One of my favourite short story writers knew what she was talking about. Curiosity keeps us engaged in life on a moment-to-moment basis.

When I walk my dog in the park it's a delight for both of us. Every tree he sniffs, every unknown sound or smell he experiences makes him stop and observe. This makes me observe too. What does he see in the…

A deep gut experience

Friday, 3 June 2016

Dear supporters,

First of all: YAY, HOORAY, YIPPEE, (Leon and I are doing a happy dance). You are the people who are making this book happen so thank you. It's been 2 weeks since LOVE BITES went live and it's 19% funded. While trying not to obsess about the rising digits - a worse obsession than checking Facebook or Twitter - I have been thinking a lot about my characters.

The thing about writing…

Eye candy

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Launching Love Bites

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Dear Sheddies,

It's one of those days when excitement overrides nerves. Xander has officially launched my collection - thankyouverymuch! These stories have had a long life, some having travelled on my laptop from Paris to Hamburg where I now live. It's much easier (for me, at least) to write about places after I've left them. Stories about Hamburg may never come or I'll have to find a way to write…

Getting ready for print
Publication date: Autumn 2017
102% funded
155 backers