Since the day I was born, I have lived in Ottawa, Ontario. A fun person who loves to laugh, I enjoy my family and friends, cooking with my husband Charlie for over 50 years, a good glass of wine, and time spent at our cottage on Black Donald Lake.
After I retired from the Federal Government in 1997, to improve my writing, I took several courses at Carleton University, joined a memoir writing group and a travel writing group, and became a member of the Ottawa Independent Writers (OIW).
My latest book “Lucy's Road Trip - RVing Across Canada” is a recount of our travels across Canada in an aged RV as we motored from Ottawa to Cape Breton and Gaspe. The following year, we went from Ottawa across the north of the Prairies up to Dawson City in the Yukon and returned by Jasper, Banff, and the south of the Prairies. Living in a 10-year-old RV posed many challenges. Living in compact quarters brought its own pleasures and frustrations. Without the weirdness of it all, there would be no book to write.
Over the years, I have had several articles published in the Ottawa Citizen, Globe and Mail, and the Madawaska Highlander. I have been published in the Reader's Digest and the “Our Canada” magazine and have won awards in the City of Ottawa Short Story Contest in 1998 and 2009. In 2013, I co-authored with Barbara Brown, Jan Jacobson, and Wendy Quarry “Travel Dreams and Nightmares - Four Women Explore the World,” an anthology of 26 short stories.
My next writing project remains a mystery. It's sits at the back of my mind and heart and waits for me. I know that my soul always holds another story to write about. It only takes patience, persistence, and motivation.
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