Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Visit to Trafalgar

As most readers of the Constable Molly Smith series know, the town of Trafaglar, B.C. is closely based on Nelson, B.C.  I love Nelson. It's a small, quirky, friendly town, smack dab in the centre of the BC wilderness. It's located in a valley, alongside a river, surrounded by mountains on all sides.  There is a certain Brigadoon quality to Nelson.  It is literally on the way to no where.  You have to be wanting to go there, to go there.

Outside Big Eddies

Street scene, with Fleures Des Menthe Restaurant patio on the right
A perfect setting, I thought, for a series of crime novels. And thus, Trafalgar was born.  Others seem to agree with me, as there are now several mystery novels set in some fictional version of Nelson.

I visited Nelson recently, and decided it would be fun to take pictures of the real places that feature in my fictional town.  I posted some last week, and here are a few more.

The French Bakery introduced in IN THE SHADOW OF THE GLACIER, and featured in all the other books when Molly Smith moves into the apartment above. 

Bar of the Hudson House Hotel.  Where Smith meets her childhood friend Nicky in AMONG THE DEPARTED 

The " Big Black Bridge "

Big Eddie's Coffee Emporium, site of many meetings.

The police station (of course)

A street scene. Picture taken from inside "George's Restaurant" (hard to see, but what makes this "Nelson" is the kids band playing across the street)

Yup, Castlegar really is known as Cancel-gar, as Smith tells Winters taking him to meet a flight in WINTER OF SECRETS

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Testing, testing

I am testing an app to use Blogger on my iPad.  My flight from Castlegar to Vancouver was cancelled when the plane broke.  Good thing it broke on the ground.  Anyway, they were able to reschedule me via Calgary, but now have a lot of time to kill in Calgary. 

I had a great time in Nelson.  Let's see if we can post some pictures of the places in Nelson, that inspired the books. 

Lucky Smith's Garden:

Road to John and Eliza Winters' House

Adam Tocek's place is ready for winter

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Bloody Words – RIP

Wasn’t that a party!  This past weekend saw the swan song of Bloody Words, the Canadian mystery convention.

Yes, sad to say, Bloody Words is finished. For the simple reason that the long-time organizers felt that they’d had enough (and who can blame them) and no one else stepped up to the plate. Oh, there were plenty of people saying that ‘someone’ should continue it. But no one volunteering to be that ‘someone’.

At the Banquet
Although rumours were swirling that a few people had their heads together. We live in hope.
It was, however, a wonderful send-off.

My mother was my guest at the AE gala

Looking rather silly at Books with Legs

I had the honour of being the Canadian guest of honour but for me the excitement began the night before the convention itself with the annual Arthur Ellis gala at which the awards for the best in Canadian crime writing were handed out.  I was the host this year. We had a great dinner, a wonderful venue at the Arts and Letters Club, and about a hundred very interesting guests.  At dinner, I sat next to Michael Jecks, who was the international guest of honour for Bloody Words, and I enjoyed getting to know him. 

My stint at being the host passed with no calamities, the awards were handed out, nice speeches made, and everyone went off happily into the night.

Bloody Words began on Friday and it was just a whirwind of fun and activity.  I went to lunch with my publisher for Orca, Ruth Linka; met up with people I hadn’t seen in a while such as Alex Brett and Michael Blair; and chatted with people I never tire of seeing such as Linda Wiken and Mary Jane Maffini.  

At the Orca Lunch with fellow Rapid Reads Writers
The panels were all very interesting. I was on one called 50 Shades of Cop, all about writing police novels, with John McFetridge and Martin Walker, moderated by J.A. Menzies.

As Canadian guest of Honor, I was in the mystery cafĂ© with David Cole to talk about writing women in crime novels where Cathy Astolfo did a great job of moderating.  Also, Cheryl Freedman interviewed me at length about my books and my writing career.

Gold Web: A Klondike Mystery, was up for a Bony Pete award for best light mystery. It didn't win, but heck it's an honour to be nominated. Right? 

Michael Jecks, Cheryl Freedman, and Vicki Delany

For pure fun, nothing beat Caro Soles’ Books with Legs or the Saturday evening banquet at which we were asked to dress as a historical mystery character.  I sorta outdid myself costume wise.  As you can from the attached pictures. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

I'm Ready for Bloody Words

I'm all ready for Bloody Words 2014.  Hats are bought, costume rented, accessories bought.  Mom invited.

Can't wait.  Canada's Conference for Mystery Readers and Authors runs June 6 - 9th, in Toronto.  There are still tickets available. The full schedule is now posted.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Are you going to Bloody Words?

If not, why not?

Bloody Words is the Canadian mystery convention.  It is held in Toronto every second year, and in other Canadian cities in intervening years.  As far as small conventions go, it is definitely one of the best, packed with a line up of panels and events for established authors, beginning authors, and readers. A chance to hob-nob with some of your favourite Canadian crime and suspense authors and meet new ones.


in 2014 , the Canadian Guest of Honour is... ME! Although all types of crime novels and non-fiction are celebrated at Bloody Words, the theme this year will be Historical Mysteries.  As you know I am the author of the Klondike Gold Rush series, and my standalones have a strong thread of history running through them, in a dual narrative format.  World War II in Scare the Light Away and Burden of Memory, and the American Revolution and Loyalist Settlers in More than Sorrow. 

I am really looking forward to Bloody Words, June 6 - 8 in Toronto and hope you'll join us.  Here's the link with all the details.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Book of the Week!

Did you watch the Discover Channel TV show, Klondike?  Adapted from Charlotte Gray's superb non-fiction account of the Gold Rush, Gold Diggers,  it was a travesty!  A good, real Canadian story turned into an American Western complete with shootouts and even a murder, that never happened either in real life or in Gray's book.

My Klondike Mystery series is fiction, and claims to be nothing else, but I got the hiostiry a lot better than the TV producers did.

And, to prove it, you can try the first in my series, Gold Digger, FREE for e-readers. In fact, it's the book of the week for iTunes!

How great is that!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Gold Web: A Klondike Mystery

For those of you who don't have much time to read, I present GOLD WEB in a quick easy to read format: