About Me

I’m a Canadian author–a pragmatic optimist with rather eclectic interests and a pervasive sense of humor.

Toronto born and bred, I live by the lake with a motley array of dogs and a cat–all but myself being of unknown origin–in a comfortable old house, filled with antiques and artifacts. Oh, and books, of course–over a thousand books. Books in every nook and cranny. And now, since there can never be too many books, I’ve written more.

After years in business, I left all reasonable expectation of success and fortune behind, to write the kinds of books I’d like to read–historical fiction, with a sense of humour.

Once More, From the Beginning is the first book I brought before the public. It’s the Old Testament, retold from a woman’s point of view, exposing all the funny bits. It highlights the women in the bible. It’s about time, don’t you think? And believe me, they see things quite differently. (Here’s an article describing how the book got started.)

In my second book,  Dodging Shells, you’ll meet the irrepressible Tommy, as he fights his way through Italy in World War II, finding something to laugh about in the most unlikely places.

Here’s an INTERVIEW about Once More, From the Beginning .

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Let me finish up with a list of some of my favorites, embellished with photos that’ll give you a flavor of my life, when it’s going well (It’s usually going pretty well!)

SOME OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS — in no particular order

Bill Bryson
Pierre Berton
Aldous Huxley
H.P. Lovecraft
Charles Dickens
Thomas Costain
Edgar Allan Poe
Farley Mowat
Stephen Leacock
Mark Twain
James A. Michener
Emile Zola
Alexandre Dumas
Thomas Hardy
Sir Walter Scott


A Tramp Abroad – Mark Twain
Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas
Treasure Island – Robert Lewis Stevenson
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff – Richard Carlson
Nicholas and Alexandra – Robert K. Massie
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Cousin Bette – Balzac
Les Miserables – Victor Hugo
Nana – Emile Zola
The Lost Continent – Bill Bryson
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – Tolkein
The House at Pooh Corner – A.A. Milne
Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
The Source – James A. Michener
Rob Roy – Sir Walter Scott
The Autobiography of Henry VIII – Margaret George
The Tuzla Run – Robert Davidson
Sherlock Holmes Mysteries – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle