Stories and Articles

This collection of short stories and articles covers different geographic areas from Toronto, Ontario, and British Columbia in Canada, to Venice, Italy with a range of quirky characters. A young woman exploring Europe for the first time seeks romance, a young man’s search for his father has an unexpected end and two wealthy single women, in their age living in Montreal, Quebec who become prey for a fraud artist.

Short Stories

  • In Search of Self (June, 2011)

  • New Beginnings (October, 2010)

  • Mountain Escape (October, 2010)

  • Intrigue at Mountain Lake Lodge (September, 2010)

  • Success and the Aftermath (February, 2010)

  • The Canal of Destiny (April 2010) Published in Online Newspaper and included Version Two The Canal of Destiny Dec 2005

  • Expectations (May, 2007)

Articles

  • The Next Forty Years (February, 2010)

  • The first Week of My Transition (January 2010)

  • Letting Go of Friendship (March, 2007)

  • Lives Lived (Published in The Globe and Mail)

Book Review

Introduction to Novel Two

Genre:

I’ve been described by many in the industry as a storyteller and write both Mainstream Fiction and Women’s Fiction. I’m continuing to market these two manuscripts seeking the best possible placement in today’s publishing world.

Celeste Unraveled

Celeste Unraveled at 81,000 words is Upmarket Women’s Fiction suitable for book clubs. Celeste opens her eyes to blue sky and a circle of bare legs and black boots, the noise of a siren in the background. When she tries to move her head, every part of her body hurts. Blood streaks across the bodice of her silk dress, down her arm and over her fingertips. How did she get here and what’s happened to her life?

The novel follows Celeste, a high profile nurse manager in a busy urban hospital after she is left reeling in despair when restructuring hits her personally. Like her peers, she has dreamed of retirement as a time for herself, to explore other parts of her personality, but not now. When her husband, Adrian, loses his job and embarks on a new career, they leave the city for the sophisticated small town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Their new social life includes two like-minded couples who like them are new to the town.

Introduction to Novel

Genre:

I’ve been described by many in the industry as a storyteller and write both Mainstream Fiction and Women’s Fiction. Both novels are character driven with strong settings and focus on relationships. Based on positive feedback received from a number of agents, I’m continued to market these two manuscripts seeking the best possible placement for them in today’s market.

Differences Between Us

My novel, Differences Between Us, at 91,000 words, is Mainstream Fiction, a story about a mixed race couple who find love while surviving in a city which is still coping with the ruin from a natural disaster.

For Jerome Decarie, life is playing in a jazz band. That’s why he relocated to New Orleans. But then he befriends a young black woman, Lara Jackson who is desperate, after the storm of the decade, to find the aunt and uncle who raised her.

Intrigued, he agrees to accompany her in the search to an old mansion in the Garden District, owned by her uncle’s brother, Phillip Devries. She’s warned him he’s into drugs and gangs. Jerome is accepted by Noreen and Henry when he arrives with Lara for the reunion but agrees with her, there’s something strange about Phillip.

Welcome from Karen

When I’m asked what kind of writer I am, which happens more often than I would expect, I respond that I’m the kind of writer who dreams large. It reminds me of the quotation from Walt Disney, All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. Aren’t all writers dreamers? Otherwise, we would give up long before we saw our names in print for the first time.