The 2021 Muskoka Novel Marathon to support the YMCA Adult Literacy Program is about to begin. This photo is from the 72 hour marathon at the Huntsville Summit Centre. This year it's a virtual event. Go to www.muskokanovelmarathon.com to learn all about this incredible event, and help sponsor a writer. (me, I hope!)
Great news... my YA novel, 'The Sound of a Rainbow', which won the 2020 Quarantine Edition of the Muskoka Novel Marathon will be published by Latitude 46 Publishing.
Expected launch date is 2023.
Thanks so much to the Muskoka Novel Marathon organizers and Latitude 46 Publishing. I'm over the rainbow with excitement!
Many thanks to the hard working executive who came up with creative solutions to allow this 19 year traditional event to 'virtually' continue. I'm excited to participate in this year's Virtual 20th anniversary marathon between July 16 - 19.
MORE GOOD NEWS!
My story, 'Moonlight with Tom Thomson' is featured this month on 'UPROAR', a literary magazine published by The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts. The story was inspired by an oil painting I created, 'Moonlight in Muskoka'. To read the story, go to https://lawrencehouse.ca/uproar/
Poetry, Painters and Prose - Saturday, April 24, 2021 Virtual Event. My painting, 'Blue Pools, New Zealand' was chosen as the inspiration for a short story by CBC writer, Samantha Craggs. My short story, 'Happy Landings', inspired by Mary Nevill's painting of hot air balloons was one of the featured readings. A wonderful event sponsored by the Niagara Canadian Authors Association.
April 2021 Congratulations and thank you to Peter Domarchuk, who recently purchased two of my paintings: NOTL Sunset, and Early Winter Snow. Peter is a real estate agent with Royal Lepage in NOTL and is developing a creative program to promote local artists.
January 2021 I'm the featured writer in the Gutsy Great Novelist Writers Studio, sponsored by the great writer and instructor, Joan Dempsey.
December 2020 'The Christmas Angel '- published in CommuterLit, The Ekphrastic Review, The NOTL Local Paper
October 2020 'Moonlight with Tom Thompson' Published by Literary Magazine Agnes and True
October 2020 "The Sound of a Rainbow" Winner - 2020 YA Muskoka Novel Marathon
October 2019 2nd Place - Stratford Festival/Rotary Short Story Contest 'Twelve Stops to Airport'
September 2019 Winner - Best Young Adult Novel Muskoka Novel Marathon 2019 'A Chain of Broken Hearts'
July 2019 Finalist - Canadian Author's Association Poetry Contest (Niagara Branch) 'Baby' Published in The Banister and released October 26th, 2019.
July 2019 Shortlisted (Finalist) Eden Mills Writers Festival - Literary Contest Non-Fiction 'Just a Cuppa Coffee'
June 2019 WINNER - 1st Place South Simcoe Arts Festival Adult Short Story Contest 'Moonlight with Tom Thomson' was judged by Brian Henry.
WINNER - Phyllis Smallman Award for Great Writing South Simcoe Arts Festival 2019 May 2019 Shortlisted (Finalist) 2019 NOWW International Writing Contest in the Creative Non-Fictioncategory. My story, 'Just A Cuppa Coffee' was judged by author M.G. Vassanji.
September 2018 Winner - Eden Mills Writers Festival - Fringe Festival 'Fairy Castle in the West'