2nd December
written by amber

Dear friends,

I am staying in a cottage on Gabriola Island for two weeks while I work on my novel, Fire in the Hole, the second novel of a mystery series. The first one was Firekill. It’s somewhat discouraging to be writing the second when I have not yet been able to find a publisher for the first, but it is what it is. We have to keep writing.

I have had some encouragement with a recent sale of a long story to Dimension6. I’ll update you as to when it comes out.

At the moment, my schedule is to think, walk and write, so this is a perfect place for that. I can gaze out to sea as I think, I can walk along the road looking out to sea, then come home and write.

A friend, Kathy Steinemann, has asked me to post a Christmas story, so I’ll be re-posting one of my 365 Stories. It’s a little dark, but fun.

Keep writing!



8th May
written by amber

After being very diligent about submitting stories over the winter, and having them come back to me in the ‘rejection’ box, I was feeling low but at last there is good news with my story ‘Transported’ accepted for an upcoming issue of Penumbra e-magazine.

3rd March
written by amber

I know I haven’t updated this website for a while – I’ve been busy over the winter getting stories off to potential markets and working on some new short stories to submit.

But I thought I’d share this wonderful quotation from the great series, Deadwood, for you to ponder –

“The world ends when you’re dead. Until then you have more punishment in store. Stand it like a man and give some back.” Of course, this was uttered by Sweringen.

My other favorite line from Deadwood is “Hide the offal in the shepherd’s pie.”

4th October
written by amber

Dear Friends,

I’ll be participating in
Hinton Loves Culture Day
Saturday, October 5

The event is being held near the old firehall, by the rec centre and library.

I’ll have a table with my novels on display and available for sale and author signing. And please bring first line suggestions for some flash fiction stories to be written while you wait!

A celebration of the Arts in Hinton. This one day event will feature local entertainment, heritage displays, children’s activities, and unveiling of the 2013 Wall of Celebration – Mayor’s Evening of the Arts recipients.
Schedule of Events:

12 noon – Wall of Celebration unveiling & Mayor Welcome
12 noon to 4:00 pm – Arts Appreciation BBQ
12:30 to 4:00 pm – Entertainment (Ed Meding, Four Way Street, Emma MacIsaac, Fox Creek Dancers, Marilyn & Terry Bird’s band, Sydney Waddell, Primrose)
12 noon to 4:00 pm – 100 year Historical Pump (Richard Tanner)
12 noon to 4:00 pm – Art Club & Quilters’ Guild open for viewing (upstairs)
10:00 am to 2:00 pm – Break-A-Leg Theater Workshop (Firebays)
12:00 to 4:15 pm – Historical Displays (incl. Fish & Game, Trappers, Historical Society, Aboriginal)
4:15 to 6:00 pm – “Prairie Tales” film screening (Arts & Culture)

8th August
written by amber

I’m heading to Calgary this weekend to enjoy the When Words Collide conference. I’ll be reading from my novel, Stolen Children, at the Edge Press event between 2 and 3, Saturday, Aug. 10, and also in the More Fantastic Readings after 3 p.m. Saturday. Saturday evening, 8 – 10 p.m. I’ll be signing copies. And on Sunday, Aug. 11, you can catch me at the panel on the Role of Beautiful Writing. It’ll be great to be in the company of writers and readers of science fiction and mysteries!