Yukon and Alaska

While I was writing my historical novels set during the Klondike gold rush, I wanted to see the area - Yukon Territory in Canada and Alaska in the USA. I took my first research trip as an author and visited a gorgeous destination. My family joined me. Here are some of my favorite photos from the trip. … Continue reading Yukon and Alaska

History of the Klondike and My Visit There

I love writing about the Wild West. Some of my books are set in the American West, but since I live in Canada, I also write about the Mounties. A brief explanation of historical differences: The U.S. has always had about ten times the population of Canada, so Canada’s West was settled about 30-50 years … Continue reading History of the Klondike and My Visit There

The Canadian Wild West and the Mounties

Dressed in red uniforms with wide, brown Stetsons, the Mounties galloped across the prairies, and symbolized everything romantic about how Canada’s West was tamed.  These were resourceful men, quick to make decisions, respectful, handsome, and daring. Because of the sheer volume of population, America’s West was settled fifty years before Canada’s. The U.S. had sheriffs and … Continue reading The Canadian Wild West and the Mounties

London Eye

Overseas in London

When the time came to finalize the research details for The Incredible Charlotte Sycamore, I set off for the airport with my husband - we were on our way to England! Big Ben No wonder Mr. Bean can fit inside! Inside the Salisbury Cathedral Salisbury Cathedral Salisbury Cathedral bookstore Salisbury Cathedral Parliament buildings The Prime Minister's home Surrounded by Whitehall … Continue reading Overseas in London

Buckingham Palace

Top 8 Things I Discovered in London

A research trip to London! One of the most exciting things I did while writing my YA fantasy novel, THE INCREDIBLE CHARLOTTE SYCAMORE AND THE SECRET TRAPS, was take a behind-the-scenes tour of Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Top 8 things I discovered: 1. There are secret hallways in Buckingham Palace that are used only … Continue reading Top 8 Things I Discovered in London