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50 Fun Facts About Me

    I once rode an elephant in Thailand. Together with my husband, I opened and owned a used bookstore in Vancouver for 3 years. My maiden name is Wallace…as in William Wallace aka Braveheart. Growing up (way before Mel Gibson made the movie), my father had our family crest displayed on the wall in our front hall, bearing the clan motto Pro Libertate...as in “they can take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!”  I have taken two sabbaticals in the UK –  one before having kids, and one when our first son was 4 years old.… Read the rest

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10 Fabulous Books Set In Italy

Last year, I curated a list of my favorite books set in Paris. This year, I’m turning my attention to Italy. For one thing, my latest book (which comes out on June 23rd) is set in Venice. But also, because my family and I have just returned from a trip to Italy! It was so wonderful; I am already trying to figure out when we can go again.… Read the rest

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Thrillerfest 2014 Wrap-Up

The highlight of my July, hands down, was going to New York City for Thrillerfest. Before jetting off for NYC, I was pretty excited. Did it disappoint? It did not. I love New York! The conference was held at the Grand Hyatt in New York, right next to Grand Central. Although I flew in, I popped into Grand Central when I first arrived, just to stand in awe.… Read the rest

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ThrillerFest in New York!

In just a few days I’ll be heading to New York. Yes, the mothership for writers. The reason I’m going, besides the general awesomeness of NYC? I’m going to ThrillerFest! It’s an annual conference for thriller writers and readers, hosted by the International Thriller Writers. (And in this instance we’re talking about thrillers in the broadest sense–including mystery, suspense, crime, action-adventure, historical thrillers, YA thrillers…) Here are some of the big-name authors who will be attending: Lee Child, David Baldacci, Lisa Gardner, Scott Turow, Brenda Novak, Steve Berry, Ian Rankin, Anne Rice…and the list goes on!… Read the rest

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10 Essential Things To Do In Paris

If you’re planning your first trip to Paris, there are a few things you must see and do. Paris is my favorite city, and I’ve been lucky enough to have visited several times. It’s also where I set my soon-to-be-released second novel, A Magnificent Crime. Planning your first trip to Paris? Here’s a list of ten things to see and do, for a classic Parisian experience: 1.… Read the rest

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2013 Rewind

Reviewing the highlights of my year has become an annual tradition for me (like many of you), so here goes. When I think back on 2013, this is what stands out for me: My first novel was published! *happy dance* I finished writing my second novel. (And it’s all set for release in June 2014.) I had the privilege of spending another year blogging for Erica Ehm’s fabulous Yummy Mummy Club.Read the rest

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Travel Files: California Dreamin’

In a move that was part insanity, part inspiration, we decided to take our kids on a two-week road trip down the coast to Southern California. It turned out to be a HUGE success–this is a part of the world that is absolutely packed with stuff to do! Here were some of my favorite things: The San Diego Zoo Everybody has heard of this world-famous zoo, right?… Read the rest

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Travel Files: The Best Things About London

London is one of my favorite cities in the world. I’ve been lucky enough to have spent quite a bit of time there–my husband and I have enjoyed two sabbaticals in the UK, first in the year after we were married, and again when we had a four year old son (we now have two boys). My parents both come from Britain–my father was born and raised in London and my mother in Wales–and much of my extended family is still over there.… Read the rest

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Travel Notes: Top 5 Must-See Spots In Seattle

I visit Seattle all the time, and my first novel is (mostly) set in Seattle, so I obviously love the city. If you’re going to Seattle for the first time, there are a few things you absolutely can’t miss. Granted, every other tourist in the city will be at these places, too, but there’s good reason for that. In a future post, I’ll write about some of the off-the-beaten-path sights, but for today, here are my picks for the top five places to visit in the Emerald City: 1.… Read the rest

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10 Fabulous Things To Do In Vancouver

I went to Vancouver last weekend (because my little sister had a baby! A story, perhaps, for another time…). But while there, I remembered how much I love Vancouver.  My husband and I were born and raised in Ontario. We decided to move to the West Coast a decade ago, after having lived much of our lives in the “East” of Canada (sidebar: it’s not actually the east of Canada so much as the center–there are several provinces farther east than Ontario–but everyone on the West Coast refers to Toronto as the East.… Read the rest

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