A Writer’s Life

Yesterday evening, I returned to the Guelph Public Library (Westminster Square Branch) to lead a discussion on the creative life with a lively group of writers and wannabe writers, who braved the cold, blustery temperatures. I shared my experiences and advice on finding inspiration, establishing daily rituals, dealing with writer’s block, and getting published.

I was impressed by the depth and breadth of questions and comments. The group was a diverse one with interests in writing poetry, fiction, memoirs, and self-help books.

Thanks to librarians Karen Cafarella and Deb Quaile for organizing and facilitating this event.

L-R: Erin El Masry, Joanne Guidoccio, Deb Quaile, Karen Cafarella



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At the Creative Spark Winter Market in Guelph

Yesterday, I treated myself to an artist date at the Creative Spark Winter Market. In its fifth year of operation, this annual event showcases the handcrafted goods of thirty-five local artists and artisans.

I was impressed by the wide variety of crafts featured, among them glass art, eco-friendly hair and body products, pottery, woodworking, paintings, and purses.



Kick-Off Party for Guelph #NaNoWriMo

Yesterday evening, I joined six other Guelph WriMos for the Kick-Off Party at Fionn MacCool’s, an Irish pub at the south end of the city. We chatted about our book descriptions, writing processes, and previous NaNoWriMo journeys.

A diverse group, we write in several genres, among them New Adult, urban fantasy, mystery, memoir, women’s fiction, and short stories. Special thanks to Cindy Carroll, our M.L. (Municipal Liaison) for the Guelph/Wellington region. You can find out more about Guelph NaNoWriMo here.

ONWARD ♦ AVANTI ♦ EN AVANT ♦ WEITER ♦ ADELANTE


At Chapters Guelph

Thanks to Events Manager Earl Townsend and Chapters Guelph for hosting me on Saturday. I was happy to be part of the “Canada 150” celebrations and enjoyed chatting with readers and wannabe writers.


Nuts and Bolts of Writing

L-R Alison Bruce, Donna Warner, Liz Lindsay, Joanne Guidoccio

Yesterday evening, I participated in a lively panel discussion with three other mystery writers at the main branch of the Guelph Public Library. We are all published authors and members of Crime Writers of Canada.

We gave mini-presentations on our favorite nuts and bolts of writing—The Right Opening, Character Development, Self-Editing, Building Your Author Brand—and read excerpts from our recent novels. During the Q & A sessions, we delved into a variety of topics, among them short stories, writing and critique groups, conferences, and contests.

Thanks to librarians Andrea Curtis and Deb Quaile for organizing and facilitating this event.

To learn more about Guelph Partners in Crime, visit our websites:

Alison Bruce

Joanne Guidoccio

Liz Lindsay aka Jamie Tremain

Donna Warner


Meet the Authors–Gloria Ferris and Donna Warner

L-R Gloria Ferris, Donna Warner

L-R Gloria Ferris, Donna Warner

Yesterday, I attended an author event featuring two of my fellow Guelph Partners in Crime, Gloria Ferris and Donna Warner. In addition to reading from their novels, Gloria and Donna shared an interview with the International Thrillers Writers and answered questions from the audience. A lively discussion followed, and several topics were covered, among them e-books vs. print books, reviews, book covers, inspiration, and querying.

Thanks to librarian Chris Fraser for organizing and hosting this event at the Evergreen Seniors’ Community Centre in Guelph.

Librarian - Chris Fraser

Librarian – Chris Fraser

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Where to find Gloria…

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon

Where to find Donna…

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon


TGIO Party for Guelph #NaNoWriMo

nanowrimocrestFriday evening, I joined four other NaNoWriMo winners at Fionn MacCool’s in south Guelph for our TGIO (Thank God It’s Over) party. Of the 96 members in the Guelph region, 26 of us completed 50K words and more during the month-long marathon.

Thanks to our M.L. Cindy Carroll for organizing and motivating us throughout the month. We plan to meet throughout the year and compare notes on our NaNoWriMo projects.

As for next year, I’m in for another round. Ideas are percolating for The Missing Gigolo, Book 4 in the Gilda Greco Mystery series.

My final stats…50,940 words with an average of 1,698 words per day.

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