I am currently in the process of writing my next book—this time character-driven fiction set in the Canadian prairies circa 1963. It’s developing very slowly. However, as I write I find myself reliving some vivid childhood memories. The following is one of those memories. The first of my teatime treks began on a warm, sunny … More Teatime with Pearl
A few days ago I watched the Netflix movie Worth, a based-on-a-true-story film about the lawyer in charge of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. According to slate.com, the movie fudges some details and creates a few composite characters. Simply put, it’s not a documentary. However, it does remain faithful to its theme—the very real moral … More What is the Value of Human Life?
I need to say a few things about Afghanistan. My heart is broken by what I see going on there right now. I know I am just another voice among thousands, but we did live in Pakistan for five years in the early 1990s. During that time I got to know many Afghan merchants and … More The Rubble of Misplaced Intentions
They say not to judge a book by its cover but I need you to do just that. If you liked the cover of my book, Geckos & Guns: THE PAKISTAN YEARS (Living as an Expat Series Book 2), please vote for it for the Cover of the Month contest on AllAuthor.com! Please take a short … More Cover of the Month Contest
In the past few months, I have been busy marketing and promoting my latest book, Geckos & Guns: The Pakistan Years. I have to admit that this is hard work for me. Writing is my passion and, even on days when my muse is not speaking to me, I always find something to write about. … More My Marketing Journey
I am honored to have a featured guest post on Laura’s Books and Blogs this week—an excerpt from Geckos & Guns, Chapter 7 – A Trip Back in Time. We had only been living in Pakistan for a scant few months when I accompanied Wayne on an official trip to the Swat Valley and Dir … More Guest Post – Laura’s Books and Blogs
Here is the latest review of Geckos & Guns: The Pakistan Years. If you haven’t purchased your copy yet, now is a good time to get it. If you enjoy reading my memoir please recommend it to your friends. Reviews are always welcome too! Happy reading. 5.0 out of 5 stars Pakistan – A Canadian Expat’s … More Another Great Review
Burgeoning lilac tree Deep purple blooms Lace of my grandmother’s heart Deep sweet scent of spring Floating above the sun-drenched veranda Saturating my childhood dreams This poem is dedicated to my grandmother and all grandmothers on this Mother’s Day weekend.
In my latest memoir, Geckos & Guns: The Pakistan Years, I have included stories told to me by some of my expat friends. Day to day life in Pakistan was full of unique, hilarious and, at times shocking experiences. Here is one from my good friend Norma. When we moved to Islamabad, the house the … More Excerpt from Geckos & Guns – Norma’s Cushion Story