Alice Nixon, From Jillaroo to Mansfield Vet

Alice works for Progressive Equine Services, a mobile business looking after horses in the Mansfield District. With a life-long love of the outdoors, she has also done stints as a jillaroo and at a Canadian ski school. Read on to hear more about Alice’s journey to become a country vet. Did you grow up in … Continue reading Alice Nixon, From Jillaroo to Mansfield Vet

Kate Murdoch on Writing Historical Fiction

Update: Stone Circle is a First Place Category winner in the Chaucer Awards for 2018! Kate Murdoch, an accomplished painter, exhibited for fourteen years, was a finalist in prize shows and was represented by a gallery. She changed paths after a character appeared to her in a dream and compelled her to tell his story. … Continue reading Kate Murdoch on Writing Historical Fiction

Jennifer Harrold’s Mansfield Tree Change

Jennifer moved to Mansfield eight months ago. She fell in love with the town at first sight and is already active in the community. Read on to hear her tips for a successful transition to country life. Tell us a bit about your life before Mansfield. I lived in Montrose at the base of the … Continue reading Jennifer Harrold’s Mansfield Tree Change

DIY Project Two: Ski Coat Rack

Since spending time in Mansfield, my interest in re-purposing has come to the fore. So, when Barto mentioned a couple of old pairs of skis, I suggested they'd make a good coat rack. In my favour, Barto was too attached to the skies to let me mess with them, so he took charge of the … Continue reading DIY Project Two: Ski Coat Rack

The Perfect Time to Write

Have you ever wanted to write, but struggled to find the perfect time and place? Does the following sound familiar? I can't start work until I have the right __________ (fill in the blank: study space, computer, head space, time, other). Yes, it's hard to fit creativity into our busy schedules. Wouldn't it be wonderful … Continue reading The Perfect Time to Write

How JJ Campbell Reclaimed Her Voice

JJ Campbell's fascinating background includes jobs as diverse as hypnotherapist to video producer. Her first published novel, Reclaimed, is book one of the paranormal trilogy, The Immortal Trinity. The story of how it came about is an inspiring tale of women helping women. What did you want to be when you grew up? I was a … Continue reading How JJ Campbell Reclaimed Her Voice

The Winding Narrative Turns One

Today marks a year since I posted my first blog, so it's time to review progress. In my first year, I wrote 42 posts and nearly 30,000 words. Here are some highlights from The Winding Narrative: I celebrated a win in my writing journey when I signed with Michael Cybulski of NAC, see Five Reasons to … Continue reading The Winding Narrative Turns One

Kate Forster, Novelist and Founder of Ladybirds

This week, I had the pleasure of chatting with Kate Forster, best-selling novelist (women's fiction and young adult romance) and founder of The Ladybirds—Women Who Write Helping Other Women Who Write, a support network for female writers on Facebook, now over 1,500 members strong.  Kate charmed me with her honesty, grounded approach and a genuine … Continue reading Kate Forster, Novelist and Founder of Ladybirds

The Case of the Mysterious Rose Saboteur

As you may know, Barto and I have invested in a country property near Mansfield. Barto is in big-kid heaven with grown-up Tonka toys such as a tractor, ride-on mower and log splitter, while I’ve become chief gardener. One of the previous owners planted a garden across the length of the house with 45 roses. … Continue reading The Case of the Mysterious Rose Saboteur

A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Online Book Reviews

Over the past two weeks, I’ve discussed websites, blogs and social media for writers. To finish the puzzle, this time, my focus is on posting book reviews. With the boom of self-publishing, over one million new titles are released each year in the US alone. One way to make your book stand out is by … Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Writing Online Book Reviews