Books

Emily Carr’s BC: Book 3 ~ April 21

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019 in BC Interior, Blog, Books, British Columbia, Canada, Cariboo, Emily Carr, Okanagan, Sea to Sky, South Coast, Sunshine Coast | 0 comments

Emily Carrs BC-BOOK 3-FINAL.inddIt’s almost here. Pre-order online:

Chapters/Indigo or Amazon or Heritage Group

The final volume of my groundbreaking trilogy, Emily Carr’s B.C., presents the culmination of a journey far beyond anything I ever imagined when I set out to explore the landscapes, historical environment, and First Nations traditions that shaped an icon. Author and artist Emily Carr led a merry chase to some of the best-loved destinations and remotest outposts of the province, revealing her character and motivation every step of the way. Wherever this epic traveller (and her trusty canine companions) ventured, I was determined to follow. Book three traces the Vancouver years; forays to the Cariboo, Shuswap, Thompson, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Canyon and Okanagan Valley; concluding with what we know today as the Sea-to-Sky corridor, Carr’s last great expedition.

New Taylor Kerrick Mystery ~ April 30

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019 in Blog, Books, British Columbia, Canada, Okanagan, Taylor Kerrick, Travel | 0 comments

BEAR PAPERBACK front webBear of a Honeymoon Launch ~ April 30

Pre-order online at
Chapters/Indigo (Paperback) ~ Chapters/Indigo (eBook)
Amazon (Paperback) ~ Amazon (Kindle)

Investigative reporter Taylor Kerrick is supposed to be off duty. She’s supposed to be enjoying the honeymoon that career pressures keep forcing her and photojournalist Matt Anderson to delay. But when the couple finally arranges a retreat at the mountain lodge owned by Taylor’s friends, a string of troubling incidents and the gruesome discovery of a mangled bear carcass conspire to derail their romantic plans. Taylor smells a story, but she holds her professional drive in check—until Matt’s sudden departure on an emergency assignment. Hurt and angry, Taylor gives free reign to her impetuous streak. (more…)

A Novel Tale

Posted by on Oct 14, 2018 in Asia, Blog, Books, British Columbia, Taylor Kerrick | 0 comments

Ivory Express Cover 72 dpiDuring a 1993 trip to Taiwan, I was shocked by the masses of ivory carvings I saw on display – everything from cheap key fobs to expensive single-tusk carvings. I particularly took notice because I’d been reading about the UN CITES treaty – which had banned the sale of ivory – and understood that every pair of those single-tusk carvings represented the life of an African elephant. I’d found the subject for my first novel, a little mystery/romance targeted to reach an audience that might not otherwise be aware of the potential extinction of these magnificent creatures.  (more…)

Ivory Express – New Release! First time in print

Posted by on Sep 15, 2018 in Asia, Blog, Books, British Columbia, Taylor Kerrick | 0 comments

Ivory Express Cover 72 dpiJust released, The Ivory Express is the first novel in my Taylor Kerrick Mystery Series.

A high-profile murder launches reporter Taylor Kerrick into the world of international ivory smugglers. Determined to expose the criminals and raise public awareness about the plight of endangered elephants, she sets out to follow the story across the Pacific. The only obstacle is her editor. If Ben Palasco had any idea about the threatening letters—or her ultimate plan to snare the smugglers—he’d never let her go. But even without all the facts, Ben insists on local backup and arranges for photojournalist Matt Anderson to meet her in Taiwan. Taylor bristles, but agrees—fully intending to ditch the guy— (more…)

Taylor Kerrick Mysteries ~ Preview

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018 in Blog, Books, Events | 0 comments

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Sunday, August 19, 2 pm, Merrickville Legion: I’ll be joining six other Merrickville writers – Bruce Kemp, Lesley Strutt, Victor Suthren, Charles R Merredew, Claire Smith and Michael Whittaker – at another of the events sponsored by the Merrickville and District Historical Society in celebration of the Merrickville 225th Anniversary.

I’ll be taking this opportunity to preview the first paperback edition of my Taylor Kerrick Mystery series. Book 1 – The Ivory Express – will launch November 1.

Klee Wyck: Emily Carr and Indigenous People

Posted by on Jun 9, 2018 in Blog, Books, Emily Carr, Events | 0 comments

KleeWyckCover 1941Good thing the Merrickville and District Historical Society does such a great job of getting the word out. I’m so busy working on the third volume of Emily Carr’s BC that I haven’t posted a word about this presentation. As requested by the organizers, I’ll be focusing on Emily’s relationship with Indigenous people as illustrated in her first book, Klee Wyck, and I’ll also be talking a bit about the settler experience she recorded in her second book, The Book of Small. Part of the Merrickville 225 celebrations. June 17, Merrickville Legion, 2 pm. (more…)

Emily Carr: Evolution

Posted by on Apr 12, 2018 in Blog, Books, Emily Carr, Events | 0 comments

Emily Carr EvolutionTruly delighted by the interest in Emily Carr here in my new home village. I’ve been asked to talk about Carr’s art and not being any sort of art expert, I’ve decided to discuss the evolution of her work based on the influence of events in her life.

Merrickville Public Library
Monday, April 23, 7 pm

CICK Smithers – Podcast – 2016-10-21

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Books, Emily Carr, Events | 0 comments

Today I had the privilege of talking about Emily Carr’s BC with the people of Smithers, as the guest of Sheila Peters on her hour-long CICK radio show “In the Shadow of the Mountain.” It brought back such great memories of my travels along Highway 16. Click here for the podcast.