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I live in a quiet, historic town where the only exciting things to happen occur in books. Most days, you can find me with a cup of tea in one hand, hunched over my laptop as I write, read, or research.

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A Tribute to the Women Who Inspired Me

Yesterday, at my book signing, I was lucky enough to encounter my elementary school principal, Susan MacDonald. Her enthusiasm upon discovering that I had not only pursued my dream of writing for a living, but achieved it, was infectious. It also reminded me how incredibly lucky I was to grow up with the strong women in my life to provide an example for me to live up to.

It started in Grade Three, when Mrs. Anderson assigned the class our first creative writing project. Although I’m certain I would have found writing eventually, she introduced it in a fun way that gave me the initial spark I needed to begin.

My very first story! I still have it. :)

Mrs. Donna Caldwell, who I first met in Grade Five, was instrumental in encouraging my reading habit. She introduced me to classic books and told me to always keep reading. And I have!

Mme Lucy Emond was my French teacher, back when I was fluent in that language. I still remember my first short story I wrote in French, just because I wanted to challenge myself. I wouldn’t be able to do it now, but I recall her encouragement when my father accused me of making up words for the story. (I hadn’t!)

I had some incredible women in between, including Mrs. MacDougall, Mrs. Wells, Mrs. Faulkner and yes, Mrs. MacDonald. In high school, I had the privilege of learning from Mrs. Jane McMillan, who ignited my love of history. Without all these incredible women, I wouldn’t be the person I am today!

So, thank you ladies for being the example I needed to live up to and providing me the encouragement I needed to succeed.

Me and Susan at my signing!

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