When Words Collide is a Writer’s Conference, held annually in Calgary. This year, its 10th year, it’s all online, thanks to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions. I’ll be part of a panel discussing the joys and challenges of writing for different age groups in children’s literature. Other panelists are Leanne Shirtliffe and Dee Lindsay Hahn, with moderator Liz Grotkowski. Join us – it’s bound to be fun, and I’m looking forward to learning from my fellow panelists. Register at http://www.whenwordscollide.org.

You Know You’re a Writer When…

When a news item or someone’s anecdote gets you excited, you start thinking of how you could create a plot around the idea, who would be the main characters and oh, how you can get them into trouble!

When you’re not writing, you are thinking about writing.

When you get a hollow, empty feeling when you imagine never writing another book or story or poem.

When you have the courage to believe that, despite all the books already out in the world, there might be room for one more – the one you need to write.


The true story behind the inaugural 1923 Calgary Stampede pancake breakfast.

Thank you, Ayesha and team at Red Barn Books, for loving my story and taking a leap of faith with me. I’m excited to work with you and Lea and Hugh Rookwood.

For another great picture book, written by Ayesha and illustrated by Hugh, check out (and buy!!) “Howdy, I’m John Ware”, at http://www.redbarnbooks.ca.


I’m happy to announce that RED BARN BOOKS is publishing my picture book, FLIP, FLOP, FLAPJACK! It’s the true story of the original Calgary Stampede Pancake Breakfast, started back in 1923 by WILDHORSE JACK (my grandfather).

FLIP, FLOP, FLAPJACK! will be published in 2023, and will be illustrated by Hugh Rookwood. See all of the beautiful books by Red Barn Books, at their website – http://www.redbarnbooks.ca.

MORE details to come, but I couldn’t hold back my excitement to be working with the talented team at Red Barn Books. Yahoo!


My short story, Robin Hood of the Prairies, has been chosen for Poetry in Transit, a new project by Poet Laureate, Sheri-D Wilson, launched October 1, 2020. The City of Calgary is displaying excerpts of poetry and short stories on city transit buses and C-train cars. So if you are riding city transit this fall, keep an eye out – there are 10 poets/authors in total whose work will be featured. So thrilled to be a part of this initiative of public art in our city!!


My short non-fiction story, Robin Hood of the Prairies, is published in the anthology of poetry and short stories, YYC POP – Poetic Portraits of People, ed. Sheri-D Wilson and published by Frontenac House.

The online launch happens tomorrow and Sunday – September 26 and 27. The poets and authors will be reading from their work, and readers can join us online. The link to watch is found on the editor’s website – https://sheridwilson.com. I hope you can join us. My reading is scheduled for 3:40 p.m. There are readings by many noteworthy Calgarians (e.g. our Mayor) plus many well-known Calgary authors. Please join us!

Robin Hood of the Prairies

Great news – the anthology, YYC POP, has been published and released for sale. The cover is beautiful! And I’m humbled to be included in this anthology that features short non-fiction and poetry by many well-known poets and authors. Thank you, Sheri-D Wilson, Poet Laureate of Calgary and Frontenac House, for such a beautiful book!


Covid-19 Update

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak and social distancing rules in place in the city of Calgary, and the province of Alberta, the publication and launch of the short story/poetry anthology, YYC POP, has been delayed until October 2020. The delay includes the public transit project of displaying excerpts of poetry and stories on City of Calgary buses and C-Trains. Please, stay safe everyone.