I retired from journalism seven years ago, but retirement only gave me more time to write. In those years after retiring from my job as editor I taught journalism for four years and did my share of freelance writing for magazines. A recent project was to research the first 100 years of my former newspaper and to write articles for a commemorative magazine. While writing, I don’t do anything exotic, like drinking coffee or eating chocolate (though that’s a great idea). I find my focus to be only on the words, or lack of them. I have belonged to several writing groups in the past (most recently Periodical Writers of Canada and Crime Writers of Canada), but have let that lapse for now. For me, writing is all about the story telling, the weaving together of words to entrap the reader and take them on a satisfying flight of fantasy. The working title of my first novel is Change of Fortune, and it deals with secrets — personal secrets and those a whole community keeps.
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