Author Archives: Annette

After thoughts on the Kinder Morgan Protest

After thoughts on the Kinder Morgan Protest

It was raining hard as my husband and I trudged up Burnaby Mountain.  We had dressed in layers, fleece jackets and rain gear, hats and hoods and gum boots.  To get to the Kinder Morgan drill site, we had to circle half way up a hillside where the mud was thick and slippery.  Some of theContinue Reading

20 Book List

20 Book List

When my Goodreads and Facebook friend, Liisa Rene, tagged me to list 10 of my favourite books, I checked my Goodreads list and ended up with 20. Then I managed, with much difficulty to narrow the list down to 10 but I’d left out so many books that I loved. How can you compare theContinue Reading

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? My inspiration for a recent picture book manuscript was a sighting of wolves at our cabin in the Cariboo. It was last winter when we were hunkered down in front of a roaring fire and my daughter spotted three wolves crossing the frozen lake. We quickly ran toContinue Reading

Review of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Review of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

If you’re a writer struggling with plot, read Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl.  You will be inspired!  Flynn knows  how to hook the reader, lead her down the garden path, only to reveal that all the assumptions she has made so far are false.  Flynn’s ability to surprise the reader with plot changes so dramaticContinue Reading

Review of The Fault in Our Stars

Review of The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a brilliant, funny, tragic story about a couple of dying teenagers with cancer.  What? you’re probably thinking.  I wouldn’t go near that kind of book with a ten foot pole.  Who wants to be depressed?  Who wants to think about cancer?  Cancer is all around youContinue Reading

The War on Wolves

The War on Wolves

The War on Wolves This winter, my husband, Michael Sather, and I saw three wolves cross the frozen lake in front of our cabin in the Cariboo.  It was one of those special moments when time stands still, when you are grateful to witness something rare and beautiful.  At the same time, the BC governmentContinue Reading

Review of David Guterson’s Ed King

Review of David Guterson’s Ed King

Ed King by David Guterson is a deliciously clever and brilliant page-turner that impressed me with its sheer audaciousness.  Guterson is a superb storyteller who will hook you almost from the start and deliver surprise after surprise as his characters head for disaster.   As much as I enjoyed Guterson’s quiet and lovely first novel ‘SnowContinue Reading

Review of Alix Ohlin’s Signs and Wonders

Review of Alix Ohlin’s Signs and Wonders

Signs and Wonders, Alix Ohlin’s collection of short stories, is a beautiful book.  Ohlin makes the art of writing short stories seem like a cakewalk.  Her writing appears effortless; her choice of wording so perfect that you think to yourself ‘of course that’s the only way it could be said.’ Many writers of short storiesContinue Reading

My Stand-up Desk

My Stand-up Desk

My Stand-up Desk Unless you’re like Hemingway who is reported to have stood up while typing his novels, the writer’s life could kill you.  Too many writers (me included) and social media types spend too many hours sitting in front of the computer. I enjoy physical exercise and it’s seldom I miss a day workingContinue Reading

Review of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Review of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle I can’t say enough about David Wroblewski’s The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.  It is a strange and wonderful novel that hooks the reader in a myriad of ways.  The passages in which he describes nature are so lyrical and beautifully written, I stopped to reread them several times,Continue Reading