Speaking Engagement

I’ve been asked to and agreed to speak at the September meeting of the Leeds & Grenville Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society on Home Children.

I spoke to this group some time ago (guess I didn’t alienate anyone) and did a talk in Kingston last April on William Quarrier and the home children who came from his organization specifically.

As the time gets closer, I’ll put more information up here.

The Elusive Podcast Qs

I can’t believe I forgot these two questions – the second one especially. Yeesh… At first I thought I would just revise the previous post but I decided to make it a separate post.

Why do I write?

How many novels have you written? Are they published?

Fighting raccoons

Not sure if you’ve heard raccoons fighting or not but once you do, it’s a sound you’ll never forget. I have no idea how many were out there battling it out at 3:00 this morning but it sounded like they were going at it right outside the bedroom window but I think they were in the trees a bit further away.

They certainly were loud! Loud enough to wake the dead. Since they woke me, I rest my case… I sat up and asked the hubby WTF?

Podcast Q&As

I’ve got the Q part of the Q&As for my website down on “paper”. I started the A part yesterday – on “paper”. For this first group there will be 7 questions although I think when I record them, I’ll group some of them together.

The questions are:

When did you start writing?

When and where do you write?

Who is/are your favourite author(s)?

Why did you choose Scotland a the setting for your novels?

In your first novel, why did you choose the Victorian era to send your heroine back to?

There are two more questions but for the life of me, I can’t think of them. I’ll revise this post when I do.


I signed up for a Writing.com account about a week ago. I know it’s that long because they e-mailed me this morning to remind me I’ve not used my account since then. Yeesh…

I’m known as Scottish Lass so watch for that name.

Updated My Website

I’ve found yet another method of procrastinating! I updated my website last night. I’ve used research as well to whittle away the hours so I didn’t have to write.

The website hadn’t been updated since last year so it was time. Apparently, there’s nothing worse than a stagnant web presence. I still have to finish putting the photos from our trip to Scotland in 2000 up there. A rather daunting task since I have four large photo albums to go through. I’ve managed to get through the first two but since this trip was taken BD (before digital), the pictures have to be taken out, scanned and saved before I can go any further. But that’s a project for another time.

Two More Scenes…

Two more scenes for Sarah’s Gift came to me yesterday. So far, I’ve only managed to get them committed to “paper”. But at least, I have a fair idea where each one will fit in. It’s just a matter of getting them put in there and fleshed out so as to blend them in at the beginning and the end so they’ll flow seamlessly.

My Scottish roots and writing by Melanie Robertson-King