A journey to authenticity: 72 months and counting

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 25 November 2016 | 0 Comments

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It's been 72 months and counting, and Finding Maria may not have launched a thousand ships, but it did inspire a series, publishing company, and a journey that continues to unfold. Nov. 24, 2016 was the sixth anniversary of the launch of our first book. So fitting that our anniversary fell on American Thanksgiving this year, because there are so many people to thank for this. An author may write a book, but it's a global village that helps polish, produce, market and appreciate the effort involved. All of that investment, however, is paid forward in the ability to write more books, and in our case, publish books by other authors, helping them realize some reward for their dreams and hard work in the process. 

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What Martin Short and I have in common

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 10 April 2015 | 23 Comments

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Well, not a lot. I adore him. He has never even heard of me. But there are three things we share ...

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Writing Rose, the character I didn't want to know

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 21 November 2014 | 0 Comments

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Writers control the story. So why choose a main character I didn’t like? Simple answer: he did, my male lead Jack, years ago, when I wrote my first book, Finding Maria. Rose was his love, his choice, and ultimately, his source of heartbreak when suddenly she was gone. To love Jack, which I do, hence the series of books to explore his life, I had to at least acknowledge the woman who made him a husband and father, and over two decades evolved to be the centre of his world. His heart had made its choice. To do justice to his story, I had to share hers, and that meant getting past the prickly habits and annoying weaknesses to the heart and soul of this woman. I didn’t have to like her, but I did have to understand her.

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One nurse's journey: now available

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 1 August 2014 | 1 Comments

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What a proud day! In hand is our first title published for a new author: she's sweet and scrappy, courageous and honest, just like her story. I can't wait to introduce them both.

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30 days to feeling better, Day One

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 26 May 2014 | 2 Comments

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       I was supposed to be releasing a new book this month. I'm not. I could blame my schedule, my business partner, global economics and the consistent lack of spring in our Nova Scotia weather and believe me, I have. All it gave me was heartburn and more fatigue. I need spring all right, but spring in my step is the real thing lacking in my life, and while all of the above are contributing factors, the cause lies firmly with me and my choices. According to the charts, I am in the throes of burnout. In the words of my naturopath: my adrenals are 'shot.' I need to fix this now. I know that. I also know that my insurance company will not pay for six months in the south of France. The added wrinkle: I am a lousy patient. I lack discipline for daily gym visits and embrace my nightly couch-potato stance as a sacred ritual. But I am also tired of my own excuses for being, well, tired. So I'm launching an experiment, a give-myself-a-KISS a day program, changing the acronym a bit to replace the negative with a positive. Are there little things I can add to my routine each day to help my body heal? I'm giving myself 30 days to find out. Each day, I'll post one thing I'm adding or changing in my day. Each week, I'll recap and post any noticeable results. Will it work? Who knows, but it beats sitting here whining about my lack of energy and all the things I haven't done.

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From the gardening trowel of babes

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 10 June 2013 | 2 Comments

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I spent a lovely evening with my son at a gardening class a few nights ago. It would have been cheaper to take him out drinking. We'd at least have payback from the empties, unlike what I'll get when these plants follow the proud tradition of those who have been potted before them, which is up and die.

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The Need to Get Dirty

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 30 May 2013 | 5 Comments

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When one does not know what to write, it is a time to get dirty. 

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Think, Work, Stop. Honouring your Creative Cycle.

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 15 April 2013 | 0 Comments

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   I heard this weekend that playwright Neil Simon wrote for seven months of the year, rested for five. Why? He was honouring his Cycle of Creativity.

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The warmth of a good giveaway

Posted by Jennifer Hatt on 8 February 2013 | 1 Comments

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We are to honour our ancestors, but it's bloody difficult when mine didn't have the sense to a board a ship headed south. They didn't end up in the Arctic, at least, but the Canadian East Coast in the grip of a February freeze is a few mitts short of a full house in the game of flesh versus frostbite. As a writer I can let my creative juices freeze where they sit, stay wine-soaked until April, or engage in some creative ways to reach the world without leaving the warmth of my flannel cocoon. As it turns out. there is nothing like a good giveaway to keep the thoughts and brand moving through the darkness of winter, and it is my great honour to announce some recent contests that have brightened my winter and hopefully the winners' days as well.

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