It’s July 1st, the day my country celebrates the anniversary of itself. This year marks our 150th year as a sovereign nation. This picture might include Alaska as part of Canada, but all Canadians know it isn’t.
For the past few weeks, I’ve heard all kinds of comments about my country from both Canadians and those from other nations–good and sadly bad–but Canada is a young country, still working at establishing itself. We honor our roots which include the aboriginal people who were here first, who according to the experts crossed into North America across the Bering Strait centuries ago, the Vikings who settled a tiny portion of Newfoundland and were the first to navigate the Great Lakes, making it all the way to Minnesota in the US, the French who settled in Quebec, and the United Empire Loyalist who moved north and founded Ontario during the American Revolution. Then you can add members of every other nation in the world who chose this country as their own–Irish, Scots, German, Polish, Ukrainian, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Syrian, Iraqi, Cuban–the list goes on and on.
Are we perfect? No, and when it’s shown that we’ve wronged someone, we try to do the right thing and make amends. Sadly, for some, that trying will never be enough, but we do the best we can.
My family came here from France. My husband’s from Scotland and England. My oldest granddaughter is half Norwegian, four other grandchildren are a quarter Greek and my step-grandchildren are half Mohawk. How’s that for diversity?
I speak French and English with equal ease although I write in English. While I may set my stories in a variety of places, I do set some in my homeland.
The Price of Honor tells a bit about the struggles of New France and the problems faced by those who settled there. Fire Angel is set in the Canadian Shield area of Ontario, Come Home for Christmas is set in the Alberta Foothills, and while Echoes of the Past is set in Prince Edward County, Ontario, and Hello Again is set in Saskatchewan, both of these are based on aboriginal myths.
When I decided to write my latest romance suspense novel, No Good Deed, I chose to set it in Canada as well. It seemed fitting for a book published this year. The story features actual locations in Western Quebec and Eastern Ontario, including references to Cornwall, my hometown.
I’m proud of my country and its beauty as well as its multicultural aspects. Eventually, I hope to set a story in each province and territory. It’ll take time, but it will be well worth it to celebrate the wonder of my home and native land.
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Happy Canada Day!