Rebecca McCurry

You know how when life is busy with work, kids, obligations, etc. you promise yourself that when you finally have the time, you will write...well, I, Rebecca McCurry, finally have the time.

Two years ago, I had a stroke and have been battling with subsequent health issues culminating in cervical surgery two months ago. These challenges gave me the opportunity to see life differently and reminded me to value the simple things in life. I take nothing for granted.

At just 55, I was forced to retire ( due to health issues) from a 28 year career teaching English and writing. As a runner, cyclist and avid Yoga practitioner, sitting still was not my forte! However, the stroke left me no choice but to develop patience. I consider it a gift in disguise!

Now, it is my turn to write for pleasure and to indulge my quest for knowledge as a lifetime learner. I have begun my new career as a writer by creating a personal blog and site to enrich the lives of others. My blog CelticWinds ( musings on life and meditation) and The Strength of Women ( posts to encourage and support each other) can be found via FB. I’m writing a book about strong, little known women in history who have contributed to change. It is a culmination of years of research.

Elinor Florence

I am 68 and retired from my journalism career. My first historical novel was published by Dundurn Press in Toronto four years ago, about a young Canadian woman who joins the air force in World War Two and becomes an interpreter of aerial photos. Bird's Eye View went on to become a Canadian bestseller!
I was so thrilled that I self-published an anthology of interviews I had done with war veterans, and then went on to write another historical novel about pioneer life in northern Alberta, titled Wildwood, which was published by Dundurn Press in 2018.
Marketing has been a big component of my life in the last few years, but I also continue to write a very extensive blog called Letters From Windermere, a collection of news, notes, and nostalgia for people who love the past. You can read more than you ever wanted to know about me here: 

Bird's Eye View


Stella Fosse

I’ve wanted to write all my life, and made a good living writing FDA submissions about new diagnostics for various biotech companies. Three years ago I published my first book, “The Year of the Mite,” under the pen name Jane Ishka. It‘s a scientific memoir about getting rid of a parasitic mite infestation. Published by a small house staffed by CalTech nerdsin their spare time, it still appeals to a few unfortunates with biting mites. But this new book, “Aphrodite’s Pen,” is on a whole different scale: book tour, social media platform, and will be distributed by Random House. It is set to launch in September, two days before my 66th birthday, with the pen name Stella Fosse (my son says, “Mom, when are you going to publish as you?”).