Ardelle Holden

Writer of Intrigue and Mystery

The Musings of a Rusty Old-Type Writer

Some of my earliest writing was cranked out on a typewriter just like this one—right after I gave up the quill.  That manual typewriter was a terrific way to pound out stress—and the carriage bell rang with great authority at the end of every line.

But… over the years, I’ve made my peace with the computer. The sensitive beast can barely handle a harsh word. Alright, alright, there may have been more than one harsh word.  It regularly complains of verbal abuse to my tech. And despite our differences, I have managed to peck out a lot of words and I’m eager to share them with you.

I hope you enjoy the mix.
Ardelle

Midsomer Murders and Me

Midsomer Murders and Me

3:30 p.m.   Tuesday 26 June 2018     Merritt, BC. June 20th, 2018 was a magical night—but let me start at the beginning.  In 1988, no, that’s too far back.  While I was in Mexico this past winter, I received an email from Knowledge Network inviting me to the screening...

My Grandmother – The Queen – and Me

My Grandmother – The Queen – and Me

23 May 2018     There was always something regal about my grandmother, Olave Wheatley Hollinshead Bowman.  Although she was born in Canada, her roots were deeply planted in the United Kingdom.  Olave was an avowed monarchist and piqued my curiosity about Great...

Terrance the Terrapin

Terrance the Terrapin

Are you running out of activities for the children while your family is in isolation?

Guest Blog with Jacqui Nelson

Guest Blog with Jacqui Nelson

    On Thursday, April 4th 2019 Jacqui Nelson on her North of the Border blog series, asked me a loaded question? What Canadian people, places, and life experiences have influenced your writing? But she hadn't taken into account my age... I said, Thank you for...

Book Launch Day!

Book Launch Day!

Day 5:  June 30, 2018   Pat and I arrived with all my gear at the Lac du Bonnet Library for my first book signing an hour early—anxious much? But when Vickie Short, the Librarian, arrived, the set up went smoothly.  We rearranged the furniture and set up my laptop...

My First Book in Print!

My First Book in Print!

Day 4: A Person of Interest - Book Launch Tour As we enter Manitoba, it begins to feel like going home.  Anticipation mounts as we swing south to Altona and the Friesen Press plant to pick up my first shipment of books. I couldn’t wait to rip open a box and fondle the...

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan

  Day 3: A Person of Interest - Book Launch Tour As soon as Walmart opened at 7:00 we tottered in with our fellow travellers for breakfast, commuter mugs in hand, not in our jammies and fuzzy slippers. That would have been a bit much. Saskatchewan—you’ve got to...

Rockies to the Prairies

Rockies to the Prairies

June 27th, 2018 Day 2: A Person of Interest - Book Launch Tour As we descended out of the Alberta foothills, I finally took a breath. The majesty of the Rockies never ceases to amaze me.  What a beautiful country we live in. Last year, during our 150th Anniversary, I...

A Person of Interest – Book Tour

A Person of Interest – Book Tour

June 26, 2018 Day 1: A Person of Interest - Book Launch Tour It’s a ‘bright, bright sunshiny day’ on this, the first day of our trip across Western Canada and the upper States.  Pat says if we’re going to do this book tour, we may as well take in the Fly-In at...

The Private Lives of My Characters!

The Private Lives of My Characters!

Ben and Samantha each had a life before I wrote A Person of Interest   Samantha Bowers has just returned to the mainland from Vancouver Island on this crisp September day. She had been whale-spotting on the deck and met someone.  As soon as she entered her apartment,...

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