Thursday, November 26, 2015


My blog is up and working. So many ideas have run rampant through my brain I'm not sure where to start. One of my ideas was to talk about incidents or an incident in my long life journey and how it impacted on me as I grew up.

So to begin: When I was a little girl, four years old, I was playing on the grass and on the sidewalk at the front on my house. My brother, younger than me, was pushing himself on a kiddy-car. It was summertime. Some big boys came past and one of them put a big earth worm down the back of my sundress. I ran screaming for my mother. She came out immediately and got the worm out. It was a terrifying experience for a little girl.

From that day to this I cannot touch worm. We lived in Burlington when I was a teenager. Word soon got about worms were useful to terrify me. On rainy mornings with worms on the sidewalk I left for school early to miss the boys and the threatening worms.

It probably sounds ridiculous since worms are harmless little creatures but the horror stays with me. I have tried to touch one and can't, even with a glove on! When we lived in Montreal our house was next to a field, our daughter came in with a grass snake in a jar. "OUT! I cried."  Lesley ran off with her snake. I never want to visit Africa in case a snake falls out of a tree and slithers round me.

Have any of you had an experience that affected your life in one way or another? Doesn't have to be a major trauma. Look what a worm did to me. Share it with my blog.

Next blog let's look at the things that bring us joy. A famous Greek philosopher, whose name escapes me, thought life was meant to be pleasurable.

Anita Birt, author of :  A DIFFICULT MAN.  ISABELLE'S DIARY.  ISABELLE'S STORY.    RING AROUND THE MOON.   TOO YOUNG TO DIE. They are available as e-books and in hard cover.

Anita Birt

Friday, November 20, 2015


My blog has been out of commission for days and days but my wonderful computer helper as me back at work. Now where was I? Over the lazy days of summer I have neglected everything including my book, "Lady Mary and Murder on the Canal Boat." However, it is coming along. I have 45,000 words and I can see the end approaching.

I do hope you have been buying my romance novels. Here they are again to jog your memory and your wallet. They are available as e-books and are really cheap!

A VERY DIFFICULT MAN (Historical romance,when a young lady is hired to read to him! He does not want her and does his best to get rid of her. Throws books at her!)

ISABELLE'S DIARY, ( Contemporary with a ghost and link to the past. A modern romance to keep you turning the pages)

 RING AROUND THE MOON (A time travel romance he comes from the past to the present time.
she's an American who has rented a cottage in Cornwall, England. A man from two hundred years in the past! An artist. He has no modern documentation, how can he survive? Falling in love helps.)

ISABELLE'S STORY (historical - linked with ISABELLE'S DIARY  (did she really come as a ghost to the present time? Why? Read how she almost died on a desolate moor)

TOO YOUNG TO DIE  (a nanny has a three month old baby to care for but international thieves have murdered the baby's parent and now search for the nanny. She has knowledge they must have and will stop for nothing)

I am close to finishing my mystery which is the beginning of a series with Lady Mary, A quiet but determined solver of mysteries - with help from the police. She seems to stumble into problems, like fining a dead body. I'll let you know when I finished and polish my book.

In the meantime, life goes and I age. I don't have the writing energy I used to have so sitting and writing means setting aside an hour or two a a day to write. My husband is no longer with me. I miss  his quiet encouragement.

I'll be back soon now I have my blog up and running.

Anita Birt

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Anita Birt - blogging for fun?

I wish I had a social media presence pointing at the bad people in the world and what to do without them. I'm afraid, that's why. A bad person may come after me and I'm too old to fight back. Imagine knocking off an old lady. Would anyone care? Would you?

How about the old people, of which there are many, does anyone care about them.? Where do they live? What if they require medical assistance and can't afford it? Lucky us in Canada where most of our medical requiirments are covered. We pay taxes to cover the cosr. For instance, I was in the hospital for seven days last Feburary and the costs were all covered. It must be awful in the States to have huge medical bills. How do you manage? I remember sailing to Seattle on the Coho and speaking with a family who were in dire straights who feared they'd have to mortgage their home to pay the bills.

Let's turn to a more cheerful subject. Out for my walk by the sea this morning I saw a heron fishing. They stand so still on their long thin legs waiting for a fish to swim by.  A hard way to get a meal to fill such a large creature.

Lady Mary and The murder in the Canal  Boat is coming long. It's not a long book. I'm aiming for 50,000 words. I have no real hoipe of finding a publisher unless trhe publisher has a soft spot for an old, old writer who refuses to lie down and die.

One a writer always a writer. It's an addiction.  I'm always coming up with new ideas for stories but I haven't the energy to get down to writing them.

I hope you are all reading Richard Flanagan's books. He won the Man Booker Prize for "The Narrow Road to the Deep North." I've read all his published novels and am in awe. He gets into the hearts of the characters in his novels. The last one, "Death of a River Guide," took me to places on the Franklin River in Tasmania that had me almost afraid to turn the pages. Amazing description of the work of a River Guide.

And that is it for now. Comment about anything!

Anita Birt

Friday, June 26, 2015

Anita Birt - blogging is not working for me. No catchy title. No social media. I am an outcast.

I am an outcast hanging out waiting to be saved for something better than this; such as offering brilliant thoughts  to bring in brilliant responses. Not going to happen. I am an elderly woman having lived a long and interesting life. I've lived in five different countries. I've had five romance novels published to great acclaim. I sailed across the Atlantic in a 79 ship convoy  during the war. Our convoy was attacked by a German submarine. Two ships sunk with a great loss of life. But the submarine was tracked down and sunk two months later. More lives lost.

I am writing a mystery. Lady Mary and Murder in the Canal Boat. Mary accidenatally discovers a body in a rented canal boat - the body much decayed. Not pleasant.

There's a wonderful dog in the story who becomes Mary's companion. Her name is Kim. She is a border collie. Smart and protective of Mary. Don't mess with a border collie they are clever animals. I knew a dog when I lived in Wales, She wasn't border collie but did take delight in rounding up the chickens out in the field.

Do keep purchasing my romance novels. They are real page turners. Try TOO YOUNG TO DIE and find out! Imagine having a three month baby  in your arms and escaping into a dark forest with four nasty thugs looking for you. Gives me the shivers thinking about. Here is the list of my romance novels.

A VERY DIFFICULT MAN (historical) ISABELLE'S DIARY (contemporary) ISABELLE'S STORY (historical) RING AROUND THE MOON (contemporary but with a time travel twist) TOO YOUNG TO DIE (contemporary, murder mystery)

THE GHOST WRITER MYSTERY (e-published. costs pennies to buy)

I'm away to think about Lady Mary. My book is almost finished. How to end it?

Anita Birt

Comments are welcome.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Blogging for fun - Anita Birt

I should be writing a few lines of my Lady Mary Mystery. The Canal Boat Murder, but I am digressing for a few minutes.

Summer is creeping its way on to Vancouver Island. I walked to James Bay this morning and it was hot! First I took off my scarf. Then I took off my jacket. That's where I stopped.

I'm reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. It's a real page turner. I make myself stop reading when it's time to go to bed. I like having to look forward to the next day.

I do not read fiction during the day! Don't ask. It's a family thing. My niece, Elspeth, allows herself to read fiction after 4.00 pm. Friends laugh at me! I'll read non-fiction during the day but not often. Has anyone else such a rule. I have no idea where it comes from up.

I'm thinking my Scottish grandmother might have encouraged serious business during the day and keep enjoyment until later.

Buy my books and keep me smiling during the summer, fall winter and spring. A VERY DIFFICULT MAN.

A VERY DIFFICULT MAN is a historical romance. takes place in England, 1856.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Blogging - Anita Birt

I wrote a blog yesterday about all sorts of interesting things and accidentally deleted the whole damn thing. How did I do that?

My granddaughter is visiting from Toronto. She works for the television program, The Property Brothers. She enjoys her work and is glad of a rest out here in God's country. The weather is co-operating, sun is shining and the sky is blue. We walked part of the break water at Ogden Point and watched an otter swimming. No octopus this time.

About writing. My e-book, The Ghost Writer Mystery by Anita Birt is lagging in sales. It's costs pennies to buy and download on your e-reader or other device. So make my day and buy a copy. It's a good read with all kinds of twists and turns. One of the central characters is a GHOST. Enjoy my book.

My Lady Mary Mystery and The Canal Boat Murder is coming along. It's not going to be a long, long book. Although stories have characters elbowing into a story and demand attention. that's part of the fun of writing, something turns up to make the author's life interesting.


Sunday, April 5, 2015

ANITA BIRT - Blogging about my heart!

Is anyone out there blogging anout the miracle of having a human body? I got thinking about my heart. It began beating inside my mother's womb and conintued beating after I was born. This same heart continues beating ninety-two years later.

My body is a functioning miracle. I breathe. My body has ways and means to clean itelf. Nothing stays inside very long once its usefulness is done. Then the process starts over again when I've eaten  and drunk.Whatever is useful is used the rest is excreted. This happens day after day. I don't have to give it a thought.

 I have the eyes, ears, nose, mouth and tongue I started with all those long years ago. My feet are basically the feet I started with, grown big to suit my growing up. Same with legs, arms, toes and fingers.

Think about it. Think about the miracle of your body. Take care of it and it will take care of you. Yes, illnesses  come to test our body's ability to take care of itself. Modern medicine lends a helping hand  That in itself is a miracle. I know from my hospital stay my body needed help, especially my right knee and the pseudo gout playing merry hell with it.

Any comments. How often do you think about  your heart? How long have you had it? Are you taking care of it? WHAT ABOUT YOUR BRAIN? It's the big controller, silently keeping track of this and that. Can't live without it.

Anita Birt, Romance and Mysterry author.