Elinor Florence

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in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada



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My first historical novel Bird's Eye View is about a young woman who joins the air force in World War Two and becomes an aerial photographic interpreter. Published by Dundurn Press in Toronto, the novel became a Canadian bestseller in 2016.
My new novel Wildwood is about a single mother from the big city who must fulfill the conditions of her inheritance by living for one year in an abandoned, off-the-grid farmhouse in the Peace River area of northern Alberta. She is inspired by the journal written by her great-aunt, the farm's original homesteader.
I grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan and had a long career in journalism, writing for newspapers and magazines including Reader’s Digest. I even published my own newspaper before turning to fiction

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My Mother Chose Her Own Death

My mother June Florence chose a medically assisted death (MAID) in 2017.Dear Friends: My mother happily went to meet her Maker in November 2017 with heartfelt gratitude to MAiD legislation, short for Medical Assistance in Dying. Here’s how it worked for her, and for me. Read more of this blog post »
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I read this book aloud to my six-year-old granddaughter on FaceTime, during the pandemic. She loved it, and I loved it even more than the first time I read it some 20 years ago!
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"I absolutely loved this book! I could not put it down. It has a wonderful fish out of water story as the main character, Molly, leaves her urban fast paced life in Arizona, to an off the grid family homestead in Northern Alberta. There is also a stor" Read more of this review »
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Staking Her Claim by Marcia Meredith Hensley
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This is an interesting compilation of letters, newspaper articles and personal interviews with women who homesteaded alone in the United States -- some of them made it, others didn't. I wish their entire life stories were on record, because these tid ...more
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O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
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The greatest character in this novel is the prairie landscape itself, which informs the human characters and all their actions. Alexandra is a classic heroine, strong and capable and with a warm heart, and her forward-thinking father leaves her the f ...more
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A Life of Her Own by Mae Schick
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A compilation of five fictional stories, each published separately as well. The author took inspiration from references to real women homesteaders and imagined an episode from each one's life -- an older woman, a young women escaping from an abusive ...more
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“I am, to my core, Canadian, so, by osmosis, everything I write reflects that upbringing.”
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“No matter how good it is, your book will not sell itself.”
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“King and Country!”
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Elinor Peggy wrote: "Elinor,
Really looking forward to your new novel coming out in 2018! Happy reading,
Peggy Zsutty"

Thanks so much, Peggy!

Peggy Elinor,
Really looking forward to your new novel coming out in 2018! Happy reading,
Peggy Zsutty

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