October 18, 2018

Eugene in the Hospital

In the original book, Eugene was in the hospital, and the whole family came to see him there.   They stayed in Halifax for a week, […]
October 20, 2018

Letters to Audrey

The time Audrey and Danny had together at first was brief, but they both felt a connection. They also suffered a sense of loss when they […]
October 20, 2018

Original Opening

When I originally wrote the story, I saw it opening in Danny’s little house along the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia. Life wasn’t easy for anyone […]
October 20, 2018

The Trenches

It could be difficult, in a world gone insane, for a man to hold onto reality when madness beckoned so strongly. This battle scene is different […]
October 20, 2018

Letters of Condolence

In the original book, Danny’s friends Jimmy and Fred were killed in a battle previous to the one that injured Danny. Torn apart by the losses, […]
October 20, 2018

Soldiers In Conversation

Very rarely did soldiers get away from the war to enjoy the luxury of a little rest. When they did, the breaks were too brief for […]
October 22, 2018

Metekw – Plains of Abraham

In the original draft, Me’tekw brought the recovering Amelie to a hospital inside Quebec City’s crumbling walls where she nursed the sick and wounded. Satisfied she […]
October 22, 2018

Connor with Amelie’s Brothers

Not only did I originally have an extra brother in the original story, but the two of them also found Connor during a battle. Just as […]
October 22, 2018

Henri & Michel Make Plans

In the first draft of Promises to Keep, I saw one more older brother in Amelie’s household, and when Henri ran to the Mi’kmaq in September […]