About this site

Well, hello there! My name is Angela, and I am so glad you stopped by my site!

I write books for Middle Grade readers (8-12). Young Adults (13-19) and Adults. This is where I blog about my characters, detective mysteries, the writing process, research and much more.

Portia Adams, is a fictional detective who lives in 1930s London. I created her in the summer of 2012. The first three books in the series are available through Amazon or directly through me on this site.

Pickles vs the Zombies is a new book featuring a fellowship of marvellous mammals fighting their way through the human zombie apocalypse and comes out September 2019.

The best way to get in contact with me is karmicangie AT gmail.com

External articles & interviews about Jewel of the Thames and writing:

Daybreak Alberta interview with Chris Dela Torre – June 21, 2014

Here & Now interview with Gill Deacon – June 3, 2014

On the Coast interview with Stephen Quinn – June 23, 2014

Homage to Holmes – on 49th Shelf – May 19, 2014

How to write detective fiction – on CBC Books – May 16, 2014

Get A Clue: Writing Detective Fiction – on Kobo Writing Life – May 7, 2014

Writing YA & Pastiche  – on The Femmes Fatales – Nov 27, 2014


  1. This is awesome! I love how you document everything that you’re doing on your projects. I’ll be back by to check this out more often.

  2. Thanks for the follow on my blog. I see you’re also a writer, with an innovative approach at that. Since I dabble in historical fiction, I love how you’re providing informative entertainment about the 1930s period. Love the blog and its layout, by the way!

  3. Hey, i like your blog. Thanks for following mine. We seem to work at opposite ends of the story timeline: you setting yours in the past, and I setting mine in the future. But i look forward to reading more of your blogs.

  4. Best part about writing fiction is doing the research. I love researching on people, places and things. I think I’m really going to enjoy your blog. 🙂

  5. I decided to stop by and have a look around. Love…love…love your site! I am going to become a frequent visitor. I’m so glad to have ‘bumped’ into you. Wishing you the most excellent luck in your literary endeavours! 🙂

  6. It seems like you have put a tiny camera into the brain that Kristen and I co-inhabit. I love your post about how you respond when asked if you’re a writer. I love that you are now harassing agents. (We keep actual index cards full of info on agents, dated with when we expect to hear back from them by. Weird, right?) Stay in touch, as I feel we have much to learn from each other/ freak about together.

  7. “The Universe is a big place, and I’m just one girl, but I will make a difference, that I promise you.” And I expect you to ! No pressure intended of course.

  8. I love your blog. I hope you will accept a nomination for the One Lovely Blog Award! You can go to my blog for more info. It’s writersite and you add the .org afterwards. It’s today’s post “Gratitude x 7+.” I can’t link it here, I guess.

  9. I really enjoy the pictures to set the scene for your blog, especially the picture of the London street. It has a Sherlock Holmes type feel to it. I just started watching the BBC America TV show Ripper, and apparently, London only looked genteel.

  10. Hey, thanks for liking my post dearest late night thoughts. I thought I’d stop by your blog as a result and am delighted with what I’ve found! Really interesting take on a blog and looking forward to reading about how your build your series. Best of luck!

  11. Very creative blog. You said in your interview that you wish one day your dream job would be a full-time novelist; apparently, you’ve already made it. (“Writers do not write because they want to, they write because they have to.”- Stephen King ) I inserted that quote in regards to your dream. As long as you do what it is you love to do, then the rest will follow.

  12. Does your website have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an email.

    I’ve got some creative ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing.
    Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing it grow over time.

  13. Hi Angela, thank you so much for following my blog when it has only one post.. That’s very encouraging. 🙂 While browsing your blog I thought it’s funny cause I used to write short stories myself. Maybe I’ll pick up writing stories again some time soon. It’s really nice you’re sharing so much of your experience here. I wish you best of luck with your writing!

  14. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good.

    I do not know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

    • Not yet, though I am alternately excited and insecure about it. We’re still in 1921 in the books, but one of the casebooks in book 3 occurs in Italy when Mussolini was really getting ramped up. It’s a little worrying making sure that Portia has the right frame for her social status/intelligence/age for the actual reality on the ground.

      • I know what you mean. Historical fiction is challenging, creating a fictitious persona that parallels a actual events. So many details! But you know, I AM a historian, and the 20th century is my area is specialty 🙂

  15. Wonderful book, Angela! I just finished reading your first novel, and enjoyed it thoroughly. I found out about you through a friend that purchased your books at a book-signing at Chapter’s-Kitchener last month ~ I am one of the “tea ladies”!! Looking forward to reading the next ones… good luck with this series!

    • Lovely to meet you Shelley! And please thank your friend for introducing my girl Portia to you! I am doing another signing at the Kitchener location in April I think, so I will post it on this site when I know for sure in case you want to meet in person…

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