Empty Cup


Mom’s new boyfriend is creepy.

On the night of her seventeenth birthday, Raven finds out he isn’t just creepy, he’s dangerous. He leaves Raven broken and bleeding, but Mom blames her for what happened. She kicks Raven out of the house with nothing but a blanket to protect her from a frigid winter night.


As Raven struggles with the aftermath of the ultimate betrayal, she seeks solace in her imagination and with a teacher who seems to understand her situation. She ultimately discovers that her world won’t change if she relies upon someone else to do it. Real change begins within.


“. . . Sure to prompt reflection and provocative discussions
on important issues.”

Allan Stratton, author of Leslie’s Journal.


“Not an easy story but an important one.
Compelling, powerful and engaging.”

Eric Walters, author of Power Play.

Click here to read Chapter One.


Empty Cup is my first novel.While I wrote it, Raven came alive in my mind. So alive, that there were several nights where I woke up to her screaming at me to write — which I did. As odd as this experience was, I would welcome it to happen again and again. The sleepless nights were worth it.

The story takes place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

The kids in the novel live in an area of Winnipeg called Elmwood. They walk to The Forks. They walk down Henderson, over the Disraeli Bridge, down Lily to Higgins and then over to Waterfront Drive which takes them into The Forks. It’s a long walk :).

Henderson Hwy looking North

Henderson Hwy looking North

Henderson Hwy looking South to the Disraeli Bridge

Henderson Hwy looking South to the Disraeli Bridge

Waterfront Drive apartments

Waterfront Drive apartments

Waterfront Drive street lights and train bridge.

Waterfront Drive street lights and train bridge.


Many scenes take place at The Forks, Winnipeg’s prime tourist attraction and main downtown public hang out. I learned that The Forks gets more tourists per year than Banff, Alberta, and that’s certainly saying something! I love it there. The Forks Market and Johnston Terminal buildings are filled with unique shops, restaurants and galleries. The grounds are riddled with pathways and the Riverwalk follows the Assiniboine River bank from where it meets the Red River, to the legislative grounds. In the winter, the river and pathways are beautifully groomed skating trails. Many festivals and concerts are held here all year around.

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The view of downtown from the top of The Forks parkade.








winnipeg johnston terminal wide 72
Johnston Terminal (the building to the right) houses Espresso Junction, (below) the coffee shop where Raven works. In the novel, the shop is called The Funky Bean. winnipeg espresso junction 72


winnipeg gandhi statue 72winnipeg gandhi bust 72winnipeg gandhi plaque 72The Gandhi  Statue outside of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. This is where Raven, Lyla, Marissa and Troy meet up with a stoned Cole in Chapter 2. Raven feels a connection of peace with the statue.

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Inside the Forks Market building, the picture on the left shows the balcony kiosk where Raven spies a necklace that she likes.


The picture below to the right, well, Cole pukes here.winnipeg where cole pukes 72


winnipeg fire place 72The fireplace inside the skate changing area of the Forks Market building. Raven warms up here after a major turning point in the story.

winnipeg river confluence better 72


The confluence where the Assiniboine River runs into the Red River. This is the riverbank where Raven and Cole sit to chat.

Funny bit of trivia – a fork in a river means one river splits into two. A confluence is one river joining another. Technically The Forks should be called The Confluence, however, the “powers that be” didn’t think anyone would want to hang out at “The Confluence.” 🙂


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Winnipeg’s downtown at dusk, taken from the look out tower at the Forks Market.


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