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Is Canada Even Real? author J.C. Villamere knew how to drive a Ski-Doo by age eight, her body is 90 per cent maple syrup, and among her prized possessions is a signed 8x10 glossy of Shelagh Rogers. She is the most Canadian woman in the world and she's taking your questions! Send your queries to jc (at) villamere (dot) com and watch villamere.com for more upcoming answers.

Tell us about your book: What was your inspiration? Were there overarching themes you felt compelled to explore?

I was inspired to write about my tour in Afghanistan after I came home in 2006 and this resulted in the strict accounting of events and combat actions described in my first book, What the Thunder Said: Reflections of a Canadian Officer in Afghanistan (2009). This book is a war story of a logistics unit.  It is all about the “up and out” experiences of my battalion. 

At one point in Widow’s Walk, the twenty-ninth novel in Robert B. Parker’s masterful series featuring Spenser, the Boston private eye, Spenser says to another character in the book, “In all the years I’ve known you, you haven’t aged any more than I have.”

    The joke in this remark is that at the time—Widow’s Walk is a 2002 book—Spenser would have been all of seventy-two years old!

A Canadian veteran of the Second World War has been awarded France’s highest military and civic order of merit, the Legion of Honour. Murray Peden was presented with the Legion of Honour as a member of the aircrew who flew supplies to the French Forces of the Resistance.