Author Bio

Pic of me in Freising

Freising, Germany, 1952

My story starts in Germany, in the picturesque Bavarian town of Freising, not far from Munich. Just shy of two, I “crossed the pond” with my parents and older sister, and we began a new life in Toronto, Ontario. Two more sisters soon joined the family. I had an idyllic childhood. I was always “on the go,” exploring woodlands and farmlands, but I made time to “devour” a mountain of books. I also wrote a series of Nancy Drew-style mysteries.

Life accelerated. My teen years took me to four high schools in four different towns of Ontario. I went to university—Trinity College at the University of Toronto—and achieved a B.A. in modern languages. I married my soul-mate, Joseph Hare, and had three beautiful daughters. Life was good: homes in Pickering, Ontario, Cloverdale, B.C. and Kingston, Nova Scotia; interesting jobs in medical administration and sales; trips to Europe, Central America and the Caribbean.

In 1995, my first newspaper article (a humorous piece on the maple sap collecting methods of my husband) was published in the Halifax Chronicle- Herald. Sadly, my husband passed away in 2001. I moved then to Calgary, Alberta to be with extended family, and my children followed me there. In 2006, after a stint of teaching ESL in Ecuador, I started working on Alyda’s Bluff.  Writing my debut novel has been a long, but satisfying journey. I hope, dear reader, that you enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Book cover portrait



  1. Johnena Quirke

    Cordie: Have just finished going through your site and loved it. Have finally been able to put a face to a name. We wish you much success with your writing and your new book. Can’t wait to read it.

    Your Newfoundland friends
    Johnena & Bob Quirke

    • cordeliahare

      Thank you for your kind words, Johnena. I hope you enjoy the book, and I hope that one day I’ll be able to return to Newfoundland and meet you and Bob. In the meantime, Calgary beckons you! I shall do postings of Loretta’s golf tournament on my Facebook pages in July.

  2. michele wells

    I enjoyed read Alyda’s Bluff so very much. I just loved the air of mystery to it. Was surprised at the end.
    Now that i have moved to NS and have visited the valley. Such a bit of paradise here on earth.
    Wishing you well
    Michele also a Newfie friend.

    • cordeliahare

      Thank you, Michele. I’m so glad you enjoyed my book. I agree with you that the Valley is a bit of paradise here on earth. Writing the book evoked so many wonderful memories of the time that I spent there.

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