Dorothy Cummings McLean

Dorothy Cummings McLean

Dorothy Cummings McLean is a Canadian writer living in Scotland. Her first novel with Ignatius Press is Ceremony of Innocence. She has been a regular contributor to The Catholic Register (Toronto). Her first book, Seraphic Singles: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Single Life, is a popular work of nonfiction.

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  1. Dorothy Cummings McLean

    The Double Life of Veronica

    December 10, 2014 12:29 pm 5 Comments

    Last night I went to see Kieślowski’s La Double Vie de Véronique (1991) at the cinema, thinking I had seen it many years before. However, I swiftly realized that I had seen only half of the first half, which is about a young Polish singer named Weronika. And I was sorry I… Read more »


  2. Dorothy Cummings McLean

    A Wifing Housewrite

    July 30, 2014 12:38 pm Leave a Comment

    Lately I’ve been reading nothing except Polish in Four Weeks by Marzena Kowalska, A Pocket Full of Rye by Dame Agatha Christie and, above all, Home Comforts: the Art & Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson.  And I’ve been doing little except housework because when I consulted the Great Cheryl… Read more »

    Tags: Agatha Christie Alice Thomas Ellis Catholic literature Cheryl Mendelson conferences festivals Marzena Kowalska reading reviews Scotland

  3. My doting husband and I took the train to London this weekend to promote Ceremony of Innocence and support another Ignatius Press novelist and a Catholic book shop in the process. Our expenses, which came out of our savings, were approximately £678, which is to say, the British equivalent of $1,137.27.

    Dorothy flogs book

    To put this into  perspective, London is an expensive city, and we neither ate at McDonald’s nor confined our sightseeing to churches. So you may subtract £200, or $335.45,  to get a  reasonable picture of what it costs to go by train to London from Edinburgh and stay in a budget hotel for a weekend.

    London, of course, is a city of endless cultural delights and, in our case, dear friends. We visited museums and churches, attended Mass and feasted with pals. But, naturally, we hoped to sell a lot of books, too.  This, as I more than once reminded my museum-crazed husband, was our reason for going.

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    Tags: novels publishing

  4. You are cordially invited to St. Paul’s Book Shop in London, England this June 7 at 4 PM to hear Fiorella de Maria and Dorothy Cummings McLean read from our Ignatius Press novels. Naturally, you will prefer to be in London already. London is rather far for most Ignatius Press… Read more »

    Tags: Catholic culture Catholic literature England Evelyn Waugh

  5. Dorothy Cummings McLean

    Lost To Translation

    May 28, 2014 7:29 am 1 Comment

    I have been absent from this site because I have not had a chance to read a Catholic novel in quite a while. I spent early May travelling about in Poland, and now I am in the middle of translating a speech I gave there into Polish. Fortunately a Polish… Read more »

    Tags: anti-Catholicism Catholic literature Europe novels poetry Poland translation

  6. Dorothy Cummings McLean

    The Travel Novel

    April 26, 2014 7:52 am Leave a Comment

    I am leaving for Cracow (Kraków) in a few hours, the better to celebrate the canonizations of Blessed John Paul II and the other guy. No disrespect to Blessed John XXIII, but in Poland he is most definitely second banana to the great Jan Paweł Drugi. Polish street vendors still… Read more »

    Tags: Catholic literature England Europe Evelyn Waugh Poland recommendations

  7. Dorothy Cummings McLean

    Not a Catholic Novel

    April 15, 2014 8:05 am 12 Comments

    My husband is a convert from Anglo-Catholicism, that tendency in Anglicanism towards Catholic theology and worship, to the Roman Catholic Church, and he retains fond memories of the religious practices of his youth. He was rejected for the Anglican seminary by no less a personage than the wife of a… Read more »

    Tags: A.N. Wilson Anglicanism Catholic literature England Evelyn Waugh reviews

  8. Dorothy Cummings McLean

    Airplane Books

    April 2, 2014 3:03 pm 4 Comments

    I spend the day in the grip of Agatha Christie’s The ABC Murders. Isn’t that terrible? My father once gave me a lecture on wasting good working hours on reading light fiction, but I couldn’t put my tablet down. I was utterly wrapped up in the mystery–in Hastings’ impatience, Poirot’s… Read more »

    Tags: Agatha Christie mystery reviews

  9. Dorothy Cummings McLean

    How to Get Published

    March 26, 2014 4:39 pm 4 Comments

    When I was a child, I was greatly inspired by Canadian author Gordon Korman who wrote his bestselling This Can’t Be Happening At Macdonald Hall when he was thirteen years old. I thought that I too would become an overnight child success, but I did not. Although I wrote story… Read more »

    Tags: adversity creative process editing publishing submissions success writing

  10. How To Write a Story

    March 19, 2014 11:40 am 2 Comments

    I am a writer. I write almost every day. Inspired by a strict Presbyterian friend, I have chosen not to write on Sundays. Although I make money through writing, I do not make very much. Apart from blogging, I make the least amount of money by writing fiction. In the… Read more »

    Tags: creative process creativity publishing writing

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