Writing “in the zone”

Writing “in the zone”

Doesn’t happen often, but isn’t it a thrill when your writing goes “into the zone.” What does that mean? For me, it means inspiration is flowing like water through a fire hose, and I resent making time for eating, sleeping or socializing. It...
“Never make reading a chore”

“Never make reading a chore”

by James McCann, former reluctant reader, former bookseller, now library digital services technician and author of teen books. Excerpted from Jump-Starting Boys by Pam Withers and Cynthia Gill (Viva Editions). Reading is important because it opens up your mind to new...
A parent’s greatest gift

A parent’s greatest gift

What’s the greatest gift parents can give their child? Taking care of their own emotional health. When a parent struggles with anxiety, depression or anger issues, there is a hundred percent chance the children will be affected by it. On the other hand, when parents...
Outlining a novel with math

Outlining a novel with math

Ever wondered about outlining a novel? And what does that have to do with math? When I was struggling with math in high school, I decided it was no big deal because I was going to be an author, and why would an author need math?! Ha! Big mistake. Let me tell you all...
A week in Toronto: from book signing to visiting my son

A week in Toronto: from book signing to visiting my son

Just wrapped up a week in Toronto, Ontario, where at the Ontario Librarians Association Super Conference, I autographed copies of my middle-grade novel Bungee Jump for Orca Books, met Dundurn Press publicist Jaclyn Hodsdon and marketing coordinator Kyle Gray, and...