Inside Story of writing Stowaway

Inside Story of writing Stowaway

African tree planter slaves: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/55-tree-planters-win-700k-over-slave-like-discrimination-in-b-c-1.2652622 We’d just bought a cabin on a small island off the west coast of Vancouver, British Columbia, and it had a dock....
The immigrant experience in writing

The immigrant experience in writing

http://www.theshoeproject.online/ An author friend of mine, Caroline Adderson, is involved in a cross-cultural writing project called The Shoe Project that helps new women immigrants tell their story of adapting to a new country, and helps those already in the country...

The Facebook dilemma

Some celebrities and individuals are cancelling their Facebook accounts to protest the insidious use of personal data without their permission or knowledge. I just listened to a documentary that recommends another approach. Far more effective than cancelling, or...
In praise of librarians (by a humble YA author)

In praise of librarians (by a humble YA author)

Picture a shy girl living in a very small Midwestern town where there’s not a lot to do but daydream. The second of six children, she needs to escape the boisterous noise of her household now and again. She needs space to think and dream and be alone. She discovers...
Very original young-adult novel

Very original young-adult novel

  I read lots of young-adult novels — it’s part of my job. I don’t usually blog about them, but this one is different. This one is so incredibly original and clever and engaging. This one I would like to shout from the rooftops. Not just for...