The story behind writing BMX Tunnel Run

The story behind writing BMX Tunnel Run

The ninth in my stories-behind-writing-the-books, which I offer intermittently here on my blog. In between racing and dirt-jumping their BMX bikes, daredevil fifteen-year-old best friends Jake and Peter discover an astonishing underground maze of old mining tunnels....
Junior Library Guild orders my newest novel

Junior Library Guild orders my newest novel

Here’s some nice new-year’s news: the Junior Library Guild has ordered a hardcover edition of Andreo’s Race. Yeah! Yes, my new young-adult adventure novel is off the press mid-April. I’ll be telling you more in a few weeks, but it’s...
Finishing a novel: Are we there yet?

Finishing a novel: Are we there yet?

I finished a novel yesterday. Or did I? When do I declare it’s done? When I’ve completed the final chapter of the first draft? The final chapter of the last draft? (What the heck is a last draft, anyway?!) When I feel ready to send it to my agent? Bingo. I’ve decided...
A writing teacher writes me! (inspiring boys to write)

A writing teacher writes me! (inspiring boys to write)

When my sister Cynthia and I co-authored Jump-Starting Boys — our book on helping boys ages 7-17 read, write and achieve — we obviously hoped it would touch readers (parents, educators and mentors) positively. We especially hoped so given that the project,...
Twas the week before Christmas & a dark and storm night

Twas the week before Christmas & a dark and storm night

Well, okay, it was the week before the week before Christmas. But honestly, it was a dark and stormy night. As in, hurricane force winds. I was holed up in my cabin on a small island trying to finish my novel. Rain and wind whipped around me, making me wonder when a...
Calling all young Canadian writers & poets

Calling all young Canadian writers & poets

Calling young Canadian writers and poets! Announcing the Book Week 2015 WRITING CONTEST for Kids & TeensDo you love to write? Young writers from across Canada are invited to submit their stories and/or poems to the *Book Week 2015 Writing Contest for Kids &...