Getting outdoors

Getting outdoors

  Where do I do my best plotting? I write adventure novels for teens, so naturally, I have to get outdoors sometimes, even if it requires wearing a mosquito jacket or balancing on logs. Anyway, I’m too busy writing this week to post a real blog, so...
Is your son struggling in high school? How to help.

Is your son struggling in high school? How to help.

High-wage jobs traditionally snapped up by men with lackluster grades and/or no college degree are disappearing.   “Most men are capable of swift and important change when they understand and see their course clearly.” —Anthony J. Ipsaro, Ph.D., Psy.D. The good...
“Reads like a memoir”: Tracker’s Canyon review

“Reads like a memoir”: Tracker’s Canyon review

  “Reads like a memoir…The canyon becomes a metaphor for the difficulty of Tristan’s life, as the grieving process proves to be arduous, with little family support to guide him.” Another review of my young-adult adventure novel, Tracker’s Canyon....
The art of reworking a manuscript

The art of reworking a manuscript

When artists need to rework a detail, they can paint right over it. When writers need to rework something, maybe it’s not so different. I’ve been musing about that since an artist friend invited me into her studio last week. It was a tiny cabin in the...
Tracker’s Canyon: a 4-star adventure

Tracker’s Canyon: a 4-star adventure

My young-adult adventure novel has clinched yet another enthusiastic review, most recently from Emmie Zeelie on NetGalley: “Tracker’s Canyon is nail-biting from the start. From the beginning the reader is kept in suspense and wondering who it is who wants...
Novels can cure what ails you

Novels can cure what ails you

Can a novel cure what ails you? Absolutely: It’s called bibliotherapy, which means reading as a type of therapy. I was sitting in the library one day, having a small bout of writer’s block while trying to start a new novel, when I looked up and saw a book titled The...
Bear-ly started my new novel

Bear-ly started my new novel

I’ve barely started writing my new novel, but it’s all outlined and going smoothly. There will be bears in it :), and since I recently returned from the Great Bear Rainforest where I was researching it, I thought I’d add a few more photos to my...
YA adventure Tracker’s Canyon: another 5-star review

YA adventure Tracker’s Canyon: another 5-star review

From Netgalley and educator Martha Lawton comes yet another five-star review of my young-adult adventure novel Tracker’s Canyon (Dundurn Press): Rating: 5 out of 5 stars “Tracker’s Canyon was a great adventure story for many students. The book is well...
A visit to the Great Bear Rainforest

A visit to the Great Bear Rainforest

My back-to-school adventure this fall is in Bella Coola, British Columbia, Canada: population 2,000 and 450km/270 miles northwest of Vancouver. It’s in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, the setting of my next novel, and I’m speaking at the high school there...