Unplugged! (except for August 18 book launch)

Unplugged! (except for August 18 book launch)

My annual sojourn into the boonies begins. Well, not really the boonies, just our cabin in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. But spending the next two months there, finishing my in-progress young adult novel (!), means I’ll be without internet (except for...
Forthcoming YA novel Stowaway reviewed

Forthcoming YA novel Stowaway reviewed

The following review of my forthcoming young-adult adventure novel Stowaway is from the June 2018 issue of Resource Links (“connecting classrooms, libraries and Canadian learning resources”), page 21. Release date August 2018 but available by pre-order...
Children’s Writers Retreat, Mayne Island, BC

Children’s Writers Retreat, Mayne Island, BC

This past weekend I was privileged to hold the fourth annual Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC (CWILL-BC) Mayne Island Writers’ Retreat in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada. Our illustrious speaker was the dynamic Susin Nielsen, and...
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...
Where will my next novel be set? (Richland, Washington)

Where will my next novel be set? (Richland, Washington)

I just finished and submitted my next young-adult novel. At this stage, I’ll reveal just three things about it. First, it’s set in  Richland, Washington (photos are me while visiting my sister in Richland last week). Second, it involves the sport of...
Teachers Resource Guides (TRG’s)

Teachers Resource Guides (TRG’s)

Need a teachers resource guide for Canadian fiction? Reach for the 49th shelf of your nearest bookshelf. By that I mean there’s an exciting new source for teachers resource guides, including for my latest young-adult adventure novel, Tracker’s Canyon, and...
Tracker’s Canyon named a “best book”

Tracker’s Canyon named a “best book”

Tracker’s Canyon has been selected for inclusion in the Spring 2018 issue of Best Books for Kids & Teens from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre. That’s an honor! To learn about the story behind the writing of the book, click here and then...
Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

Wrapping up my week-long author tour of Ontario, I dropped into Toronto for a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend with my son Jeremy. We walked for hours, to The Beaches, through an antiques market, around Toronto Island, Chinatown and Little Italy, and lots of other...

TD Book Week Day 5

I’ll add photos later when they arrive! On Friday I visited Ajax Public library (McLean Branch) in Ajax, Ontario, and Queen Elizabeth Public School i Oshawa. At Ajax, librarian Mandy fed me tea and a homemade ginger cookie to get me revved up, and I presented to...
TD Book Week, Days 3 and 4

TD Book Week, Days 3 and 4

As my week’s author-tour in Ontario continues…. Who knew that the Trent Lakes Public Library in Buckhorn, Ontario used to be a schoolhouse, and one of the librarians, my host Kim Fernandes, is also a children’s author about to go on tour to Japan?! I...