A winning young-adult novel

A winning young-adult novel

Sure, it has already won an award (The Ontario Library Association’s 2016 White Pine Honour Book Award), but I’m giving it another: best young-adult novel I’ve read in a very long time, and best one in the pile of 20 YA novels I had to take home and...
Definition of a bestseller (vs. a successful book)

Definition of a bestseller (vs. a successful book)

  It happens frequently: A total stranger beside me on a plane, when he learns I’m an author, asks how many copies I’ve sold, or how much money I earn from writing per year. Seriously, would I ask him his salary? It’s so rude! I was raised to be polite, so...
Most beautiful place on earth?

Most beautiful place on earth?

  What’s the most beautiful place in the world? A place of quiet inspiration and nature that takes one’s breath away? I’ve just returned from it, and am still under its magic spell. Who’d have thought I’d find a place more beautiful than the one I’m privileged to...
New book out this week! Bungee Jump

New book out this week! Bungee Jump

Drum roll…. Yes, a new book out this week! A middle-grade adventure story.     Quick summary: Thirteen-year-old Chris and his younger sister need to help make their family’s new bungee jump operation work, which means battling rumors that the island it’s on...
Interview re my newly released novel

Interview re my newly released novel

  http://blog.orcabook.com/tuesday-talk-with-pam-withers/ See an interview with me regarding my newly released middle-grade adventure novel from Orca Book Publishers. And tomorrow morning, my blog will offer an inside story of how it came about: pamwithers.com...
Fall-ing back into a writing routine

Fall-ing back into a writing routine

Only mad dogs and Englishmen write with efficiency and dedication in August, right? Well, guess what? Summer’s over and it’s time to get back into a writing routine. And that’s okay, because I’ve had one of the best summers ever; I feel fully...
Get boys reading

Get boys reading

A key reason boys struggle more than girls in school and life: Adults fail to help them get comfortable with reading at a young age.   Boys read less than girls do. Parents read to boys for shorter periods of time than they read to girls. Teen girls read almost...
No-strings-attached donations to schools? Beware!

No-strings-attached donations to schools? Beware!

          When a company offers materials, supplies or money to a school, it’s a kind gesture, a simple tax write-off and good public relations for the business, correct? Not to mention a boon to the cash-strapped school that involves no...
A writer’s perfect pause

A writer’s perfect pause

I just took a weekend pause for my birthday. And it was a perfect pause, a wonderful getaway. A cabin in the woods on an island I hadn’t visited for years, with my loving husband of 31 years. A couple of hikes, a picnic, a delicious dinner at an Italian...
How to encourage your child’s writing

How to encourage your child’s writing

Smart parents write lots of notes to their kids, and set things up so their children need to reply in writing. At school, notes often take the form of criticism. Parents can counter this association by leaving him notes to compliment him on a job well done; notes are...