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...
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...
Finishing a novel

Finishing a novel

What do I do when I finish a novel (as I just have)? 1. Clean my office. 2. Do all the chores that have piled up  as I wrote my last few chapters (during that last dash to the finish line, I am aware of very little else around me!). 3. Conduct a final polishing of my...
Writing a novel, Stage II

Writing a novel, Stage II

I used to have a roommate who was a “colorist”; as a young artist intern, she colored-in the black and white artwork of a senior artist. Recently, it occurred to me that Stage II of writing a novel is kind of like that, at least for me. When I finish a...
Writing “in the zone”

Writing “in the zone”

Doesn’t happen often, but isn’t it a thrill when your writing goes “into the zone.” What does that mean? For me, it means inspiration is flowing like water through a fire hose, and I resent making time for eating, sleeping or socializing. It...