Tag: books

Satan Makes Lemonade

For the eighth time in my life, I’m trying to finish Milton’s Paradise Lost. (So far, I’ve reread Book I, the bit about the fallen angels landing in hell. It’s fun to read aloud when you get to lines like, “Awake, arise, or be… Continue Reading “Satan Makes Lemonade”

The Willow Awards

It is an honour to have my latest middle-grade comedy, 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6, selected as a 2016 Diamond Willow Nominee! For those who may not know, Willows are not just gorgeous trees. They are also Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice Awards… Continue Reading “The Willow Awards”

SCBWI Spring Conference in Ottawa

There are still a few spaces left for Ottawa’s SCBWI Art of Story Conference scheduled for the end of the month. For two days, guest speakers will offer workshops and presentations to everyone interested in writing or illustrating children’s books, from aspiring picture book illustrators to established YA novelists. There’s something for every… Continue Reading “SCBWI Spring Conference in Ottawa”

Hello, Prince Edward County!

I’ll be making my way southwestward next Tuesday to meet with elementary students in Wellington and Picton, Ontario. At the invitation of the Rotary Club of Wellington and the County of Prince Edward Public Library & Archives, I’ll be helping the county celebrate Rotary Literacy… Continue Reading “Hello, Prince Edward County!”

When Good Ideas go Bad

I keep a writing journal in which I write scenes by hand, work out plots, explore characters, make note of submissions, and – most important of all – jot down ideas for new books. I’ve kept writing journals for years and they contain some wonderful… Continue Reading “When Good Ideas go Bad”

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