Tag: children’s novels

NaNoWriMo on the Slow Track

I posted a motivational blurb on the SCBWI Canada East website today, about slogging it through the last days of November’s novel-writing challenge. I have never actually made the NaNoWriMo journey, meaning I’ve never done a start-to-finish draft in the month of November. I’ve…

Immersed in Student Writing

This Tuesday, I had the pleasure of calling the names of twelve young writers whose short fiction won places in the Ottawa Public Library’s Awesome Authors Contest. What a pleasure to be one of this year’s judges and to read excerpts from the fantastic…

Friday Faves–Books I Read and Loved this Spring

I updated my Goodreads account this afternoon, adding a dozen or so titles that I read and loved this spring. If you’re looking for a summer read, here are a few of my recent faves. Picture Books Once I Ate a Pie Written by…

All Good Children go to Heaven (or at least to paperback and Booktrack editions)

A couple of cool things have happened this fall with my 2011 teen novel, All Good Children. First, All Good Children is now available in paperback! Orca Book Publishers has produced a gorgeous paperback version of the book. It’s blue, it’s ominous, it’s a…

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…

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…

Radio Interview at Noon

The interview I did in Prince Edward County last month (last post) airs at noon today on 99.3 County FM. Lynn Pickering, host of “The County Writes…The County Reads” asks me about my background, my books, and my advice for young writers. Check it…

Cool Reads for Cool Kids

My latest middle grade novel, 28 Tricks for a Fearless Grade 6, is featured in this month’s issue of Middle Shelf Magazine, in their “Cool Reads for Cool Kids” section (under the “Humor” category, natch – you’ll find my excerpt on page 22.) Check…

Evolution of a Novel

My new middle-grade novel, 26 Tips for Surviving Grade 6, comes out next month from James Lorimer & Company. Just in time for back to school. It’s a comedy aimed at reluctant readers, and it’s my first book with a female protagonist: Becky Lennox. I love that girl. Her…

Laurel Leaves

I like to stay grounded in the present in my writing (with an eye on future deadlines), but every now and then I try to look back on the work I’ve done. Or walk back to it, in this case. My first children’s novel, Walking Backward, was published by Orca…

Dreaded Edits

“Editing is the same as quarreling with writers — same thing exactly.”  – Harold Ross, founder of The New Yorker magazine I am SO happy because I have finished Round One of edits on both my teen novel, All Good Children, and my middle-grade novel,…

Fall Faves

Writing isn’t going so well for me just now–I’m scattered among different projects and I keep going back and forth between two possible plot directions in my sequel to All Good Children. Not good. I don’t like writing blind. I don’t want to whine — that’s why I haven’t…

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