Tag Archive | walking backward

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 mix of winning stories: humour, drama, sci-fi, horror, and sad, sad […]

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 out. (It’s on in 45 minutes. Just enough time to hide some […]

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 Book Publishers in 2009, which feels like quite a while ago. […]

QWF Gala

  My writing blahs were blown away last week at the Quebec Writers’ Federation Gala in Montreal. It was even bigger and better than I’d expected – definitely worth the drive. Mingling with other writers, celebrating local literature, consuming free wine and hors d’oeuvres… it was just what I needed to renew my interest in the written word. After the food […]

Wonderful Book Review

I know I said I wasn’t going to read any more Walking Backward book reviews, but fellow author Kate Jaimet sent me an email this weekend congratulating me on my review in the Globe & Mail, so I just had to check it out. (I was wary of opening the page, but Kate’s congratulations spurred me on.) […]

Book Launching Afterword

Now that I’ve had my first book launch–which everyone tells me went very well, though I was so nervous it’s a bit of a blank–I thought I’d pass on three bits of advice for future launchers. First, you need more set-up helpers than you think. Bank on unforeseen delays. (It took me half an hour to cart everything from my car […]

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