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Deadpoint is Alive!

It never gets old, the arrival of a new book! Deadpoint was officially released into the wilds today (and, by wilds, I mean your local bookstore, library, or online bookseller…)! I love the quote on the bookmarks, “Fear is not an option.” I even like the punctuation – that […]

When the Writing Just Stops

It’s so weird how this happens. I’m beavering away, have lots of ideas, am all eager to work and then… something shifts. The momentum completely stops. And I find myself drifting about feeling like I have never written anything and will never write again. This morning I was […]

Myths of the Sea

And the newest of the new books has arrived! This was a cool project with Pearson in London. There are three pieces included this volume – a short short story called Sean and the Sea Maiden, a re-telling of part of the Odysseus story, and a non-fiction piece […]

Deep Roots and a Forest of Reading

There is nothing quite so exciting (and hole-in-tongue-inducing) as getting an email that tells you not to mention to anyone that you have received an email with wonderful news! Such was the case when I learned that Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet has been nominated for […]

New Cover Revealed

It’s always exciting when we get to see a new cover for the first time. Birthdays: Beyond Cake and Ice Cream will be out in March of next year and is part of the Orca Origins series of non-fiction titles for kids. It was lots of fun to […]

Deadpoint Trailer

Well, that was fun! When Allegra came to visit this summer she and I decided to create a book trailer for Deadpoint. Allegra is a good climber, a natural director, and a fine writer. She came up with a concept, wrote the script, played the role of Ayla, […]

Ordinary Day at the Office

There are days when I just love my job. Writing the novel Deadpoint (which is a hi-interest, low-vocabulary novel for reluctant teen readers) has been fun from Day One. Day One was spent sitting at… Source: Ordinary Day at the Office

Getting Personal

One of the things I love about the various Orca non-fiction series I’ve been working on is the way each author must insert themselves into the manuscript by including relevant personal anecdotes. As a result, we are writing about topics that a) interest us on a personal level […]

When it Rains…

  Busy doesn’t even begin to describe what’s on the writing to-do list these days! As sometimes happens, two manuscripts have landed back on my desk for editing at the same time – both with similar deadlines. The first is Deadpoint in the Orca Sports series, a novel for […]

Trees, Trees and more Trees!

 It doesn’t matter how often it happens, it’s always an exciting day when a new book arrives! Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet is the latest in the Orca Footprints series. It’s only just come out, but already it is getting some great reviews! If you are […]

Of Trees and Love

While looking for tree quotes that might be suitable for the CIP page of Deep Roots I came across this one by Khalil Gibran who is a pretty quotable guy. I probably won’t use it in the book (I’m leaning toward something from Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell). Another possibility […]

My Kingdom for a Caption

  Deep Roots:How Trees Sustain Our Planet is back on my desk for a few days. This is part of the Orca Footprints series (Orca Book Publishers) and, like the other books in this series, it looks beeee-u-tee-ful! Jenn at Orca is doing a great job with these titles […]