Books for Everyone, Canadian, Historical Fiction, middle grade, News, Summer Days Starry Nights, Summer Reads, Writing, YA

Summer Loving

I am so thrilled with the response to Summer Days, Starry Nights. Here are some memorable moments so far, starting with hitting the #1 spot on the best-seller list in Woodstock: Here it is recommended in my favourite childhood magazine, OWL: And again in Canadian Family magazine: The June issue of Quill and Quire had this… Continue reading Summer Loving

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Days That End in Y, Events, Love is a Four-Letter Word, middle grade, News, Summer Days Starry Nights, Summer Reads, Words That Start With B

Summer Days, Starry Nights: Signings & Event Schedule

Tonight kicks off 6 weeks of signings, workshops and events. Am I coming to a town near you? TORONTO BOOK LAUNCH- May 28th, 7pm 3030: 3030 Dundas West and High Park, Toronto WOODSTOCK BOOK SIGNING- June 1st, 1pm Merrifield Bookshop: 417 Dundas Street, Woodstock, On CHAPTERS ERIN MILLS- June 8th, 1pm CANWRITE CONFERENCE- June 13-14 June 13, 3:30-4:45: "Mapping Your… Continue reading Summer Days, Starry Nights: Signings & Event Schedule

Author Interview, Canadian, middle grade, News, Writing

Four Books Later: A Reflection on Being a Writer

On the eve of my fourth -FOURTH!- book publishing, I have been reflecting on what I've learned about writing professionally. 1. Writing doesn't get easier. It's not like after four books I can sit at the computer and stories just pour out onto the keys. The process of writing- the thinking, experimenting, research, etc- is… Continue reading Four Books Later: A Reflection on Being a Writer

Author Interview, Books for Everyone, Canadian, Events, friendship stories, Mystery, News, Personal Faves, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Summer Reads, YA

The Recipe for a Perfect Summer Novel

We are now three weeks away from the launch of my new book, Summer Days, Starry Nights- an ode to summer, the 1960s, and friendship- three of my favourite things! I thought I'd answer some basic questions here to get people excited. Q: Why the 1960s? Carole King in 1962 A: I love the 1960s,… Continue reading The Recipe for a Perfect Summer Novel

Books for Everyone, Cross over, Events, friendship stories, middle grade, Mystery, News, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Realistic contemporary, Spring, Summer Reads, Writing, YA

Summer Days, Starry Nights Toronto Launch: Party Like it’s 1962!

It's party time! If you're in the Toronto area on Tuesday, May 28th come celebrate the launch of SUMMER DAYS, STARRY NIGHTS with me at one of my favourite Junction hotspots, 3030. Starting at 7pm, this is an all ages event and will feature a reading by yours truly and a performance by the amazing… Continue reading Summer Days, Starry Nights Toronto Launch: Party Like it’s 1962!

Canadian, Cross over, Historical Fiction, middle grade, Mystery, News, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Summer Reads, Writing, YA

New Book Announcement: SUMMER DAYS, STARRY NIGHTS

I am thrilled to announce a new book, Summer Days, Starry Nights, due out June 1st! This is my love letter to summer, the 1960s, and growing up. Pretty much all of my favourite bookish things in one novel! I am beyond thrilled with this gorgeous cover, which captures the essence of the novel beautifully.… Continue reading New Book Announcement: SUMMER DAYS, STARRY NIGHTS

Canadian, Days That End in Y, friendship stories, Funny Books, Love is a Four-Letter Word, middle grade, News, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Realistic contemporary, Words That Start With B

DAYS THAT END IN Y: Events and Signed Copies

Want to Hang Out With Me? Upcoming events include this awesome bookstore sleepover for three lucky winners at Mabel's Fables in Toronto: And a writing workshop & signing at Chapters Waterloo on March 23rd from 1-3pm.   Where to Get Signed Books If you're in Toronto, there are now signed copies at the following locations:… Continue reading DAYS THAT END IN Y: Events and Signed Copies

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Contests, Days That End in Y, Funny Books, Good Books for Boys, Love is a Four-Letter Word, middle grade, News, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, Positive Gay Characters, Summer Reads, Words That Start With B, Writing

Waiting on Wednesday: Days That End in Y

My third book, the final in the Clarissa and Benji series, Days That End in Y is available in three weeks! I can barely contain my excitement. I've already received my author copies from Scholastic Canada, look how pretty: Doesn't the blue make you think of summer? Doesn't Clarissa look just ever-so slightly more mature and… Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday: Days That End in Y

Award Winners, Canadian, Contests, Days That End in Y, Events, Love is a Four-Letter Word, middle grade, News, Spectacular Illustrations, Words That Start With B, Writing

October Kid Lit Events Round-up

October is my favourite month. It's pumpkin pie, salted-caramel hot chocolate, and boots season. The air smells like woodsmoke and apples and everywhere you look the leaves are shirking their uniform greenness and letting their colours show. Plus their are two fantastic holidays, Thanksgiving and Halloween! Feasts and costumes! Who doesn't love October?! So it… Continue reading October Kid Lit Events Round-up

Books for Everyone, Canadian, Funny Books, Love is a Four-Letter Word, middle grade, News, Summer Reads, Words That Start With B, Writing

New Book Announcement: DAYS THAT END IN Y

I am thrilled to announce that Scholastic Canada will publish my third novel, DAYS THAT END IN Y in February 2013. Here are some things to look forward to: fireworks, Little League baseball games, old high school yearbooks, bicycle missions, doggie drama, a wedding, at least three major misunderstandings, and as always, a  few surprises.… Continue reading New Book Announcement: DAYS THAT END IN Y