Coming March 2020

The Copy Cat

The Night Gardener

From time to time, I want to share some really good books I’ve been reading.  Today is one of those days.  The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier, is a spine-tingling suspense story for kids. Part horror story, part fairy tale, this is a real page-turner that cannot be put down – we MUST discover what’s going to happen to Molly and Kip and we have to find out the truth about The Night Gardener.

Picture of the Night Gardener's cover

Auxier, who was a finalist for a Govenor General’s Award for this book, builds a complete and wonderful world full of characters we come to love!  A real gem and I agree that it is destined to become a classic! I highly recommend it to all parents and teachers!

Book Deal Announcement and Why Teachers Matter

I promise not to talk much about my book for a long while, but can’t help but be excited about the announcement yesterday about my book.

I got lots of nice congratulatory messages, but you know which one meant the most? The one from my elementary school teacher, Mrs. Garnett.

I literally assaulted Mrs. Garnett with my poetry and my stories when I was in her class.  I think of how excited I was about writing and how she always seemed so excited about it, too.  If you don’t think a teacher can make all the difference in someone’s life, I would have to beg to differ.  Mrs. Garnett’s enthusiasm for me and all her students changed my life.

I kind of think all the congratulatory love I got yesterday belongs to her, too… Thank you Mrs. Garnett!


Why you should dare to dream

Three years ago, if someone had told me that I would

  • quit my job
  • begin writing full-time after having not written at all for many years
  • actually land my first book deal

I would have been convinced they were mad.

All three of those things have happened.

For many years I tended the flame of my dream to write for children and young adults. I was pretty certain it would be a dream unfulfilled. But the universe has a way of shouting in your ear in strange and wonderful ways and when you don’t listen, sometimes it knocks you upside the head.P1000524

But here’s the thing: I actually did those three things, though I’m not recommending you quit your job (and you certainly don’t have to in order to be published!)

In the coming months, I’ll take you on my journey to publication. And I’ll share all of the good information I’ve learned along the way so you can take the same journey if you wish to.

We’ll talk about books and writing and fear and happiness and anything else you want to talk about.

Mostly, I want to provide followers to this website with a slice of my life and a great big dollop of hope.

Let’s do this thing!

Author of Children's Literature