Happy Halloween!

It’s the time of year to visit a cemetery if you want a good scare. Cemeteries are haunted with all kinds of spooky stuff like ghosts, zombies, demons and vampires. But otherwise, stay away from the land of the dead, right? Wrong. Cemeteries are actually full of...

Happy Canada Day!

O, Canada! I am so grateful for this country and feel incredibly lucky to live here. And in celebration of Canada Day, I’d like to show you some of my favourite places on Vancouver Island, BC, where I spend half the year. Little Qualicum River Falls is always scenic,...

For Father’s Day

My father is a yellow butterfly. No, really. As out there as it seems, I totally believe that my late father appears every summer as an Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. Why would I admit this? Probably something to do with missing him on Father’s Day. But how do I know it’s...

Cover reveal!

Presenting the fabulous cover of my new YA novel, How to Tend a Grave, coming soon from Great Plains Teen Fiction! I absolutely love this cover! I wasn’t sure what the design team would come up with, since the story features both a guy and a girl, but I think...

With grateful remembrance, 11/11/11

I’m so proud that my parents and father-in-law served in the Canadian Armed Forces during WWII. Here’s my thank you and tribute to them in honour of Remembrance Day 2011. When my father enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in July, 1942, my...

Heart of YA Darkness

As soon as I read that now infamous Wall Street Journal article “Darkness too Visible”, which slammed Cheryl Rainfield’s Scars along with much of today’s YA fiction, I rushed to get her book. I’m sure many others did too.  In my day there were no YA books to give an...