Found in translation!

Just received my author’s copies of the Norwegian version of my YA novel, Seraphina’s Circle. The title translates as Seraphina’s Special Place, and Morgan’s name has  become Miranda. Along with Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish rights, German rights for both...

rocks totally ignore social media

Rocks don’t care about social media. No, really. They’re very old school that way. They refuse to promote their work, post their photos or share their news. They don’t fear being left behind and feeling out of it. They aren’t even worried about being called old...

Get Inspired!

Check out my profile/interview just posted on the youthconnect.ca website for teens. It’s part of the new Get Inspired! series on Canadian YA authors. http://www.youthconnect.ca/htdocs/english/play/stories/jocelyn.asp I’m not sure how they chose me, but...

free ideas at Sugar Beach

I’m often asked where I get my ideas, as if they’re something I go out and buy, or maybe order online. I used to be tempted to reply, “Up at the mall, 40% off today.” Or, “Down at the farmer’s market, if you want...

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...

playlist for the writing life

Do you listen to music when you’re writing? I know a lot of writers make playlists. Playlists for helping them create atmosphere, evoke a time period, bring characters to life. And playlists for you to enjoy while reading their books. But I find listening to music...

When magic happens in Publishing

The fantasy world we Earthling writers call Publishing is a bleak, competitive and discouraging place. We diligently write, blog, twitter and pray for a bestseller, even as Publishing’s traditional boundaries shift around us and tree-books morph into wild electronic...

a first draft kind of hike

First drafts make me crazy. I’m a reviser. I’ll happily spend days cutting, developing and shaping a story. But how to produce a has-potential-but-needs-work ms in the first place? Even with characters, setting and plot in mind for a new project, a blank...

Praise for Susan Juby’s Woefield Poultry Collective

Last Friday night I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Susan Juby’s new book, The Woefield Poultry Collective, at the Urban Beet in Nanaimo, BC. Here’s a photo of Susan signing her book for me.     I’m a big fan of Susan Juby’s YA books,...

new book contract, website & blog

I’m thrilled to announce that my new YA novel, How to Tend a Grave, will be published by Great Plains Teen Fiction in Spring 2012. I’ll be working with the awesome editor Anita Daher. The book features two grieving teens who meet in a cemetery and …...