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...

Done to death?

I recently read a list of things not to have in your YA novel, because they’re so common they’re considered clichés. A car crash and a dead mom were right up there at the top. Cringe. Got both in my new book, How to Tend a Grave.   As a reader, I say death to clichés....

Naked Book Launch!

At the launch of Lena Coakley’s Witchlanders in Toronto, with L.M. FalconeI love going to book launches. Other people’s book launches, that is. There’s so much to celebrate when a new book is released. I know firsthand how much work went into my friends’ books...

the amazing Anita Daher

For my new YA novel, I had the good fortune of working with the amazing Anita Daher. Not only is she the associate teen books editor at Great Plains Publications, but she has written five middle grade and two YA novels, which have been finalists for many awards....

an excerpt from my new book

How to Tend a Grave, published by Great Plains Teen Fiction, is available now. I’m so excited to share an excerpt with you here. Hope you enjoy it! “Liam slumps down onto the sorry pile of dirt that covers his mom’s grave. It’s been days since he cried and...

“Pianoball”

In honour of national poetry month, check out the April 13 post on Sylvia Vardel’s Poetry for Children blog. It features an interview with Carol-Ann Hoyte and Heidi Bee Roemer, co-editors of the forthcoming children’s poetry collection And the Crowd Goes...