Stranded is a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers 2022! #QP2022!

Stranded is nominated for Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers 2022 #QP2022!


I was featured in BCBooklook’s Who’s Who Box on February 11, 2021. 



My new book for ages 12 & up wwas just released as an ebook and you can order it here. It will be published by Orca in their Fall 2020 Sounding series on September 22, 2020, and you can pre-order a print copy here.

Stranded got a good review in Kirkus!  Read it here.

Queen Victoria finds my book impossible to put down on I Read Canadian Day!


Queen Victoria finds it “impossible” to put my book down on February 19, 2020, I Read Canadian Day.

Image by Jennifer Filipowicz.





Impossible made the YALSA Quick Pick 2019 list!!! #QP2019


Impossible is included in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens, Fall 2018 edition.

Announcing a joint book launch with my friend Deb Loughead for our new books published by Orca! Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Indigo CF Sherway Gardens, 2 – 5 pm. All welcome!

My new book, Raw Talent, will be released in Orca’s Limelights series about the performing arts next fall.

An author feature on Orca’s blog!

An article about Impossible in the Parksville Qualicum Beach News. 

A nice profile of me posted on the CWILL BC blog on February 2, 2018.

So pleased to announce that my new book, Impossible, part of Orca’s Soundings series for reluctant teen readers, will be published on January 30, 2018.


Sometimes I write short stories for adults, and am delighted to announce that one of them was awarded first prize in the 2017 Victoria Literary Festival’s inaugural contest. The festival was held in Victoria-by-the-Sea, Prince Edward Island.

Another story was a semi-finalist for the 2017 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award!

Thanks to Helen Kubiw for including Cleavage: Breakaway Fiction for Real Girls in her recommended list of short story collections.

Very pleased that my adult story “Feeding the Family” was shortlisted for the 2015 SiWC writing contest.

So excited to be reading at the 2014 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival on Sunday, September 14, at 1:30.  Hope to see you there!

The awesome Amy Mathers is reading her way across Canada. So pleased to see this review of my first YA novel, Getting a Life, on Amy’s Marathon of Books.

Looking forward to reading from How to Tend a Grave on Sunday, September 15, at the 2013 Telling Tales Festival. Westfield Heritage Village, Rockton, ON. I’ll be at the Summer Stage at 1:30 pm.

How to Tend a Grave is on an Australian library’s Summer Reads for Teen Girls list, the Stratford Public Library’s Dealing with Loss listand the Nanaimo Youth Librarians Vancouver Island authors teen picks list.