Impossible made the YALSA Quick Pick 2019 list!!!

My novel for older teens, Impossible, is a YALSA Quick Pick Nominee! #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.

October, 2017: 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!

Arrived home from holiday to find  author copies of my new book waiting for me. Bookmarks too! Thank you Orca Book Publishers!!!

Thrilled to announce my new teen novel, Shatterproof, due out in October 2016 from Orca in their Currents series.

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.

June 7: My mashup story on SCBWI’s Canada East illustrator’s blog today:

Pleased to announce that my new tween novel, River Boy, was  released ahead of schedule as part of GIRL:IT Australia’s May 2013 Fashionista package. The book will be published by Stabenfeldt in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany and Hungary early next year.


February 27/13: Beyond thrilled to be asked to present at this year’s Telling Tales Festival.

February 4/13: More good news today! How to Tend a Grave is on Resource Link’s Best of 2012 YA list!

February 2/13: I’m so pleased that How to Tend a Grave received an Honourable Mention on the 2012 OLA Best Bets in YA list.

How to Tend a Grave is listed in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens, Fall 2012

Thrilled that How to Tend a Grave is the winner of the 2012 Gold Medal Moonbeam Award for YA fiction – mature issues.

Also, And the Crowd Goes Wild (see below) is the winner of the 2012 Bronze Medal for Children’s Poetry.

I’m pleased to announce that one of my adult stories is a semi-finalist for the 2012 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award.

My children’s poem, “Pianoball” is included in the new anthology And the Crowd Goes Wild, A Global Gathering of Sports Poems. Read a great review here.

A Highly Recommended review of How to Tend a Grave in CM magazine!

A rave review of How to Tend a Grave on Goodreads!My reading secrets revealed on the CWILL blog.

Announcing a launch! Please join me in celebrating the release of my ny new YA novel, How to Tend a Grave at:

Ben McNally Books, 366 Bay Street, Toronto

Thursday, May 24, 6 – 8 pm 

How to Tend a Grave is published by Great Plains Teen Fiction, and is available now from the publisher or bookstores.

Another story sold! My YA story Holding Harley will be published in the McGraw-Hill Ryerson iLit series anthology Voices in the Hall in the fall 2012.

Ebooks at last! I’ve just published two ebooks for adults, both written under my pen name Elizabeth Sage. Finding Home is a revised and updated edition of a romantic thriller about a surrogate mother, originally released in the U.S. in 2002 by Five Staras part of their First Edition Women’s Fiction Series. It’s now available on Smashwords and AmazonAnything’s Possible is a collection of three short stories, free on Smashwords.

Great News! I’m thrilled to announce that two of my YA stories were shortlisted for the 2011 Surrey International Writers’ Conference Writing for Young People Award. And one of them, A Big Backyard Umbrella Dork, won the contest. There’s a cash prize and also publication in the SiWC conference anthology.

A huge thank you to SiWC and especially to contest judges Shelley Hrdlitschka and James McCann, and contest organizer, kc dyer .

Get Inspired! Check out my profile/interview for the new Get Inspired! series on Canadian YA writers. It’s part of the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services website for teens, I’m delighted to be in such good company.

More rights sold to Stabenfeldt!

Along with Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish rights, German rights for Seraphina’s Circle and Getting a Life are now sold to Stabenfeldt for their teen girl bookclub GIRL:IT.

Here’s the cover for the Norwegian version of Seraphina’s Circle. The title translates as Seraphina’s Special Place, and Morgan’s name is now Miranda.

Seraphina’s Circle will be published in August 2011 in Norway, Sweden and Finland, and in October 2011 in Germany.

Getting a Life will follow in all four countries in February 2012.