• October Gold,  Oracle of Senders,  Things that Fall,  Uncategorized,  Writing

    December Update – Wrap-Up, Titles, and the Holiday Season

    Welcome December! I love this time of year. While I’m not actually a huge winter fan, I am a lover of the holiday season. Warm drink, festive movies, and the simple joy of wrapping presents is always amazing, =). But, while the month is busy with holiday happenings, it’s also a busy time for writing as well! Here’s what I’m up to this month: NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up – With the beginning of December comes the end of the NaNoWriMo season. If you participated this year, how did you do? I partook in a more laid back version of events, focusing on editing a current manuscript. I’m happy to say I surpassed…

  • Librarianship,  Me,  NaNoWriMo,  October Gold,  Writing

    October Update: Introducing October Gold

      It’s October! I love this time of year – cooler weather, spooky things abounding, and the holiday season on the horizon. Perfect, =) Life has been busy this past month, and I’ve got exciting news to share! My next YA Contemporary novel has a publisher! Tentatively titled October Gold, this Canadian, family-centric YA will be published by the wonderful Dancing Cat Books in 2019! Stay tuned for more details, =) Also, if you are in the Woodstock Ontario area, join me on November 6 at the Woodstock Public Library for a talk on how writing as a teen influenced my future writing career! For now, I’m busy with edits,…

  • Me,  Oracle of Senders,  Writing

    September Update: School, Work, and Writing!

      It’s already September! The time is flying, and this month is certainly a busy one. After completing my awesome day at the Cambridge Comic Arts Festival, I enjoyed a bit of downtime at home before my oldest started his first year of school! Now, I’m getting ready to head back into the world of librarianship, while also working on a couple of awesome writing projects. Of course, I’ve been busy writing and editing the upcoming Oracle of Senders books. Keep an eye out for more information regarding book 2 in the series, Revenant, coming soon! And, if you like YA Contemporaries with family themes and fall settings, then definitely…

  • Me,  Oracle of Senders,  Shade,  Writing

    July Update – Giveaway, Comic Con, and Free KU!

    Hello everyone! It’s July! And in addition to it being summer (and really, ridiculously hot in my area!), it’s also time for an update on what’s been going on with me. As you know, the first book in the Oracle of Senders series, SHADE, released back in April. I’ve been busy working on the second book, REVENANT, in preparation of it’s anticipated release in the fall! If you haven’t read the first book yet, you can find the paperback at most book retailers. You can also read the eBook through Kindle – and you can now get it free through Kindle Unlimited! If you don’t have Kindle Unlimited (or even…

  • Orca,  Shadow,  Writing

    Shadow Release Day!

    I’m so excited to say that Shadow is now available! My second book with the awesome Orca Book Publishers released today!   About the book: Fourteen-year-old Preston Craft is organizing a film festival for his school’s film club. When one of the films goes missing two days before the festival begins, Preston is convinced it was stolen and is determined to get it back. The only indication of the theft is a suspicious shadow that Preston noticed right before he discovered the film was gone—but Preston is legally blind and no one quite believes him. However, not unlike the gritty private eyes in the classic black-and-white films he adores, Preston…

  • Me,  Writing

    2016 Reading & Writing Wrap-Up

    It’s the end of the year, so I thought I’d do a quick little wrap-up of my reading and writing this year! 2016 Best Reads/Listens**: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli The Disaster Artist – Greg Sestero & Tom Bissell My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece – Annabel Pitcher Persuasion – Jane Austen Silence is Goldfish – Annabel Pitcher Saving Red – Sonya Sones Bonus (Best Holiday Read): What Light – Jay Asher **I didn’t keep track of my reading and listening for the entire year, so these are recollections to the best of my memory! I attempted (and failed) to start a monthly recap of my…

  • Blank Canvas,  Holidays,  Me,  Orca,  Tales from the Lake Vol. 3,  Uncategorized,  Writing

    Giving Thanks

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! It’s the Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, and I’ve definitely got a lot to be thankful for. But today, I wanted to focus on giving thanks as a writer! This weekend, writer me is thankful for: Marketing and cover discussions for my upcoming Orca Publishing book, Getting the Brush Off (working title). Brush Off is scheduled for release next fall, which means planning officially starts now! It’s so exciting to start thinking about its release, and as we move closer to next fall, I’ll have more and more details to share! More exciting book news that’s on its way…stayed tuned ^_^ The fun of my latest short story…

  • Writing,  Writing Wednesday

    Writing Wednesday

    Welcome back to Writing Wednesday, a kind of regular post about what I’m up to writing-wise! ~ What I’m Writing ~ I just finished a major round of edits on a project, so while I’m waiting for the next step to begin (see below), I’m working on the synopsis and query. The query is in its middle stages, and I just finished the first draft of the synopsis a couple of days ago. These bits are so hard to write, so I’m doing my best to take my time with them! ~ What I’m Editing ~ I finished my last on-screen edits for my current major project! Now I’ve got…

  • Tales from the Lake Vol. 3,  Writing

    Short Story News!

    Hey everyone! Today, I’m excited to share with you the news of an upcoming anthology featuring a story of mine! The anthology, Tales from the Lake, Vol. 3 is being published by Crystal Lake Publishing on September 30, and my story “Maybelle” will be included within its awesome pages. This, like my other short stories, is geared towards a more adult audience, and while my story isn’t really a horror tale, this is definitely a dark fiction anthology. If you want to check out more about Crystal Lake Publishing, you can visit their website, or sign-up for their newsletter (and get a free copy of their first anthology eBook!) I…

  • Writing,  Writing Wednesday

    Writing Wednesday

    Welcome to Writing Wednesday, a kind of regular post about what I’m up to writing-wise! ~ What I’m Writing ~ I just finished the first draft of a rewrite for a story I started back before my toddler was born! I wrote the original story in the month before I had my baby, and then I left the story alone for over a year while I focused on my little boy and some other writing projects. At the start of this year, I took a look at the story again, and began a rewrite. There’s definitely still a fair bit of work to do on this project, but I’m treating…