The Books

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Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults 2006 (YALSA) “Best Books for Kids & Teens” – Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2005 Klepto was the first book I published, so of course it means a great deal to me. I’ll never forget the day the editor from James Lorimer called to say that they wanted to publish Klepto. … Continue reading Klepto


“Best Books for Kids & Teens” – Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2006 Split started out as something very different – a series of vignettes or portraits about the mother (the character who vanishes in the book). They were of the mother sun-tanning at a friend’s flat and ignoring her daughter, of her disappointment when a … Continue reading Split

Tattoo Heaven

“Best Books for Kids & Teens” – Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2008 Tattoo Heaven, my third book, began life as a short story – a rather long one. The story contained all the kernels of the larger novel, except for the friendship with Katie and the relationship with Alex, who inhabit the sub-plot of the … Continue reading Tattoo Heaven

Strange Beauty

“Best Books for Kids & Teens” – Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2008 Was there a real-life Queen of Sheba in my life? Well, actually, yes there was. And she was called that too, although I have no idea why. As in the book, this Queen of Sheba had long reddish hair and long thin fingers … Continue reading Strange Beauty

If You Live Like Me

One of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens of 2010 One of the International Reading Association’s Young Adult’s Choices of 2011 My fifth young adult novel is a very special one for me because it is set in one of my favourite places in the world: Newfoundland. In 1991 I … Continue reading If You Live Like Me

Yellow Mini

First off, I have to share how happy I am that my new publishers allowed me to keep my original title for this book. This is my sixth novel, and that has only happened to me twice before. I was braced for a change, but didn’t know what that change could possibly be. For the … Continue reading Yellow Mini

Picture Me

This book has gone through more incarnations than any other book I’ve ever written. The idea for it came after watching a few episodes of Dr. Phil – yes, a secret guilty pleasure that I must here confess. In one, he featured a number of teenaged girls who were so attracted to celebrity culture, they … Continue reading Picture Me

The Ribbon Leaf

Even though the battles of WWII were waged on other continents, and ended fourteen years before my birth, I always felt that the war was part of my personal story. In the back of my mind, I knew that I’d write a book about it – this one was ten years in the making. My … Continue reading The Ribbon Leaf

My Granny Loves Hockey

And so do I and I guess that’s the biggest reason why I wrote this book. Now, where the idea for a story comes from is always a bit of a mystery. There I was one day, sitting at my computer, when the image of an older woman sitting in a wheelchair, out on the ice, taking … Continue reading My Granny Loves Hockey

Lightning Lou

Young readers often ask, “Where did you get the idea for the story?” Most often, I find it very hard to come up with an answer. Well, not this time! I have finally written a book for which I can point to the exact concrete source of my inspiration. It wasn’t just a voice, whispering … Continue reading Lightning Lou

Deep Girls

It’s always a bit surreal, reading the blurb on the back cover of your own book for the first time. On Deep Girls, my first short story collection, it says, “The clichés of fictional relationships are tossed aside, and instead we read about girls whose relationships with their families are like the real relationships readers … Continue reading Deep Girls