Have you ever felt yourself being one of those clients who just seems to never let go?  Does it ever feel like you are constantly trying to get something fixed? Changed? Done?

That is how I have felt about this website for awhile since the moment when — poof! — something happened and — yikes! — lots was gone.  I am pretty sure I was to blame, but I don’t even know enough about the inner life of websites to know that for sure.

This lettuce heart is for the great folks at Crocodile Creative who set a new standard in customer service.  They patiently listened, fixed, and beautified this site — a couple of times.

I am excited about Fenton Street’s work this spring and deeply grateful to have my site up and running — once again.

Alberta Bound with The Girl Who Writes!

We are bound for Alberta on Friday, to tour bookstores in Calgary and to officially launch The Girl Who Writes at Canada House Gallery in Banff on Saturday, November 8th between 1:00 and 3:00.  We will be doing a presentation and reading at 2:00.  Families are welcome.

What does Richard’s painting of an owl have to do with our new children’s book on writing and the importance of choosing great words?

Lots, in fact.  As we worked on the design vocabulary of the new book, and tried to think what a perceptive young woman in early-twentieth century rural Canada might see around her in the river and in the town she was familiar with, we knew we needed to include a beaver.  Richard drew one, then we decided it needed to be a smart little critter, so he made sure he was reading.

This process of considering and drawing wildlife for our new book put Richard on the path to painting giant portraits of wildlife — hence the owl. It also puts me in mind of something The Girl says:

I know that with a bit of ink and 26 letters, I can make new worlds.

We are looking forward to seeing you all at Canada House this weekend! Here’s the link.

Back to the Books! Reading The Girl Who Writes at Black Bond

It’s back to school and back to the books — kinda — here in BC.  To launch us into the groove of fall reading, Richard Cole and K. Jane Watt will be reading from our new book and talking about how it came together at Black Bond Books in Ladner

We’d love you to join us at Black Bond Books

5251 Ladner Trunk Rd, Delta on Sunday September 7 at 2:00.

We will also dip into our audience favourite of 2013 The Boy Who Paints.

We look forward to seeing you there — kicking off our fall season of public appearances and doing what we love — talking to readers about books and the wonder of words.

Print off this blog post and bring it along for a special prize.

For more information, see Black Bond’s site at

Fort Langley Festival of the Book

Celebrate Canada Day in Fort Langley!

We are now registering authors for the Fort Langley Festival of the Book to be held on July 1, 2014 at the Fort Langley Community Hall in beautiful downtown Fort Langley. This free family event will run from 11-3.

Our feature image, above, shows the preliminary work artist Richard Cole has done on our poster. He is cooling his heels while waiting to launch our second children’s book, The Girl Who Writes at the Fort Langley Festival of the Book.

The place will be hopping with book lovers.  We looking forward to hosting — along with Vivalogue Publishing — independent writers and their books as well as the national winners of the Alcuin Book Design competition.  The Fraser Valley Regional Library is one of our core sponsors at this site, and the Bard in The Valley will be performing Julius Caesar on its outdoor stage in front of the hall starting at 3.

The Fort Langley Festival of the Book is one of seven venues celebrating Canada Day in Fort Langley: The Langley Centennial Museum, the British Columbia Farm Machinery Museum, Langley Heritage Society CN Station, Fort Langley National Historic Site and Sxwimela gifts, and lelem’ arts and cultural cafe.

Authors — find registration information here.  Don’t be confused by the name!

Stay tuned for updates.



Shortlisted! Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award

We are pleased as punch that The Boy Who Paints is one of five book shortlisted for the 2014 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s book award organized by the Ontario Arts Council in the Children’s Picture Book category.

And even cooler is the fact that the final selections are made by a panel of grade 3 and 4 students who take their job as judges very seriously.

Check it out here: