“I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.” Stephen Leacock

Salamander Rescue , published by Orca Books, April 2016

Salamander Rescue , published by Orca Books, April 2016

Do you like to keep busy? I find the busier I am, the busier I get. It’s not unusual for me to have three or four projects going at once — thank goodness for coloured file folders! I think a diversity of subjects and genres keeps me from getting bored. Moving from a Kindergarten non-fiction series to a chapter book to a rhyming picture book to a biography for Grade 5 students is a lot like cross-training in the gym. I’m flexing many different writing muscles, relying on the coaching of my personal trainers (my editors), and sweating a lot. Some projects are easy, like sit-ups, and others are excruciatingly difficult, like chin-ups.

Writing is just like exercise: the more you do it, the more you can do it. And for me, the tighter the deadline, the more efficient I get. So am I busy? Yup — and loving every minute of it!

Readers of Ospreys in Danger will be happy to hear that Cricket and her friends have a new adventure! Salamander Rescue is on shelves now and I will be touring southern Alberta in July, meeting readers and sharing the story of Waterton’s long-toed salamanders. Check here for details.

And congratulations to the ten readers who won copies of Salamander Rescue during the Goodreads giveaway in May!

Have you met Taco-Charlie?

If you go to Lethbridge, you must visit Taco-Charlie at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre. During my book tour this month, my time in Lethbridge was limited and I had to make a choice: would I visit the Nikka Yuka Japanese Garden, Galt Museum, or the Helen Schuler Nature Center? The vast coulee just outside my hotel beckoned, so I laced up my runners and struck out on a path that I hoped would lead me to the nature centre.


The descent into the coulee was steep as the trail snaked in multiple switchbacks through the prairie grasses. The coulee is a natural oasis within the urban development of Lethbridge, preserved by a succession of parks strung together by the Oldman River. Hiking trails, bike paths, picnic tables and cooking shelters weren’t too busy at 4:00 on a Wednesday afternoon, but a steady stream of vehicles full of bathing-suit-clad teens passed me on their way to the river.


Read More

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 First Book Tour Stop
Presentation and book signing at the Main Branch of the Lethbridge Public Library, 810 - 5 Avenue South, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Thursday, July 14, 2016 Book Tour Stop in Lethbridge
Presentation and book signing at the West Branch of the Lethbridge Public Library, 255 Britannia Blvd West, 10:00 - 11:00 am.

Thursday, July 14, 2016 Book Tour Stop in Pincher Creek
Presentation and book signing at the Pincher Creek Library, 899 Main Street, 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

Saturday, July 16 Canada Parks Day 2016
Waterton launch of Salamander Rescue at Canada Parks Day 2016, 2:00 - 4:00 pm, in Waterton Lakes National Park.

Sunday, July 17, 2016 Book Tour Returns to Lethbridge
Last stop on the tour! Chapters Lethbridge, 701 - 1st Avenue South, 11:00 - 4:00 pm.