“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!

Five Fast Facts for Friday: Henry Ford

Henry Ford used his imagination and skills to change the automobile industry. Here are five fast facts you may not know about Henry Ford:

  1. Ford’s first working automobile was a quadricycle that he couldn’t fit out the workshop door.
  2. In 1902, Ford built a race car, 999, which had no steering wheel or transmission.
  3. More than 10,000 Model T cars were purchased in 1908, the first year this model was produced.
  4. Ford was good friends with other entrepreneurs, like Thomas Edison and Harvey Firestone.
  5. From 1913 to 1925, the Model T was available only in black in order to cut time and costs.

Want to know more about Ford’s race car, 999? Check out this video!

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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.