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

Bats in Trouble published by Orca Books, October 2017

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 and Salamander Rescue will be happy to hear that Cricket and her friends have a new adventure! Bats in Trouble will be on shelves October 2017!

Check back for details about a Goodreads giveaway and launch party for Bats in Trouble.

Five Fast Fact for Friday: Exterminator

Exterminators provide a service that you might not think about or value much – until your deck has been eaten by termites or bats have made a home in your eaves. Here are five fast facts about exterminators:

  1. In the 19th century, natural products like kerosene and nicotine were used to get rid of insect pests.

  2. A female German cockroach can have 30,000 young in one year. Eek!
  3. Today, diatomaceous earth is a more eco-friendly product used to control insects.
  4. A raccoon can squeeze through a hole 11.25 cm (4.5 inches) wide.
  5. The United States government predicts that the number of pest control jobs will increase by more than 20 percent by 2022.

The cold winters in Alberta – like the -20C deep freeze this month – contribute to natural pest control by killing many insects that cause problems in warmer climates. I’ll put up with a few weeks of cold so I don’t have to worry about spiders and snakes and other scary critters!

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Upcoming Events

June 24, 2017 Book Signing
I'll be at Chapters Signal Hill 11:00am to 4:00pm. Come ask me about salamanders! 5570 Signal Hill Centre SW Calgary

coming soon Goodreads Give Away!
I'll be giving away copies of Bats in Trouble to lucky readers

October 19, 2017 Book Launch for Bats in Trouble
Join me at Owl's Nest Books at 7:00pm for cupcakes and fun! 815A 49th Avenue SW Calgary

November 18, 2017 Curious about Bats?
Come see me at Chapters Signal Hill where I will be signing Bats in Trouble 11:00am to 4:00pm 5570 Signal Hill Centre SW, Calgary