“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.

A Canadian Safari

A few weeks ago I went on a safari. Not a giraffe, lion, elephant safari – a grizzly bear safari in the Khutzeymateen Grizzly Sanctuary, one of the few places in the world where bears can live and die of old age.

Getting there was half the fun. On the breakfast flight to Prince Rupert, BC, we were joined by intrepid adventurers Brian Keating, Les Stegenga, and Laval St. Germaine, our pilot. You might have heard of St. Germaine in 2016, when he rowed solo across the Atlantic from Halifax to France in 53 days, raising money for cancer research. These three guys have their foot on the gas pedal of life all the time.

Landing at YPR (which is located on Digby Island, separated from Prince Rupert by a 20-minute ferry ride), we were shuttled down to the dock and climbed aboard a 72-foot catamaran, the Inside Passage.

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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