“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.

 

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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.