“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!

In Search of Little Free Libraries

This weekend we went on a scavenger hunt of sorts, on the quest for Little Free Libraries in our neighbourhood. Trekking up and down streets we’ve never explored, we followed tips from neighbours, leading us from one library to the next.

img_0618Each Little Free Library is unique, its exterior – and contents – personalized by the library steward (as the owners are called). If you have no idea what I’m talking about, look carefully the next time you drive through your own neighbourhood and you’ll probably spot what looks like a large birdhouse or odd-looking mailbox on someone’s lawn, one or two steps off the sidewalk. Go ahead – open the door and have a peek.

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Little Free Libraries are exactly that – little cupboards full of free books. Readers can take a book and leave one in exchange. The 17 (seventeen!) libraries we discovered in our neighbourhood were all pretty full, sometimes heavy on romance, or westerns, or sci-fi.img_0565

Yes, there were a few dusty old tomes that crept out of somebody’s basement in the hopes

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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.