I'm excited to announce that I have two books forthcoming with Orca Book Publishers! The first will launch early 2021 and will be part of the Orca Footprints series, which help kids answer their questions about the state of the natural world and environmental topics.
The second will launch Fall 2021 - more details to follow, but let's just say I'm in the middle of some pretty fascinating research and I can't wait to share with readers.
Check back soon for more updates!
OFFBEAT officially released August 28th, 2018!
OFFBEAT, my first novel for middle grade readers can now be found at bookstores and online. OFFBEAT is part of the Orca LimelightsSeries, fast-paced stories aimed at middle schoolers and teens with an interest in the performing arts. Topics include music, dance, theater, circus and magic. Reading levels from grade 3.5 to 6.5.
A little bit about me...
I wrote and illustrated my first book in grade 2 about an adventurous horse named Monty. I collected all 56 original Nancy Drew books and read every single book in the library about horses and detectives. I haven't stopped reading or writing since (though that was the end of my illustrating career).
At university, I studied sociology and English literature. In the summers, I held a number of random but pretty interesting jobs. I prepped salads at 6am for a deli, served coffee to executives in a huge office tower and worked at a busy border crossing. I have travelled to 40 countries, including 3 months living and volunteering in Guyana, where I had the chance to meet a whole new community, make bricks and track Leatherback sea turtles.
I then spent more than 10 years in the non-profit sector writing content to persuade and inspire people to donate money to worthy causes. I've had the chance to research and write about orca whales, clean water, housing affordability, women and girls' empowerment, healthy living, mental health and more topics than I can list! I now take on writing and editing freelance contracts for non-profit, educational and business clients.
OFFBEAT, my first novel for middle grade readers is available from Orca Books and I've got two more book projects on the go!
I've lived in four Canadian provinces and now live near the mountains in North Vancouver, BC with my husband, son and two incredibly fuzzy orange cats. You can often find me racing through my local trails, trying not to trip on all the roots!