Living Ideology, Stellar (and not so stellar) parenting moments, writer life

When picking a book, trust the child

I have a huge pet peeve - adults who limit children's book choices based on their own biases. I recently had someone on Instagram see my micro-review of The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier. "I love horror and absolutely relish a middle grade novel that pushes against that boundary of 'scary for kids.' Just how… Continue reading When picking a book, trust the child

Living Ideology, My Book, Stellar (and not so stellar) parenting moments, Stories, writer life

A paradigm shift in thinking about “books for boys.”

I’ve been paying attention to what it means when we say “books for boys.” As authors and conference attendees we hear the following: There is a shortage of books for boys. Boys are more reluctant readers than girls. Due to number 2 above, publishers lean towards “books for girls” for better sales. If we don’t… Continue reading A paradigm shift in thinking about “books for boys.”

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Consent… why is this a difficult concept?

In my young adult novel, Empty Cup, main character, Raven, is sexually assaulted by her mom's boyfriend. Raven didn't consent and clearly says "no" several times. Regardless, her mother blames her for the attack and kicks Raven out of the house. The story continues from there, how Raven deals with post-traumatic stress and homelessness. I'm… Continue reading Consent… why is this a difficult concept?

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A Page Out of Empty Cup

In October, 2016, my friend and fellow author, Gabriele Goldstone, handed me a clipping from the Winnipeg Free Press, Miss Lonelyhearts advice column. Sometimes fiction is close to truth. My main character, Raven, can't defend herself against her mom's creepy boyfriend. I hope this girl took Maureen Scurfield's advice to move in with her dad… Continue reading A Page Out of Empty Cup

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An Intro to Empty Cup

If you haven't had a chance to read my novel yet, here's a sneak peek at Chapter 1. 🙂 Empty Cup Chapter 1 I SMUDGE A PENCIL LINE with my finger, creating a shadow under the horse’s mane. He’s white. Pure. Exactly the kind of horse— “Raven! Supper—NOW!” Mom. I sigh. I roll onto my… Continue reading An Intro to Empty Cup

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Shut up, Cole!

Last winter, I participated in a book blog tour just after Empty Cup was released. I wrote this interview between my main character, seventeen-year-old Raven, and her friend, Cole. It was originally published on Lisa T. Cresswell's book review blog. I hope it gives you a little insight to the characters and maybe even peak… Continue reading Shut up, Cole!

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Summer Reading Blast – Book Signing!

  In a prior post I mentioned my writers' group The Anita Factor, well -- I re-posted a post from another member of the group, MaryLou Driedger, I cannot take credit for writing the post. 🙂 Anyway, if you are in the Winnipeg area and would like to meet the members of the Anita Factor… Continue reading Summer Reading Blast – Book Signing!

Artwork, Holidays/Special Occassions, My Book

Seeing Bea in the Roaring 20’s

I attended the Manitoba Book Awards on Saturday night, for the first time. My novel, Empty Cup, was shortlisted in the McNally Robinson Book for Young People, older category. I didn't win, but having my first novel shortlisted is a true honour. I congratulate the winner, Eva Wiseman for her book The World Outside. As… Continue reading Seeing Bea in the Roaring 20’s

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Talk About Being in Good Company !

I was going to blog about what an amazing year the members of my writing group, The Anita Factor, is having, however, one of my fellow members, MaryLou, who blogs at What Next? beat me to the punch. So, I’ll piggy back on her wonderful post. Thanks, MaryLou! It really has been a year of one fantastic story after another – literally and figuratively!

What Next?

The nominees for the Manitoba Book Awards have been announced and three members of my writing group The Anitas have made the short lists. suzanne costigan empty cupSuzanne Costigan is nominated in the fiction for older children category for her book Empty Cup. Suzanne’s novel has also been selected as a featured book in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Spring 2015 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens. 

deborah froeseDeborah Froese is among the nominees in the fiction for younger children category for her picture book Mr. Jacobson’s Window.

melanie mathesonMelanie Matheson is nominated in the same category as Deborah, for her picture book Hokey Dowa Gerda and the Snowflake Girl.

jodiSome other good news for The Anitas recently was the announcement that Jodi Carmichael’s novel Forever Julia was featured in an article in Quill and Quire.  Jodi launches her book April 16th at McNally Robinson.

enslavement melinda friesenHighlights for our writing group this past…

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A Pretty Damned Exciting Day!

I don't like to toot-my-own-horn so to speak, but yesterday, was a pretty damned exciting day! Here's how it panned out: In the morning, I was sent an email telling me that Empty Cup has been shortlisted (nominated) for the Manitoba Book Awards, McNally Robinsons Best Book for Young People (Older Category)!!! I can't tell… Continue reading A Pretty Damned Exciting Day!