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A Minute of Time with Jodi Carmichael

jodi author picAward-winning author and good friend, Jodi Carmichael, spent almost two years living abroad in England with her family and recently returned to Canada.

What was your favourite part of living in England? What was it like to learn to drive there?

How is that even possible to answer. There was so much that I loved; the people, the architecture, the proximity to mainland Europe, but I suppose what really moved me was the history. You can walk down streets that once were travelled by Jane Austen, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Agatha Christie, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and I could go on and on. For a writer, exploring England is like traveling the road to Mecca.

Finished reading anything worth recommending lately?

Image result for blackthorn keyI just finished, The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands. It is a fast paced historical mystery that I had a hard time putting down. It had everything a reader could want; secret codes, thrilling action, history, science, and well developed characters. Set in 1665 London, we follow the adventures of Christopher Rowe an apothecary’s apprentice as he cracks codes and opens secret doors, while solving a conspiracy that reaches far beyond the walls of Blackthorn Apothecary. This novel was aimed at middle graders, but anyone who likes a well written mystery with historical and scientific accuracy, and a good number of explosions, would love this book.

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Jodi writes for kids and teens of all ages and is the award-winning author of young adult novel, Forever Julia and chapter book, Spaghetti is NOT a Finger Food. She is currently working on an action packed middle grade novel that is full of mystery, clairvoyance, and double agents.

Living with “the Accent”

“Here, Hon. Thought this might remind you of home.” The waitress plunks a plate of bread pudding down in front of James, while me – his girlfriend – and two of our boys look on from across the table. James moved to Canada from England years ago.

“Are you kidding me?” I say as she walks away. “Did she seriously just give you dessert on the house when we’re sitting here with two kids?”

He starts to laugh. Pushes the dessert into the centre of the table and the four of us share it.

This kind of scenario is not unusual for James. The number of stories we have of women swooning at his accent is… well… ridiculous. Let’s just say, it’s lucky for them that I’m good humoured about it and get a kick out of watching them turn to puddles.

I hear stories from his work day, the admin assistant who asked him to go with her to her work Christmas party. The waitress who asked him to “please, just keep talking.”

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James and I on our family trip to Niagara Falls

I have even watched a professional, in my home, meeting me with me with no issues, turn into goo when James came in after work. She was talking to me fine, after he said “hello” and I introduced them, she couldn’t talk, she giggled mercilessly, and just became… well… stupid. So hilarious.

What can I say – there was once a time when I heard him talk for the first time, so I get it.

We date a lot – I mean each other! Which is good, because we live under the same roof with five kids. Keeping our relationship healthy is a priority. When we are stretched thin on time and juggling so many schedules, it’s imperative that we seek time together. We talk and laugh and kiss everyday.