I took a break from blogging, but am working back into my pre-summer routine, and I have Anita Factor members who answered questions for me back in the Spring that I didn't get posted. So, time to catch up! I asked fellow Anita Factor writing group member, Larry Verstraete, the following question: Of all the… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Larry Verstraete
This time around I asked fellow Anita Factor writing group member, Larry, the following two questions: What inspired you to write your first book? I was enrolled in a correspondence writing course at the time. For our third assignment, we were asked to write an article for a children’s magazine. I figured lightning would be… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Larry Verstraete
Larry and I actually met as members of a writing group. Prior to the Anita Factor, we were both involved with Vast Imaginations. After a few years, the two groups amalgamated. When Larry and I first met, he was already an award-winning, established writer of several non-fiction books for children. He joined our writing group… Continue reading A Minute of Time with Larry Verstraete
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
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!
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 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 Froese is among the nominees in the fiction for younger children category for her picture book Mr. Jacobson’s Window.
Melanie Matheson is nominated in the same category as Deborah, for her picture book Hokey Dowa Gerda and the Snowflake Girl.
Some 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.
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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!
Sunday was an exciting day! After two years of research and hard work, Rebelight Publishing Inc. launched it's first three books at McNally Robinson Booksellers. I haven't talked a lot about my book on this blog...one thing I can't stand from others is the hard sell coming into my inbox, so I've been sparing my… Continue reading Three Authors… One Big Launch!