Being in Transition; Being Enough

Confession. I’m terrible with transitions. The in-between time. I’m not patient and want things to happen in my own time and when they don’t I think it is because I’ve done something wrong. I am the first to turn on myself for not being good enough, smart enough, talented enough. Not enough. I’m currently in a transition. For the first time since 2011 I don’t have a book or writing deadline of any kind. I don’t have a good finished draft of anything because the one that I thought was kinda sorta done and I Read More

New! Maud Educator’s Guide

  Thanks to the amazing Debbie Gonzales, MAUD has an Educator’s Guide, geared to Grades 6 and up. The guide is featured on the left had side of the website under the Newsletter sign up (and while you’re there, sign up for my newsletter, too!). It is also on the main Maud’s World page.  Teachers and librarians (and anyone else who wants to learn and discuss Maud and her times) can download the PDF just by clicking on the image…FOR FREE! Debbie is the author of the soon-to-be published picture book, Playing Like a Girl, and an expert Read More

Mel’s Week of Unplanned Symmetry

The writer life is weird and wonderful. One week there could be a series of events converging at the same time and you try believing in your incredible luck and the next…a silence so quiet that you wonder if you’re any good and why you’re bothering to do it in the first place. This week was a lucky week. A grateful week. A week where I’m doing my best to celebrate success, without feeling guilty and also being comfortable with being out in the world. TUESDAY: I talked about this and my path to publication on Read More

Writing in Motion

Monday I sent the proofs of MAUD to my editor. Today I cut many inches off my hair. For over two years I’ve kept it long because it helped me get into the body of Maud’s character. As I explained it to my hairdresser (who nodded like she understood, but I  suspect she was a little concerned for me), I needed to be able to put it up in a bun or some other concoction. The same thing happened when I was writing Oy! and  I cut my hair short, (by my last hairdresser. I’m loyal to my new Read More

An Interview with Ingrid Sundberg, Author of All We Left Behind

Everything is circular. My first post of 2015 was the exclusive Canadian cover reveal of Ingrid Sundberg’s YA novel, All We Left Behind, and here we are at the end of the year with an interview celebrating the book’s release earlier this month. Since its release, Ingrid’s novel has been featured on a number of “Best of” lists, and with her #shareyoursecrets  campaign, raised awareness on the importance for people to share their stories. This is because Ingrid’s gorgeous novel explores how keeping these important things buried, can impact everything and that by telling one person, can be Read More

Mel’s Long Overdue Post: An Overplanner in Recovery

I had the summer all planned. MAY: Submit the next draft of the Maud novel after an incredible ten days doing social media for the National Reading Campaign’s Reading Town in Charlottetown, P.E.I.             MAY to JUNE: Prep for backfilling a course for six weeks and prepare for an inspiring ten day writing retreat and alumni-mini-res at VCFA where I was workshopping a new piece with a writer I had always wanted to work with, Cynthia Leitich-Smith — who really is made of awesome and kinda wanna be her when I grow Read More

An Interview with Sarah Tomp, Author of My Best Everything

Well it is summer and I’ve been traveling and being terrible about keeping up with the blog. But what I have been doing is reading. Reading books by writers I respect, some I even have the pleasure to know –which is my favourite thing to do, talk about cool people in this rich community of authors and artists.. I started the summer reading Sarah Tomp’s My Best Everything, a story that takes place during Lulu Mendez’s pivotal summer between graduation and college. Lulu is ready to get out of her small town of Dale, Virginia and Read More

A Canadian Exclusive Cover Reveal: K.A. Barson’s Charlotte Cuts it Out

Today, I have the privilege of announcing the Canadian exclusive cover reveal of K.A. Barson’s Charlotte Cuts it Out, releasing April 5, 2016. In conjunction with Tirzah Price’s blog, The Compulsive Reader in the U.S., my blog is revealing K.A.’s cover and also giving you one of two sneak peeks. Some you might remember that K.A. participated in my Embodying Character series last summer when we chatted about her wonderful book, 45 Pounds (more or less). And now the cover! About Charlotte Cuts it Out Lydia and I were in eighth grade when we came up with our Grand Plan Read More

An Interview with Amy Rose Capetta, Author of Entangled

I’m so excited to welcome critically acclaimed YA science fiction author, Amy Rose Capetta. Amy Rose is a fellow VCFAer who inspires me with her commitment to writing, her talent for photography, and her openness to trying new things, such as co-producing the NerdBait Guide You Tube channel with YA author of Breaking Sky and The Color of Rain, Cori McCarthy. Entangled and Unmade  are part of a (I love that she calls it this) “YA space duet,” about seventeen-year-old Cade, a human essentially alone in the universe who discovers that she was created in a lab in Read More

Canadian Exclusive: Cover Reveal of Ingrid Sundberg’s All We Left Behind

This is the best way to start 2015,  celebrating the upcoming release of Ingrid Sundberg’s All We Left Behind with the Canadian Exclusive cover reveal. In conjunction with Tirzah Price’s blog, The Compulsive Reader in the U.S., my blog is revealing Ingrid’s cover and also giving you one of two sneak peeks. (Go to The Compulsive Reader to see the other one.) Ingrid is a fellow Dystropian and dear friend who continues to inspire me with her fearlessness towards craft. Recently, she created this incredible Grinch window display for Vroman’s bookstore. On her blog, Ingrid devotes her time to Read More