An Office Of One’s Own: Saying Goodbye to 2017

In my early twenties, I was a Music and Drama counsellor for a day camp.  I had worked there every summer since I was fifteen and loved my summers there–preferring to be a counsellor than a camper. That particular summer, though, the camp director had decided to move the Music and Drama department to a new building. I cannot remember if we had been in a barn and then moved to a two-room building, or it was reverse, but I do recall my big complaint that summer was the lack of an office. In fact, Read More

You Never Know…And Other Things I Learned (Remembered) on the Road: Part One

I’ve returned from my adventure very tired, but also ready to get to work. I’ve written about how I had wanted to go out east and have spent the last two months preparing for it. I’ve learned a lot about organizing book tours (and why people have assistants… to all assistants, I salute you!), and what I might do differently next time. I also learned about the unmeasurables, the things you cannot even begin to imagine, that (most) people are grateful that you came and shared your story. This blog post got very long, so I Read More

Taking the First Step…to Nova Scotia and PE Island

Yesterday, I posted on Facebook how much I hate cold calling. It is the worst. I would rather clean the silverware or something equally terrible than call someone I hardly know, or don’t know at all. It is the fear of rejection, the fear of bothering someone, the fear that I’m not good enough. And while I’m more comfortable with email, that reaching out across the ether without knowledge of how it will be received has the same feeling as job or house hunting — I would rather do anything else. But, I wanted to Read More

Stepping into the Tardis: Maud’s Launch on the Island in May

Join me as we go back in time to the beginning of May… Exactly two months ago, where I embarked on a journey to the Island to celebrate MAUD at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.   Bookmark PEI created this beautiful window display and were incredible! If you are going to the Island this summer (or any summer, be sure to check them out!)   And the CBC invited me to talk on their program, Mainstreet with Angela Walker, who took one of my favourite photos, ever:   Later, I was joined by my companion, Read More

Celebration! Maud Launches in Toronto

I’m not always good at celebrating success. Probably because I get overachievy and can be quite hard on myself. Always looking to the next step on my path to said success. But today…I pause and say…YES! Success!!! Indeed, there has been much MAUD excitement over the past few weeks and I’ve moved to a new house. I have been taking photos of these changes and hope to write about this more shortly, but today it is time to celebrate and commemorate the week Maud officially launched into the world (it was also the week before I Read More

Maud in the Wild and Other Adventures

On Tuesday April 25, 2017 MAUD was officially launched in Canada and the United States. I celebrated by getting up bright and early and being on TV for the first time. The hosts, Carolyn Mackenzie and Jeff McArthur, made me feel at home. Carolyn and I got to chat before the show and she’s a big Montgomery and Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, so we connected right away. And when I confessed that this was the first time on TV, she immediately tried to make me feel more comfortable. I have been told that I rocked it…It Read More

On the 75th Anniversary of Maud’s Death…A Reflection

Seventy-five years ago today, on the 24 of April 1942, Maud died in her home, “Journey’s End,” on Riverside Drive in Toronto’s west end or Swansea Village. While the home is currently a private residence, there is a plaque in a park nearby commemorating the street. Today, CBC Books has compiled, 75 facts you might now know about Anne of Green Gables author Lucy Maud Montgomery and #20th is Maud! They had also asked me for some “fun facts” of my own, which are also included. As you know, Maud kept a journal her whole life, but the last Read More

Fun Facts About Maud: Mel in Cavendish

One of the best parts about writing historical fiction is doing the research. I love discovering things that maybe people haven’t, or see something in a new way. Maud had been very careful about what she left behind. She burned her correspondence, so the only letters we have are the ones other people, like her best friend and cousin Penzie, and her two pen pals Ephraim Weber and G.B. MacMillan kept. Over the years, I visited the L.M. Montgomery sites and archives, exploring what she left behind. This helped me to connect to Maud, her time 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