Poor Jack. It’s hard to make friends at a new school, keep your marks up and deal with a creepy ghost girl at the same time!
My next novel weaves together an old fairy tale, The Little Match Girl, and a Grade 12 kid named Jack. Like Redwing, my new book is a kind of ghost story. But unlike all my other books, it’s a contemporary story set (mostly) in a world pretty much like yours.
This one has been a long time coming, and we are still searching for a good title (did I mention titles are HARD?) – but I've just sent the 2nd set of revisions back to my editor so we are well on the way.
It's still a long wait -- estimated publishing date is Spring 2017. I'll drop some tantalizing details (haha) between now and then.
Meanwhile, I have another book to write in time for a 2017 publication date! This is something completely different for me -- a title for Orca's LIMELIGHTS series on the performing arts, and believe it or not the first time I've had to write a novel on a deadline. Giddy-...
This is a new website, and that calls for new news. But just so I don't start off with nothing, here's a recap on how 2015 treated me on the writing front:
• The biggest and best things was that my new book, named The Match Girl for now but likely to end up something else, was accepted by Orca Books for publication! It will be a long wait – late 2016 or spring 2017 – but I know they’ll do as great a job with it as they have my other books.
Along with wrestling with this story, I’ve had some other interesting writing
• I had a great time speaking to a creative writing class at Trent University about plotting YA books. It made me really think about how we develop and keep control of storylines, and I actually learned a lot just by preparing for my visit. The talk afterwards carried on into a nearby coffee shop — it is very heartening to me to meet these young, passionate and curious readers and writers!