CBC Radio column: Talking Animals

I’m fortunate this summer to spend every week talking on-air about books, and if you’re outside of Canada, or you miss me in your regions, I will post the audio here.

Here I am chatting with Gill Deacon, the host of CBC’s Here and Now, about my favourite Talking Animal books:

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CBC Radio column: space books

I’m fortunate this summer to spend every week talking on-air about books, and if you’re outside of Canada, or you miss me in your regions, I will post the audio here.

This is me chatting with CBC All in a Day’s host Alan Neal about my favourite space books: http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/all-in-a-day/segment/13468251

CBC Radio column: outsider books

I’m fortunate this summer to spend every week talking on-air about books, and if you’re outside of Canada, or you miss me in your regions, I will post the audio here.

This is me chatting CBC Here and Now’s host Gill Deacon about my favourite #outsider books:

CBC Radio column: superhero books

I’m fortunate this summer to spend every week talking on-air about books, and if you’re outside of Canada, or you miss me in your regions, I will post the audio here.

This is me chatting CBC Here and Now’s host Gill Deacon about my favourite superhero books:9

One Fictitious Moment: Self-Editing

A new episode of One Fictitious Moment and it’s about how to self-edit your work. Hope you enjoy it!

You can Subscribe to my new channel here by the way: https://www.youtube.com/user/onefictitiousmoment

Sheepadoodle namesakes

IMG_0484.JPGSay hello to Portia (on the left) and Sherlock (on the right), two sheepadoodles who live in Sherwood Park, Alberta.

A lovely fan named Craig reached out this week to let me know about these gorgeous pups and I had to post about it.

I’ve never had a character immortalized in such a beautiful way and I am so very honoured.

 

 

 

The Magic Door

MagicDoorIn other news, I wrote an article for a fantastic Sherlockian magazine called The Magic Door and it’s featured on the front cover of their spring edition!

In the article, I highlight the themes that appeared in letters between Arthur Conan Doyle and his editor. The universality of the themes like writer’s block and arguments over editing made me feel even closer to ACD and I think make for an interesting piece.  Click on the graphic to read through the PDF version of the magazine.

 

Review: It Should Have Been a #GoodDay

27917489.jpgI will be on Natalie Sampson’s blog tour for her third book called It Should Have Been a #GoodDay which is due out at the end of February, so this is my review of her book to get all of you excited!

My first thing I’ll say is that this book reminded me of the diversity of voices in The Breakfast Club and the stunning conclusion of Stand by Me.

The second thing is a bit of a warning – you have to push past the stream-of-conciousness way Henry narrates his part of the story. It can be distracting but you have to allow yourself to be in Henry’s shoes.

Somehow Natalie pulls you directly into the minds of her main characters, and switches between voices seemlessly. As the reader you are naturally contrasting the experiences of Henry, Emily, Brogan, and Thomas. And if you’re me, you’re also comparing their lives to your own highschool experience (mine was somewhere between a Thomas and a Henry).

My heart was in my throat for so much of this story, and that’s because Natalie has a way of drawing you into the situation. It’s fascinating to see one incident from the minds-eye of four very different teenagers, and all the baggage that they bring to it (unaware of eachothers’ baggage of course).

I don’t want to spoil the story, but it is one of the coolest pieces of writing about the highschool experience that I have read in a long time. You will never look at a group of teenagers the same way.

You can enter the goodreads giveaway for an ecopy of the book here.