August 3, 2020

I’ve noticed that any time I so much as post a deleted scene on my website, it ends up on bloody Goodreads and people start asking me where they can buy it. I start seeing reviews and star ratings and shout at my computer screen, “But that’s not a book! You can’t rate and review…

May 5, 2020

Having to stay at home non-stop during the pandemic has produced the strange long-term effect that I’ve slowly devolved into a cat butler whose only functions in life are to let our two cats outside, back inside, dry said cats with a fluffy towel when they get wet, and listen to them complain about other…

May 5, 2020

There are worse places to spend a pandemic lockdown than Vancouver, British Columbia. In fact, it would be hard for me to envision a better place to hunker down during these strange times. Here are just a few of the reasons: Vancouver features a wide range of outdoor spaces and is on a quest to…

August 25, 2019

Doing a bit of traipsing about England and France, visiting with publishers and discussing various new series in the YA fantasy and thriller genres. Of course, sometimes there’s no way to avoid getting in the occasional theatre play . . . Here’s a fun fact: Britain and France have been to war against each other…

August 25, 2019

Spent a few days hiking along Hadrian’s Wall in England with my lovely agents. I bet no one told you one of the responsibilities of a literary agent was to guide their client across endless kilometres of roman wall, right? Just makes me glad I made sure that clause was in the contract as it…

January 12, 2019

When I was a little kid, my mother read an article that said that, regardless of the type of food, 3500 calories equaled one pound. From this nugget of science she reasoned that sending my brother and I to school with a half a large bar of chocolate was the same as a packed lunch….

January 12, 2019

Did a ton of travelling in 2018 and now it’s time to hunker down and focus on writing Our Lady of Blades (the new swashbuckling book in the world of the Greatcoats) and Crownbreaker (the final book in the Spellslinger series.) Vancouver is remarkably warm this season, with temperatures often hitting 10 degrees Celcius (or…

January 12, 2019

Our Lady of Blades is the first book in the Duellist Series. Story Journals are where I talk about the writing of the books I’m working on. I update these with the latest content at the top, so start from the bottom if this is new to you. January 7th – An incomparable work of…