HEARTFIRE launch!!

I'm so happy to report that HEARTFIRE, the third and final book in the WINTERKILL trilogy, is in bookstores now!

Please come and celebrate with me!

When: November 25th, 7:30pm

Where: Audreys Books, 10702 Jasper Ave

What: books books books! maybe I'll read? maybe I'll cry! PLUS SNACKS.

Hope to see you there!!





Break Out the Champagne...

WINTERKILL is the recipient of the 2016 R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Fiction!


Thank you so much to the Writers' Guild, and to the award sponsor,

the Under The Arch Youth Foundation (of the Calgary Foundation), for this incredibly lovely honour!


You can read more about the 2016 Alberta Literary Award winners here.


WINTERKILL was also featured on the University of Alberta Faculty of Arts blog as part of their

Alumni Author series this summer.

You can read the post-- and a snippet from the book!-- here.


You can find me at the following event, Friday, May 6th:


2016 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award Launch Gala


When: Friday, May 6th – 7pm (Cocktails and appetizers at 6:30pm)

Where: Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre
Cost: This is a FREE event for EPL cardholders. Seating is limited, sign up today. 

Former ARCA winners and nominated authors attending will be Fran Kimmel (The Shore Girl)Kate A. Boorman (Winterkill), and Theresa Shea (The Unfinished Child).

Audreys Books will also be at the event selling copies of the nominated titles.

Awards News & Authors for Indies

A quick, happy note to share the news that WINTERKILL has been shortlisted for an Alberta Writers' Guild Award!

The R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature alternates yearly between picture and chapter books. Entires are judged by independent juries recruited by the WGA, and evaluated on orginality, creativity and quality of writing.

I'm incredibly honoured to see WINTERKILL among the shortlisted titles for 2016!





Where: Audreys Books, 10702 Jasper Ave, Edmonton AB

When: April 30th, 2016 (happening all day-- I'll be working 3-4pm!)

What: a celebration with your favourite local authors, in support of independent bookstores! 


Spring is here!

Upcoming Appearances

DARKTHAW has been out in the wild for three wintery months!

If you are local and haven't read it yet, and/or you need to remember what spring is like (it takes place during the 'thaw'), here are a few places you can pick it up and see me at the same time:

FEBRUARY 5th: Redefining Romance (7pm)

Where: Owls' Nest Books, 815A 49ave SW, Calgary AB 

What: book recommendations, chocolate, & wine. Join me and acclaimed slipstream/crime author S.G. Wong for a discussion of our favourite "romantic" reads (they might surprise you!)

Click here to RSVP

FEBRUARY 6th: Love Is In The Air (11am-4pm)

Where: Chapters Signal Hill, 5570 Signal Hill Centre, Calgary, AB 

What: Multi-author event and signing. Click here for event details/ to RSVP 


FEBRUARY 13th: Galentine's Day! (2pm-4pm)

Where: Audreys Books, 10702, Jasper Ave Edmonton, AB

What: a celebration of the women in our lives! Join me and other local female authors as we speak about the women who have inspired us and how this influences our work. Refreshments & merriment provided!


MARCH 8th: reading, International Women's Day

Where: Metro Garneau Theatre, 8712 109st, Edmonton, AB

What: This event is held in conjunction with a three-part film festival celebrating International Women's Day. Prior to the screening of the film Suffragette, several female authors from Edmonton will be reading and signing books in the lobby.  Join us!


Hope to see you! 






Happy Summer!

Wow. I was mired in the bleak mid-winter there for a long while. And then spring was slow to start.... and now summer is here (almost) and all the good things are too!


Here's an update with three particularly good things:


1. WINTERKILL is a finalist for the Alberta Readers' Choice Award!

 You can read my interview with Liz Withey in the Edmonton Journal here and if you are an Alberta reader, you can vote for your favourite of the 5 finalists anytime between July 6th and August 31st. 


2. ARCs of DARKTHAW are out in the world!

I'll be running giveaways throughout the summer. Stay tuned to my twitter to find out how you can win. Official release date: October 13, 2015.


3.  BOOK 3 (tentatively titled HEARTFIRE) is a book! A first draft is with my editorial team. Its release date is Fall 2016. Between now and then we will be working hard to bring you a breathtaking wrap up to Emmeline's journey.



And that's it for good things-- except for that I'm fleeing the country to stare at sunsets and cats, and eat olives and feta cheese!

I hope you are having a wonderful summer!


Come see me at Chapters on Whyte!

Hey #yegtonians and surrounding area!


Come see me at the Chapters on Whyte: February 7th, 2015, from noon-5pm.

I'll be signing copies of WINTERKILL and generally hanging about in that great space.

We can talk about our favourite reads, or our favourite winter pastimes, or our favourite creepy things. You can grab a bookmark, enter my contest for fun WINTERKILL swag, and ask me questions about the sequel!

See you there! 

WINTERKILL is out in the wild!

My book baby has left the nest!

It launched from Audreys Books, in beautiful downtown Edmonton. The event included me blabbing, me reading, me trying hard not to cry (oh crusty black heart: why must you fail me at the most inopportune times?). There were also snacks. 


Thanks so much to my friends & family, my team at Abrams and Faber, my agent and agency, and all of the early readers who were excited for this release!





Me, Me, Me

Turns out I'm fairly useless at regular updates about myself/my book (there is a reason I don't blog or facebook). But bi-annual updates feel appropriate right now, because a steady stream of updates these past six months would've been a bit... one-note ("I'm writing").  And besides, my News page has been dedicated to interviews with some fantastic 2014 debuting authors (scroll down to listen!).

But here is a bit of fun News that is all about me/my book.


It's official! WINTERKILL will be a trilogy in N. America! 

Abrams/Amulet has acquired the N. American rights to publish books 2 and 3 in the WINTERKILL trilogy. These books were planned for UK/Commonwealth distribution since 2013 (published by Faber & Faber), and now they will be available to North American readers as well! I am so thrilled!


My book is a book! Being read by readers!

I was at ALA 2014 in June, enduring the scorching heat of Vegas (oh but first to temperate LA, where I met my agent-- he's so lovely, you want him as your agent, believe me) and I saw it in the hands of readers with my own eyes!  Abrams set up some wonderful author events for me, so I felt very loved. It was surreal to see ARCs of my book out in the wild. 

ARCs of my book!


The wild!




and on that note, my third bit of news is....



You are invited to my Launch Party!


Where: Audreys Books 10702 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB

When: Sunday, September 21st, 2pm

What: me, my book, edible things... it will be bookish and fun and maybe a bit creepy (because THE BOOK, not because me-- I hope?) 

If you live in my neck of the frozen north, please come and say hi!


Also, the past six months I have been chatting around the interwebs. If you're wondering what I've been chatting about, here are a few places you can find me...


Here, I talk about the Canadian preoccupation that shaped WINTERKILL.

Here, I talk about one of my first loved books that I realize, in retrospect, shaped my writing.

Here I talk about feeling like a fraud (and writing anyway).


And here's a vlog about my new and improved life (post book deal), which the good people at Abrams enjoyed and shared at a staff meeting (thereby securing in my mind that they are truly MY people):


Whew! Six months of news is lengthy! Imagine how long-winded I'll be after the book comes out? (less than one month-- did I mention that?)


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