Being an Author is Just Another Day in the Park

One of the things I enjoy about being an author is that I get to take part in some fun events. Saturday, I was at Prose in the Park, an annual outdoor literary festival which was held at Parkdale Park in Ottawa. It was an opportunity to meet local authors, to listen to them talk about their books, their views on writing and the publishing industry, and of course, to buy new books. Continue reading

TD Awards 2015

NaNoWriMo: Getting Inspiration from the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards

I took the night off from NaNoWriMo last night to go to the annual TD awards for Canadian Children’s Literature published in French. Five books were up for the $30,000 top prize. The event at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts was an opportunity to mingle and meet writers and publishers in the French community.  It’s so inspiring to see writers and illustrators being feted and recognized for their work.

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NaNoWriMo: Mulligatawny Soup for the Writer’s Soul

I had no idea what I was in for when I signed up for NaNoWriMo. Sure, I was intrigued by the idea of writing a book in 30 days, but finding the time and energy after a full day’s work is another challenge. My only real hope is to write like crazy on the weekends.

One way for me to find extra time is to prepare meals for the week. Since it’s fall, I turned to one of my favourite soup recipes.  It’s from  the cookbook Anne Lindsay’s New Light Cooking, and is easy to prepare and flavourful. Continue reading

The Frozen Book Tag

Frozen the movie

My friend, Kim (blogger Tranquil Dreams) tagged me for this book list. You can read her answers here. I like the movie Frozen not only because it’s a good story (and I like the song too), but also because the ending is not the typical happily-ever-after that most Disney movies have.

Olaf at ComiconLast year, when I went to Comicon, I saw Olaf and just had to take a picture with him. He’s so huggable!

Anyway, the questions are fun, but weren’t so easy for me to answer. I love too many books to chose just a few, but here we go!  Continue reading

Q&A with Suana Verelst, Illustrator of Razia’s Ray of Hope

Montreal has a terrific writing community and there is no doubt that its members have helped me grow as a writer. I met Suana Verelst, an award winning illustrator, several years ago at a get-together for writers and illustrators of children’s and young adult books.  (She also makes great home-made soup which I tasted at our last Christmas pot luck.) Her latest, Razia’s Ray of Hope, is an award winning book based on the true story of a girl in Afghanistan who desperately wants an education Continue reading