Writer, mentor, presenter

Considered an authority on writing middle-grade novels and early chapter books for children, I support new authors by delivering tailored presentations at conferences and writing workshops and frequently giving book talks at literary festivals, library events and schools. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I have visited over 200 primary schools across Canada and in the United States.

I also offer mentorships and regularly jury national and regional writing competitions. In addition to fiction, I freelance for travel magazines about my family’s sailing adventures aboard our boat, Cape Fear. More information about me can be found in my short bio or my compilation of common questions.

About me

I am an Atlantic Canadian author of children’s books and am best known for fiction, including an eight-book series called Martin Bridge; a trilogy called The Lobster Chronicles; two mysteries called The Spotted Dog Last Seen and The Missing Dog is Spotted; an adventure novel, The Things Owen Write; a picture book, The Better Tree Fort; and, my newest novel about the Space Race called Clear Skies.

When not writing, I like to sail the coast of Nova Scotia, knit things and paddle board with my dog Ivy. New interests that will likely work their way into future novels include astronomy and birding. Anything seen with binoculars, really. Oh, and, of course, dogs. Obviously.

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About my school and library presentations

My jam-packed primary school visit is a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday experiences that I write stories about. During my author talk, I include props, class participation, writing prompts and video clips sure to keep students engaged and glued to their seats. There are three “how-to” writing topics from my latest books to choose from (below)). I’d love to visit your class in-person or virtually!

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Writing workshops

I support new writers by delivering virtual and in-person workshops to adults, teens and children. I am also pleased to tailor these workshops or teach as part of a writing camp.

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