I am a Canadian children's writer who is best known for my fiction books for boys, including an eight-book series called Martin Bridge, a trilogy called The Lobster Chronicles, and two new mystery novels called The Spotted Dog Last Seen and The Missing Dog is Spotted. Literary critics from Horn Book, Kirkus Starred Reviews, School Library Journal, the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail claim that I add much-needed male protagonists to early chapter-book and junior fiction readers.
My books have been a finalist for the Book of the Year for Children Award by the Canadian Library Association, the John Spray Mystery Award (Canadian Children's Book Centre), British Columbia’s Red Cedar Award, Alberta’s Rocky Mountain Book Award, Saskatchewan’s Diamond Willow Award, Manitoba’s Young Readers' Choice Award, and numerous Atlantic Canada Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Awards. My work is also included in the New York Public Library's Top 100 Children's Books, the Association of Canadian Publishers' Top Grade Canlit for Classrooms, Best Books of Exceptional Caliber by the Canadian Children's Book Centre, Best of Books by Horn Book, the Junior Library Guild Premier Selection and the Notable Books List by the American Library Association.
My initial bucket list included having an astronaut autograph my first book about rockets. Having accomplished that feat, I've now added new items to my bucket list such as having my stories translated into many different languages, seeing my work performed on stage or on screen, and meeting a published young writer whom I helped inspire during one of my book tours or presentations. That would be awesome!
Born and raised in Alberta where I completed a degree in political science and psychology from the University of Calgary, I moved to Halifax to study at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Upon graduation with a fine arts degree, I later completed a graduate degree in public administration from Dalhousie University. I now reside in downtown Halifax surrounded by shipyards, fog and historic cemeteries where I continue to build my writing career, favoring east coast characters and settings for all my work.