Join me at Yorkdale Indigo, April 29, 1-4

Come and talk to me about The Blues or baseball or Christie Pits or writing or … whatever you want!

I’ll be signing copies of Sliding Home, along with fellow author Nancy Miller, who is debuting her first YA novel Gang Girls.

We’ll be upstairs, near the children’s books.

Hope to see you there!

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Coke “accidentally” gives my next novel a boost!

Picture of a Diet Coke bottle with the words Sliding Home on it. Sliding Home is the name of my next novel!

This Coke came out of the machine–randomly. It has the name of my next book on it!

My next novel is called Sliding Home — it comes out in January 2018, through Lorimer Publishing.

The other day I was on Toronto Island (where I hardly ever go) doing some research. I put a toonie in a Coke machine and THIS is what came out! I didn’t even notice until my husband and I had drunk nearly half of it.

If this isn’t a good omen for Sliding Home, I don’t know what is!

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Coach Coop in real life!

The other day, I bumped into the real-life Coach Coop at a baseball game at Bond Park in North York, Ontario.

My son is one of 10 young baseball players that Coop (and several other North York coaches) have coached over the years. A bunch of those kids happened to be playing, so he came by to see how his young proteges were faring.

As you’ll know if you’ve read Tagged Out, the real-life Coop let me use his name for the Coach of the fictional Toronto Blues. “Coop” will also feature in the upcoming Home Team (to be published in 2018).

In Tagged Out, I gave Coop a faux hawk but I think the real-life Coop was none-too-pleased about that. For Home Team, I’m thinking I’ll let him keep the beard. What do you think?

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Rain, rain, go … into my new book!

This 2012 photo is from the Bridgewater Eagles website.

It’s raining.

The rain has cancelled my son’s two games today and all of the games at Christie Pits. But if you read Tagged Out, you know what “rain” means to the kids on The Blues — Mudball!

So, instead of writing the chapter about the Blues vs. the Pirates for my new book, Home Team, I’m instead writing the Mudball chapter.

I’m listening to the sounds the rain makes on my roof, and putting Miguel in that situation. And what it looks like on the window, and on the street, and in the trees. We all have memories of rain, but it’s great to have the rain dictate its characteristics, directly, in its own way. All I’m doing is listening, and writing it down. And calling it “Chapter 9.”

Rain, rain don’t go away — because it’s Mudball time.

Not it!

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CCBC author profile – with insider info!

Want to know more about the sequel to Tagged Out, and how Tagged Out came to be?

Or how I got out of gym and recess for a whole year in elementary school (not that it’s a good thing…)?

Check out this profile in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s newsletter.

Yeah… probably not the principal’s best call, to let me out of gym and recess… but I do thank him for it!

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