If I could review my own books, here’s what I would probably say.


Magic High

A school of magic and normies? You’re lucky the actual story isn’t a Hogwarts rip off.

I kind of like that Rick guy, though I have no idea why. He’s so weird. Also, Tabetha needs a hobby.

Funny in a silly sort of way.


The Box

Lou and Al spend most of the book fighting for the title of most clueless character, while Lou’s sister Cindy steals the spotlight. My favorite part is Farah the Chimera. I want a pet chimera who acts like a puppy.


The Journal

Finally, a dragon in a fantasy story. Who doesn’t like dragons? Plus I guess Cindy, now known as Sin, goes off on an adventure as well. But sexy shape shifting dragon! Whoo!


The Sword

Al’s back! Whee! Oh, he’s completely crazy. That’s cool, I guess. He’s still got a thing for Lou, right? We can still ship those two, right? And his sister is awake, sort of. Good for her.

That ending though… Seriously? That’s how you’re going to end the novel? Well at least we’ll find out what happens in the next book.


The University

SERIOUSLY? We’re going back in time? They aren’t going to deal with the ending of The Sword, like, at all. What a f***ing rip off. And that Christina Gaudet chick is taking forever to write the next book too. What a jerk.

I guess Tristan and Cole are kind of cute. And the dragon is back, which is good. Still doesn’t make up for the cliffhanger of The Sword, though.



How do you feel about my books? Guess what, unlike me, you can actually review them. It’s so easy, I could cry. But I won’t. Because that would be awkward.

Review them with one click…and then a couple more clicks, and a bit of writing…I swear it’s not as hard as it sounds.

The Box

The Journal

The Sword

The University

Magic High

flying by the seat of his pants

Image Credit – Peter H. Reynolds (Author and illustrator of adorable kids books)

I’m currently working on my third edit of the fifth book in The Box series. For this edit, I’ve scrapped just about everything I’ve written to this point and rewriting the book from start to finish.

Yup. I’m throwing out about 60000 words. Around 30000 of which I hand wrote during the summer.

You probably think I’m crazy. What I wrote can’t be that bad. Why wouldn’t I just fix up what I have?

You’re right. I am crazy.

But here’s the thing. If I believe, which I do, that rewriting the entire book will make it better, than that’s what I need to do. I will never be happy with the final product if I try to salvage parts just to make the process go faster. I don’t think you as a reader would be happy either. That’s just wrong. I might as well give up writing entirely if my goal isn’t to make my readers happy.

I have some author friends *cough* Patti Larsen *cough* who shake their heads at my process. Such authors are amazing at writing outlines and figuring out their books before they ever start writing the first words on page.

Man, do I ever wish I could work like them. One draft and a few edits would be much easier than rewriting entire books. I’ve tried outlines of various kinds. Detailed, general, cue cards, chapter by chapter breakdowns. I have never finished a novel when I started with an outline. I’ve written approximately ten novels at this point.

Despite my attempts to be a more efficient writer and plan my stories ahead of time, I think I will always be a write by the seat of my pants sort of person. It takes probably twice as long (or more) in the end, but it’s the process that works for me.
If you’re a writer, what’s your process? If you’re a reader, do you know what your favorite author’s process is like?

magic handImage Credit – Cruenta

If you’re on my page, you probably have a rough understanding of the type of books I write. Young adult paranormal. In other words, I take realistic people (kind of), throw magic at them and delight as they squirm uncomfortably.

Recently I brought paperback copies of my books to a couple of events to sell and have had people stop and read the blurb on the back of the book. As they set the book back on the table, they smile up at me and ask “Is this based on a true story?”

The first time this happened, I laughed aloud, sure that the gentleman asking was joking. Except he didn’t laugh with me.

I awkwardly cleared my throat and said as kindly as possible, “No, I write fiction. The stories are made up.”

“Do you believe in magic?” His smile was pleasant and to all appearances he was being completely serious.

Not sure how to answer, I thought back to my times as a child, attempting to cast spells and summon ghosts and say, “I wish it were real.”

“Well,” he said with a tap of his finger on my book cover, “You must have been spying through my window, because this sounds exactly like my life.”

As he walked away, I wondered if maybe he was teasing me, or perhaps he was simply crazy, be he came off as neither.

When a few days ago I was once again asked if my books were based on my life, I began to wonder. Am I the only one in the world who hasn’t had marvelous magical adventures? I’ve gone on adventures, traveled to castles, unintentionally swam with seals, discovered old abandoned houses full of stories I’ll never know.

Never have I had a man the size of my thumb fall onto my lap and say “Hello.”


Tell me, how much magic fills your life? Make me jealous with your stories!

I’ve worked at tables for three conventions now, and I’ve got to say, this latest one was the most rewarding.

Let’s go back to my first con. FanExpo in Toronto, 2010, where my comics went to die. I came out of that con feeling deflated and uninterested in drawing. I stopped drawing comics, and honestly, I haven’t done more than a few pages since. There were two major reasons why.

1) I went with a friend who was (and still is) a much better comic artist than me. Brenda Little. (Yup, My Little Pony artist, Brenda. Though she wasn’t doing that at the time). I’ll admit it, I got jealous when people said nice things about her stuff and ignored mine on the same table.

2) I wasn’t ready to be there. Although I’d been doing a couple of online comics, neither were popular by any means, and my drawing skills were still pretty amateur. Course, I didn’t think so at the time, but that’s what a few years of retrospection gets you.

I sold a few little things, including a couple of my very first plushies based on my own comic. Honestly, I did amazing for the level I was at, I just didn’t appreciate it at the time. Plus the trip and table was expensive, so both Brenda and I were hoping to do better.

My second con was Hal-Con 2012. I went with author Patti Larsen. This was her table, but she let me have what I had of my books on her table. We went with big hopes, but it was pretty clear, most people at the con weren’t really interested in books. Even if they were all fantasy and sci-fi.

Still, I had much more fun at this one compared to the first, even though I didn’t sell a single book. Why? I had no expectations going into the event. It was a last minute invitation and I was super happy I got to go at all.

My third and latest con ended just yesterday. Hal-Con 2014. What a blast! Everything went right at this con. People were in great moods and seemed to be there to buy things. My table did amazing, and I sold all but two of my dragons in the first day. I even sold a few books and prints, which I really hadn’t been expecting after my other two experiences.

What were the major differences?

The con atmosphere. Fan Expo had problems the year we were there. It was over packed and fire regulations kept people from moving about the exhibition area with ease. That put people in a foul mood which made them less likely to buy, even if they did see something they sort of liked. This year’s Hal-Con ran remarkably smoothly. I didn’t hear a single complaint the entire time.

I had product people wanted. People want something they recognize, which usually means fan art. I’m guilty of this as much as anyone. There’s so much visual information at a con, your brain seems to shut most of it out. It’s only when it sees something familiar that it goes, “Hey! That’s awesome! You want that!”

My skill level has greatly improved. From my drawing to cover design to sewing. Everything looked a little more professional than even two years ago.

Plushies! I was the only table to have handmade plushies, which made my items a novelty. Also, people love items they can hold and cuddle. Once they’ve picked up the items, parting with them becomes that much more difficult, which means sales are more likely. Posters are great, but there’s only so many walls in a house. There’s always room for one more plushie, pin, or trinket.

Will I do another con?

Before this year’s Hal-Con, I wasn’t sure. Tables can be expensive and travel is even worse. Now, it’s a definite yes. I’m not sure when or where, but I will do it again. It was so much fun, how could I not!




I’m headed to Hal-Con this year! I’m super excited. Apparently there was a huge number of people who applied for tables, so I’m lucky to get one.

Hal-Con is a comic convention in Halifax, NS, Canada. If you want to find out more, visit their website. But be warned, they are almost out of tickets!

I’m going to have lots of plushies, mini dragons, and illustrations there. It should be a colorful table. I’m still working on all of the items I’m going to have available, but you can get a good idea of what’s going to be there by glancing around this website.

I found out today where my table is going to be. Table 231! You can see where that is on the map below. Hope to see some of you there!

2014 halcon floorplan


Ok, I admit it. I haven’t been writing lately. I’m sorry! But I’ve been doing other things you might enjoy, such as making these tiny dragons out of clay. Aren’t they adorable? They are all about 2″ big and handmade out of polymer clay. I’m thinking about selling them on Etsy soon. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


When you read a swearword in a young adult book, are you surprised? Or have you come to expect foul language?

I know when I was a teen, it was unheard of for there to be swearing in YA books, unless they were really edgy. Now, I don’t even blink if there’s swearing. I’ve kept it out of my books for the most part, though that was mostly because my editors insisted. In my next series, there’s a chance I might let the swearwords fly.

So, I guess that makes this a two part question. What do you think of swearing in books? And, what do you think of an author who previously had no swearing in their books and later swears away (in a separate series)?

Like most authors, I get my ideas from paying attention to the world around me. But that’s not a very satisfying answer, so let me take you step-by-step through how I wrote The Box.

1)   Started with an idea or an image. In this case, the picture of a girl wearing a lipstick container as a necklace and a miniature boy inside came to me. (This idea didn’t just pop into my head while I was sleeping or traveling. I was actively trying to come up with my next idea for a book. I thought about all of the things I loved as a kid and what I enjoy now. Eventually I thought about miniature items which I’ve always loved, and the image popped into my mind.)

2)   Figure out what her story is. “The guy literally fell into your lap and now you’re trying to get him home, huh? Interesting.” (Yes, I have conversations with my characters. How else am I going to know how the character talks and thinks and reacts to things?)

3)   How’s this book going to end? (This usually changes for me as I write. The Box had a completely different ending in my mind, but when I started writing, things sort of happened.)

4)   Write. (I usually have two or three scenes in my mind before I start, and my goal is to get from the beginning to those scenes in a way that makes sense. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t and those scenes end up being cut.)

5)   Rewrite. (I wrote about 20,000 words of The Box where Lou was much snarkier and Sin didn’t exist. After getting some beta reader’s comments, I realised Lou sounded too similar to Tabetha from my first published novel, Magic High. The sequence of events were similar as well. I knew I could do better, so I scrapped everything I’d written and started again. The only thing that stayed the same was my original idea of a girl wearing a lipstick container with a miniature guy within.

6)   Rewrite some more. (It took me one month to write the first draft of The Box. It took me two years to edit it to the state it’s in now. Very little remains of the original writing, though most of the ideas are the same.)

My process hasn’t changed much since I wrote The Box. I’ve tried outlining and other techniques with little success. What seems to work best for me right now is to get an idea for a scene, and make it grow.

Everyone excited? It’s book release day for The University, the fourth book in The Box series. That means I’ve published five books in 4 years. Not bad. But this year is going to be epic. I have so many ideas for novels in my mind just waiting to be written and I can’t wait to share them with you.

So look out 2014. This is going to be a crazy fun year.

Now, let’s step back four years from the events of The Sword and meet Tristan in The University.

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Question of the day…

Have you ever started a series by reading any book other than #1?

I have feelings about this. Strong ones. But from what I’ve heard from every other author and publisher out there, I must be wrong.

Yes, I have accidentally picked up the second or third in a series. (Designers, please put a number on there somewhere, especially for paperbacks. There’s tons of room.) But as soon as I realized what I did, I stopped reading.

What would you do if you accidentally started reading book 2+ in a series?