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Monday interview – with me!

In real life, Smudge's Mark on January 24, 2011 at 7:16 am

No, silly, I didn’t interview myself. But the fabulous Maureen McGowan did over on her collaborative blog, Get Lost In A Story.

(Psst! There’s also a chance to win a hardcover copy of SMUDGE’S MARK in there, too!)

Thanks, Maureen! It was fun!

Just For Fun

In Smudge's Mark, special moments, Yay on June 27, 2010 at 6:35 pm
Look what I just came across!

Smudge and Hunger Games!

You may not be able to read the text, but you call tell which books Smudge has been paired with! Sheesh. I’d be honored if even just ONE person thought to buy Smudge the same time they bought Hunger Games and Catching Fire. But “Frequently Bought Together”? Nice! 
However, knowing the games the gods of Amazon play, this is most likely my Treat of the Week and it’ll be gone by tomorrow. But it’s the little treats along the way that make the tough slogging more bearable, right?

A Brilliantly, Awesomely, Horrific Idea

In a peek inside my head, Smudge's Mark on April 15, 2010 at 5:35 pm

How fun! Today is Operation Book Drop Off Day (a.k.a. #operationtbd on Twitter) which means that if you want to play, you’re to take a book to a public place and … drop it off. Yep. Just like that.

Needless to say, I just had to get in on the action! So, I signed a copy of SMUDGE’S MARK and wrote a note inside telling the finder that “Surprise! Finder’s Keepers!” Then I went to my neighborhood train station and strategically placed the book in a spot I knew it wouldn’t be overlooked: right on the steps that lead to and from the tracks! At least one person in the crowd that would soon be teeming out of the rush hour train would be curious enough to pick it up on their way up the stairs! Brilliant!

Brilliant idea!

I left the train station with a big smile on my face. I mean, who doesn’t love doing random things like this? And who wouldn’t love to find a free book, right? It was just so much fun, being all clandestine-like, dropping off a secret present for a secret person. Awesome!

About half-way home, I was struck with a horrible thought. What if … what if someone goes DOWN the stairs. And what if that someone doesn’t see the book and trips on it and falls all the way down the steps and breaks a leg! Both legs! And splits their head open on the concrete! And maybe sprains their wrist(s) as they’re trying to break their fall! And spills their hot coffee all over them and (gasp!) crushes their brand new iPad that they drove all night to wait in line for! 

Crap! I signed the book! I wrote a “Surprise!” note in it! I’ll be sued! Horror!

I’ve got to move that book!

I did a u-turn as quickly as I could (and those aren’t always legal here, in Canada) and raced back to the train station (which isn’t legal anywhere, I don’t think) I parked, jumped out of the car, and speed-walked in the direction of the stairwell. I didn’t run because I didn’t want to look, um, obvious in case that poor person was already lying on the concrete, crying out in pain and at the loss of their iPad, with a crowd of people around them.

Well, you’ll be happy to know that there was no one lying on the concrete, crying out in pain. (Or at the loss of their iPad) In fact, the stairwell was still empty. I scooped up my book and put it in a much safer place.

A much safer place

Now I’ll be able to sleep tonight.

Welcome to my New Blog! (I feel another contest coming on…)

In Smudge's Mark on April 11, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Hello! And welcome to my new digs. You like?

As you can see, I’ve decided to move my blog from point A (Blogger) to point B (WordPress). Why, you ask? Well, why the heck not?

As you can also see I don’t have a name for my new blog yet and a new blog deserves a new name, don’t you think? I mean, no one reuses the title of their first book as the title of their second book, do they? And people don’t reuse the name of their first child as the name of their second child, right? Exactly. So this blog needs a new name.

Have I mentioned that I feel another contest coming on?

Well, here it is: Numerous minds are better than one, so help me name my new blog for a chance to win a copy of my recently released MG fantasy, SMUDGE’S MARK. Win it for yourself or, if you already own a copy (a huge high-five if you do!!) win it to give away to your friend, cousin, niece, nephew, teacher, librarian, coach, piano instructor, tutor,  butcher, ice-cream truck guy; or just leave it on a park bench, in your school bus, or on the subway!

So, who’s game? I’ll leave the contest open til Sunday, April 25, 2010. And come April 26, 2010 (Insert witty blog title here) will become ______________!

To enter, leave a comment below with your suggestion. Make it fun! Make it creative! Make it snap, crackle, and pop! And most of all, make it leave a mark!

Oh! And besides the book, I promise to throw in a few extra little goodies for the winner, too. 🙂 Just because I love giving stuff away!

Another SMUDGE’S MARK Book Giveaway!

In book giveaway, contests are really really fun, Smudge's Mark on February 5, 2010 at 9:57 am

See, I told you I’d be posting another giveaway. So here it is:

For a chance to win a copy of SMUDGE’S MARK and other great book-related goodies,

Leave a comment telling me how you (or someone you know) are making your mark in your school, community, city, country or world. What are you doing to make a difference? How are you helping the world become a better place?

The winning comment will be chosen on March 1, 2010 by 12 midnight EST.

I’m looking forward to hearing how you’re making your MARK!

(P.S. Yes, an identical contest is being held over at the SMUDGE’S MARK Facebook page. So, FYI one winner will be chosen from each contest)

A big surprise for Smudge’s Mark

In ACP, Paola Opal board books, Smudge's Mark on April 30, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Wow… how surprised was I to find that Smudge’s Mark has been recommended by the Association of Canadian Publishers as one of “the best new Canadian children’s and young adult titles published this spring”? Pretty darn surprised, I’ll tell you! Especially since it hasn’t even been released yet! Wow. Actually, from Simply Read Books (my publisher) Smudge’s Mark and two board books by Paola Opal made the list for their respective categories.

Check out the Canadian Books for Canadian Kids website. You’ll find Smudge’s Mark listed under the “Books for Young Adults” section. Click on the cover to read a blurb. (BTW – you’ll notice that’s not the final cover design)

What a great way to end the month! 🙂

Do I See Light?

In could be light at the end of the tunnel, Smudge's Mark on March 3, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Well, well, well. I’m told they’re hoping to start printing Smudge’s Mark next month. How that translates into a release date, I have no idea. But at least they’re hoping to start printing…

Wish I could tell you more. But, hey. That’s the best news I’ve heard in a long time.

Maybe there really is light at the end of the tunnel…

At least it isn’t raining

In editing a novel, Sally Gardner, Smudge's Mark, The Silver Blade on February 18, 2009 at 2:36 pm

It’s cold, I’m sick, and it’s been snowing. I guess I shouldn’t complain. At least it isn’t raining like it was a few days ago…

I must say I’m glad to have found Sally Gardner on blogspot. She’s one of my new favorite authors and she’s just polishing her latest manuscript: The Silver Blade. As it is with authors who are in the middle of editing a novel, she hasn’t had the time to update her blog in quite some time. I’m looking forward to when she has a moment to jot down a few notes.

As for me, I’ve got a bit of time since I’m not in the middle of editing a novel and I’m having a hard time focusing on the sequel to Smudge’s Mark. So, I think I’ll go catch up with Fat Charlie before I have to go to work. To my other job. The one that pays.

‘Longsuffering’? That’s about right…

In having a book published takes forever, Smudge's Mark on February 9, 2009 at 9:20 pm

This is the rough image for the cover of Smudge’s Mark. Of course the final image will have my name and the book’s title on it. It’ll be interesting to see how much it will have changed before the book is actually released.

It’s weird to think that I’m blogging and website-ing long before you even know that Smudge, Tessa, and Gil exist. I wish I could introduce them to the world – – yesterday!

Waiting is so hard… I’m not well-known for my patience level – or ‘longsuffering’ as some would call it. Actually, that sounds about right to me; longsuffering.

Well, okay. Long, yeah. Definitely. Suffering, not so much.

Well, maybe a little.

During the last few years, my emotions and perseverance have been tested like they’ve never been tested before. Oh, it’s a good testing, (by that I mean that I’m glad I’m getting published – I know there are lots of people out there who’d give their eye teeth to be in my position) but that doesn’t necessarily make it easier. Becoming a published author is altogether a thrilling, exhausting, exciting, nerve-wracking, overwhelming, nail-biting, frustrating, life-changing experience.

It’s amazing anyone comes out of this process normal.

Let the fun begin…

In JacketFlap, Smudge's Mark on February 6, 2009 at 1:22 pm

And so it begins…

Being a somewhat private person, I never thought I’d ever post my life in the public eye. But, here I am, blogging away. Heck, everyone’s doing it! Why not?

Life is never boring, is it? Unless of course you’re my 12-year-old daughter. Her facebook status always boldly declares her boredom with life. But, considering the drama she spews on a regular basis, I have a feeling “I’m soooooooooo bored” is just something to say when you’ve got nothing better.

Anyway, I can truthfully say I’ve never posted “I’m bored” on my FB page. No way! Not with everything that’s been going on these last few years, namely the publication of my first children’s fantasy novel, Smudge’s Mark. Editing the manuscript could have been my full-time job, if I didn’t already have a (paying) job. Getting paid to do full-time work is always a good thing, but not always a guaranteed thing, as anyone who’s ever labored over editing a book knows! Well, all that work is finally going to pay off really soon. Smudge’s Mark is being published by Simply Read Books and will hopefully be released this spring, 2009. I’ve even gone ahead and started up a website: Check it out sometime. (Are my friends sick of hearing that yet? Ask them.)

I’ve also become a member of children’s book networking web space. Yikes! Networking! Is this idea that I’m an author really becoming real? “Networking” sounds so official.

Anyway, here I sit listening to Viva La Vida on my iPod, (I’m thinking I really like the idea of a Strawberry Swing) contemplating the concept of “networking”, and still wondering why the heck a private person like me is blogging.

Maybe I’ll find out one day…