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Author of The Patch Project and A Place That Used to Be

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at the end of the year

Well here it is, the last blog post of the year! 2021 has been a ride, to say the least: I moved to a new province, got to spend a whole summer by the sea, submitted some short stories, and (finally) wrote the bulk of book three. In spite of the hard times, I’m thankful for getting to experience all of it.

I’m also thankful for all of the people who have uplifted my husband and I with their friendship, solidarity, board game and AEW wrestling nights. Some of you literally housed us, some of you shared meals with us, some of you sent us kind words when we needed them most. Thank you, thank you, thank you ❤

The year ahead is going to be a busy one. I’m hoping to have the first draft of book three ready for beta readers by the end of January. I’ll be looking for ways to balance work, creativity, and recharge time. I also want to find a writing group and more book-related events in the Halifax area.

Oh, and I wanted to show you all the wonderful photos that Sarah Kivell took based on book two of the Patch Project series! They’re part of the holiday giveaway that runs until January 5th! Here they are:

Photos by Sarah Kivell [Image description: six square photos of a suitcase, worn wall, and a sleeping bag set on a crate, respectively]

May you all have a safe and happy holiday season! See you in the new year!

holiday offer

Announcing a special holiday offer! It’s my first winter on the east coast, and so I wanted to do a little something to thank the folks who buy my books from near and far away! The offer is this: order a copy of A Place That Used to Be from me, and receive a photo for free!

Pictured above: Order a copy of A Place That Used to Be and receive one of these photo prints free!

What’s so special about a photo, you may ask. Well, the photos are part of a series directly inspired by the novel, and were taken by the incredible Sarah Kivell. She takes these amazing, dreamy film photos of everyday things and people, capturing stories with her camera. If you want to see the kind of work she does, check out her Instagram – I believe she even has a sale on some of her photos at the moment!

Here are all the details about this offer:

What: Order a copy of A Place That Used to Be directly from me (message me through my Facebook or website) and receive a free photo inspired by the book!

When: November 26, 2021 to January 5, 2022 (or as long as the limited supply lasts!)

Where: Anywhere! Shipping cost dependent on where you’d like the book sent.

How much: The book is $15, the photo is free, and shipping is $4 in Canada.

And there you have it! If you have any questions, let me know. To stay up to date with upcoming offers and events, follow me on Facebook or YouTube. Thanks, and take care!

The book, the photos, and some holiday cheer!

Sequel Update #8 – Cover to Cover

Last week, Adventure Worlds Press released the cover Christian Laforet designed for A Place That Used to Be! In case you missed it, here it is:

Front cover

It was a bit of a process getting to this final, awesome design. Originally, I’d asked Sarah Kivell to take photos we could use for the cover. She’s an incredible photographer, and I love the work she does with film. The results were inspired by the book; I especially love this one:

Sarah 6

But the best laid plans, as they say. Although Christian and I went back and forth with ideas about how to use Sarah’s photos in the design, nothing we came up with did them justice.

Christian obliged me by putting together some free-form covers, but they didn’t fit what we were looking for either.

The turning point for this cover was when we discussed a couple of images from the book. I mentioned that there’s a scene with a rabbit skull in the third part of the novel, and Christian asked if I’d prefer a photo or drawn graphic.

The result is this striking cover that features a rabbit skeleton that Christian made himself. Amazing!

It taught me a lot about creative collaborating. Although it’s wonderful to have complete creative freedom, it’s important to have some kind of direction or structure. Also, not everything you want to happen is going to work out. The project isn’t a chemical formula. Although I’m really sad that we didn’t get to incorporate Sarah’s photos, I’m thankful that Christian used his talents to make something that only he could make!

That’s our cover story. Hope you like it!

Coming up next week – I’ll tell you about a side project I’ve been working on connected to The Patch Project!

Do you have a collaborative experience like this one? What are some creative things you’ve made with collaborators?

A Place That Used to Be – Update #2!

Hello fellow humans. I’ve reached that state of self-quarantine where my husband and I made up a fake band based on our DnD campaign and recorded a song. It was impromptu and truly one of the greatest things we have ever done.

As promised, here is your weekly update on how the sequel progresses:

  • Full book edits were completed by the incomparable Amilcar John Nogueira! I’m now going through the suggested changes. Also trying to decide if I should restructure the entire first section. I deleted a chapter, which felt amazing. Also, I’ve cut down the number of times people smile and look at each other. Important tendencies to be aware of.
  • I’ve heard from the majestic Sarah Kivell that film is on its way to be developed! I’m eagerly awaiting the photos she took for the book cover. I love collaborative creative things like this.
  • I received some advance comments for the book from Alexander Zelenyj and Elizabeth J. M. Walker! I’m so thankful for their willingness to read the manuscript at this stage and provide their thoughts!

Coming up this week, Mirror World Publishing will be featuring a guest blog post I wrote about writing during self-quarantine. I’ll post a link here as part of next week’s post, or you can follow my Facebook or Instagram for a link the day of.

See you here next week for more sequel developments!

so much news



Meet my new author photo! This film portrait was taken by Sarah Kivell, who does astounding work and constantly inspires me with her contemplative and creative approach to life! I like this photo because I’ve been taking myself too seriously lately; it reminds me that there is fun to be had with creativity, that art is a place to be humble, to play, to listen. This photo is a gift.

I’ve been lax in posting on here lately, but I can promise that that will change very soon. I have so much news in regards to my writing and upcoming books. I can’t reveal some of those things yet, but I’m so excited to share them when the time is right!

I can tell you that my website has been updated! If you want to be the first in the know about upcoming events, readings, and giveaways, you can now sign up for my newsletter!

Also to note is that The Patch Project is going out of print. Limited copies are available for sale at Juniper Books and Biblioasis, with some paperback copies available through Amazon. I also have copies I’ll be selling at upcoming events. If you would like to purchase a signed copy, I’m happy to send/ deliver one to you.

Speaking of upcoming events, the Windsor Small Press Book Fair is going to be held on April 18, 2020 at University Community Church. More details to come!

I’m also really excited for Emily St. John Mandel‘s new book, The Glass Hotel. Her previous book, Station Eleven, is one of my favourite post-apocalyptic novels of all time, but I think she would agree that now is not the best time to start reading it. Stay safe out there, friends!