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Available for Pre-order

Happy News! When Emily was Small is now available for pre-order! If you’d like to purchase it, you can find it on Amazon, Indigo, Book Depository, and anywhere else you like to purchase books! Bonus points for pre-ordering it from your favourite local indie bookstore! I will also love you forever, whether your purchase your own copy or not, if you request that your local library carry a copy!

Here’s the blurb:

A joyful frolic through the garden helps a little girl feel powerful in this beautiful picture book that celebrates nature, inspired by the writings of revered artist Emily Carr.

Emily feels small. Small when her mother tells her not to get her dress dirty, small when she’s told to sit up straight, small when she has to sit still in school. 

But when she’s in the garden, she becomes Small: a wild, fearless, curious and passionate soul, communing with nature and feeling one with herself. She knows there are secrets to be unlocked in nature, and she yearns to discover the mysteries before she has to go back to being small . . . for now. 

When Emily Was Small is at once a celebration of freedom, a playful romp through the garden and a contemplation of the mysteries of nature.

Doesn’t that sound good?

Book Announcement!!!

Hello! I have the most exciting news to share! I signed my first book contract with the amazing Samantha Swenson and the Tundra team!

I can’t wait to share more of the process with you, as I go along.

Also, my husband thinks it’s hilarious that he is getting a picture credit (I literally got all the camera settings ready myself and then told him exactly where to stand! Perhaps it’s more of a patience credit!)

New About Me page

In preparation for sharing some exciting news, it was about time that I updated my About Me page!

First up: the dreaded author photo! It took several tries to get a photo I could use.  My friend Emma and I shoot weddings together all summer long, and we kept trying to fit it in, some time during a wedding.  There are shots of me among hundreds of candles, and shots in breweries, and shots with weird silver lights.  Every time we took them we both ended up saying, “this doesn’t feel quite right.” Finally I dragged my husband outside, and made him pose until I got the lighting and background just right, and then we switched places and got the shot. And then we did it a few more times, in a few different places. Here’s what we ended up with:

And then: the bio.  How do you compress your entire life and motivation into one interesting and hopefully funny paragraph? I spent several weeks and wrote several bios. Or, I tried to write bios.  Mostly they ended up sounding like manifestos, or lists of things that I like, or how I define various nebulous concepts.  Again, everything I ended up with didn’t feel quite right.  Finally, I sat down and imagined the places my bio might go, and suddenly it fell into place.  (For now, at least!)

Along the way, I consulted Jonathon Auxier’s very helpful blog post series, After the Book Deal. I’m not sure I was able to take advantage of all his wisdom, but it certainly helped me out immensely.  Here’s a link to the Do I Really Need a Headshot page:

Jonathan Auxier: “After the Book Deal – Do I Really Need a Headshot?”