Archive for October 2008

Travis is in the stores!

The Nine Lives of Travis Keating is now in the local bookstores – at Woozles, Tattletales, Chapters, Indigo and Coles. It’s fun to see an actual book on the shelf.

Reviews of the book

A few quotes from a recent review of “The Nine Lives of Travis Keating”:

“…a thought-provoking, entertaining, and entirely satisfying book…

MacLean’s dialogue is strong, and her characters have a realistic depth and complexity that makes the reader care about each character…

a marvellous achievement.”


CM Magazine, September 2008 (published by the Manitoba Library Association, and hosted by the University of Manitoba)

A sequel is coming…

Today I emailed the sequel to “The Nine Lives of Travis Keating” to my editor, who lives in British Columbia. The sequel is about Prinny, one of the characters in the first book. By the time I’d finished telling the story of Travis’s adventures, Prinny was tapping me on the shoulder with her own story – one of the fun parts of writing!

Ideas for a third book are floating around in my head, again with many of the same characters. Too early to talk about those ideas, though. I don’t think it’s a good idea to say much about a book you haven’t yet written. It takes a lot of energy to write a novel; the more you talk about the book beforehand, the more you let off the head of steam that will carry you to the end.

The Book is here and in my hand!

Today my copies of “The Nine Lives of Travis Keating” arrived by courier from Toronto. Suddenly this very long process of writing the book, revising it, finding a publisher, working with an editor on further revisions – all comes together in an actual book. Something I can hold in my hand. Amazing!

My thanks to Fitzhenry & Whiteside for producing such a fine-looking book.

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The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden
Jill MacLean's latest book The Hidden Agenda of Sigrid Sugden , published by Fitzhenry & Whiteside and is available in bookstores and on-line!

This book is the completion of the Newfoundland trilogy which started with The Nine Lives of Travis Keating, followed by The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy.

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Nix Minus One

Jill MacLean's book Nix Minus One , published by Pajama Press and now available in bookstores!

Nix Minus One is geared for readers in Grade 7-8 and up.
Published February 15, 2013


Jill MacLean's books on Goodreads

Home Truths
Home Truths

reviews: 34

ratings: 143 (avg rating 4.20)

The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy
The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy

reviews: 14

ratings: 69 (avg rating 4.19)

The Nine Lives of Travis Keating
The Nine Lives of Travis Keating

reviews: 26

ratings: 91 (avg rating 4.16)

Nix Minus One
Nix Minus One

reviews: 6

ratings: 13 (avg rating 4.15)

Brevity of Red, The
Brevity of Red, The

ratings: 1 (avg rating 3.00)