Archive for July 2013





There’s been a gap in my blog, and here’s the reason why: I’m giving myself a six-month sabbatical.P1030910

Webster’s Dictionary defines sabbatical as a year or half year of absence for study, rest, or travel.

Ever since January of 2004, when I started writing what was to become The Nine Lives of Travis Keating, I’ve been working full-time. Five books in ten years. Add to that, school visits, book tours, library readings, award ceremonies – and, of course, ordinary day to day living.

Last fall, I found I was resenting the demands of the books. I always said I’d write for kids and teens as long as it was fun and then I’d quit.

I don’t want to quit!!

So…six months off to read, relax, read, replenish, read.

Throw in some travel (to Iceland, Banff, and Port Joli), research for books number six and seven (yes, I have ideas), and cleaning out closets that are life-threatening to open.

I therefore won’t be writing a regular weekly blog for a while – you don’t really want to know I blitzed the cupboard under the kitchen sink, do you?

But when I read something interesting, come back from Iceland, hear another writer read, I’ll be in touch.


Enjoy summer!


Nix Minus One News



I was happy to find out from friends that Nix Minus One was one of the books chosen on CBC Radio (Shelagh Rogers) for the Children’s Book Panel 2013.

Here’s the link:

And thank you to my publisher, Pajama Press, for putting Nix Minus One in the Atlantic Summer Reading Guide.



“My grandson Stuart and his girlfriend before her high school graduation prom, in the Halifax Public Gardens. Stuart is the one who all those years ago asked me to write him a book, and started along the road of writing for kids and teens. He’s just finished his first year at St Mary’s University.”

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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


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