Photo by Ginny Coombs

Photo by Ginny Coombs

“It’s never too late to try something new…”

and I’m the grey-haired proof.

If you’d said seven or eight years ago that I’d have three children’s books published in as many years, I’d have replied, “Oh yeah, and I’ll run the Boston Marathon a couple of times as well.”

If you’d said I’d spend a week visiting schools and libraries the width of Newfoundland – schools? – I’d have told you your imagination was way out of whack.

If you’d said I’d find myself at an award ceremony at Toronto’s Harbourfront along with 1500 screaming kids desperate to find out if their favourite book had been chosen, I’d have sent you to the Yellow Pages to look for a good psychiatrist.

I’d have been wrong on all three counts.

In 2003, my nine-year-old grandson asked me to write him a book with hockey and snowmobiles in it. Yes, I said, of course I will.

By the time I got home, I knew I was in trouble.  Serious trouble.  There’s a blue line and something called icing, but I’m not sure of the connection.  And I don’t even like snowmobiles.

But a promise is a promise.

Five years later, The Nine Lives of Travis Keating was published.  I dedicated to my grandson.  Its sequel, The Present Tense of Prinny Murphy, followed a year later.  Home Truths, my first young adult novel, came out in the fall of 2010. Next on the list? I think I might try writing another book.  Wish me luck!

And yes, I had a wonderful time in the Newfoundland schools; and I can’t imagine what more a writer could ask for than an audience of over a thousand kids who love to read.  I hope you do, too!

Read more in my profile, published on the Canadian Children’s Book News website.

Jill  is a member in good standing of the following associations:

Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia

Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers

Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Writers’ Union of Canada

You can contact Jill here.

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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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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)