The Life of a Writer


I applied for the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week Tour back in April, and on June
24th found out my application had been successful. About 25 illustrators, storytellers and
writers are chosen, each one to tour in a province or territory of Canada between April
30th and May 7th in 2011 – I’ll be in Ontario, although I’m not sure where yet. I felt very
honoured to have been selected. The website is, and if you click on
my name, a biography will come up.

I updated my Writers in the Schools profile for the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia
over the summer.

I also worked with my virtual assistant (I love saying that!) on my website over the
summer and early fall. She set one up for me very fast in the spring so it would be there
for the TD Book Tour application. So now we’re still smoothing out a few wrinkles. I
hope you find it very user-friendly!

In case you think I don’t do anything but work, I spent a lot of time at the beach – we had
a hot dry summer – and in the garden, and reading. Is there anything better than wading
the length of Martinique Beach on the Eastern Shore on a sunny day in August?

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