Category Archive: Book News & Events

Aug 21

FLY CATCHER BOY print version now up on AMAZON

Yipee~  Fly Catcher Boy is now available in print on ( shows “temporarily out of stock” but go ahead and order anyway; it will ship fairly quickly despite the notation).  The print version now joins the iBook, covering digital and print needs.  Self-publishing has been quite a journey and I could never have done it on …

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Jul 04

Thank you Keen Readers!

Sure, the writing and publishing road can be fraught with potholes, detours, or unexpected dead ends yet there are so many success stories, not all of them measured by best-sellers or high-profile book tours.  While my own publishing story came down to “right place, right time”, it was also loaded with all that is wonderful and exciting in a first …

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Jun 26

Meet Hailey Sabourin, Illustrator of the new Fly Catcher Boy iBook

  Q:  We first met in the summer of 2011, introduced through mutual friends.  When you heard I wanted to meet you to talk about illustrating a book, what did you think? A:  I was excited.  All I could think was positive! Q:  I spent about three days in your hometown, talking and getting to …

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Jun 02

The wait is over…

Fly Catcher Boy for the iPAD* now available Fly Catcher Boy, first published by Gumboot Books, Vancouver 2009) has been re-worked and re-launched as a dual-language English story with Japanese words throughout, an interactive version brought to life by Simon Hayama’s narration, and Hailey Sabourin’s manga-style illustrations. The read-it-to-me page by page audio option with sound …

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Mar 13

Finally……extreme makeover complete

Maybe you’ve noticed?  I’ve not been around for awhile but now I’m back….catching up on a few posts that have been waiting patiently in draft limbo: Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable’s SERENDIPITY 2012 , THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON, began Friday, February 24th with a lovely dinner at UBC Golf Club.  Serendipity’s theme, ASIAN THEMES FOR YOUNG …

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Sep 26

My new Fan; meet “J”…

I know many authors who have huge followings; authors who have been at this writing biz for a few…or many years.  I write for kids.  I had three of my own so I should have some idea what makes them tick…not that this qualifies me for anything really! Recently I’ve had the pleasure of connecting with family …

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Sep 22

Fly Catcher Boy travels to Japan….and ends up in a museum!

Being married to a Japanese national has some definite perks when it comes to sourcing out marketing opportunities in Japan. Takeshi has found a variety of great locations there, intent on introducing Fly Catcher Boy, my bi-lingual English/Japanese book for children, to millions of kids in his homeland. The OSHIMA MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOKS, located …

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Aug 18


I love it when this happens!  One morning you find an email in your inbox.  You almost delete it because you don’t recognize the sender…..but, what the heck, it’s a slow morning so you take a chance.  Lo! it’s a “we’re interested in your book” email from University of Colorado, Boulder, the Program For Teaching …

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Aug 03

On…and off… the road in B.C.

I love nothing more than a road trip, preferably on my own, with enough freedom to take back roads, explore, sit on a porch and talk to the townfolk.  So, on July 21st I set off from White Rock, destination: Kettle Valley area. Purpose?  TBA later on; however, I wanted to share Part 1 of …

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Jul 12

Authorpalooza update

Check out* for author interviews spearheaded by Lindsey Carmichael.  Mine was featured July 8th.  I’ve enjoyed reading other author interviews so much; such interesting people who have led fascinating lives.  Thanks Lindsey for giving everyone the opportunity to get “up close and personal” with writers. *I posted the wrong link previously; hope it didn’t cause …

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