• And the nominees are. . .

    Date: 2011.03.16 | Category: Chatter | Response: 0

    How cool is this?

    Callie Boone has been nominated for the Saskatchewan Young Readers’ Choice 2011 Diamond Willow Award.

    Click the link to read more and check out the rest of the nominees. . .

  • Hooray for Libraries!

    Date: 2011.02.16 | Category: Chatter | Response: 0

    I’ve just learned that the Ontario Library Association has chosen “After All, You’re Callie Boone” as one of its “Best Bets” for 2010.

    I’m pleased as punch!

  • A Book Club Visit

    Date: 2010.11.17 | Category: On the Move | Response: 0

    The gang's all here!

    I’ve just returned from a lovely visit to Seattle, where I dropped in on a local book club,  who’d just read “After All, You’re Callie Boone”.

    They were kind enough to let me listen in on their discussion, then had some great questions for me, like:

    Q: Why is Callie Boone a diver?

    A: I wanted Callie to be training for something she’d ultimately have to do alone. No matter how much she practices and how much help she gets from the people around her, when it comes to the competition, and she’s standing at the edge of the diving board, it’s all up to her.

    Q: When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

    A: Since I was a little kid. I loved to read and I always wanted to see my own book on a library shelf.

    Q: Do you like writing?

    A: Yes. I love it, and it’s a very big part of my life. It’s kind of a funny hobby, though, because writing a book involves spending a lot of time alone, but after it’s finished, a writer has to switch gears and start talking about the book with readers, interviewers, etc. Something that had been very private  suddenly becomes public!

    Q: Do you use people you know as characters?

    A: Sometimes there are bits and pieces of friends and family in the characters.  Sometimes I use real arguments that I may have lost in real life. The fun thing about fiction is that I can think about what I wish I’d said, and  re-write the moment.

  • Officially Launched!

    Date: 2010.06.25 | Category: Chatter | Response: 0

    Thanks to all of the folks who came to the Portland launch at A Children’s Place Bookstore.  I hope you had as much fun as I did!

    The gang's all here. . .

    The staff was great and they even let me sign their “Author Table”, which is loaded with tons of autographs. I was pleased as punch to be a part of it.

    Callie's favorite expression seemed like a good fit. . .

  • An interview with Amy

    Date: 2010.06.23 | Category: Chatter | Response: 0

    Check out my recent chat with Portland local, Amy Baskin.

    There might even be a free book in it for you. . .

    http://amy-baskin.blogspot.com/2010/06/winnie-mack-book-giveaway.html

  • Portland Launch Party!

    Date: 2010.06.18 | Category: Upcoming Events | Response: 0

    If you’re in the Portland area (Oregon, that is),  please join me for the official U.S. launch of  “After All, You’re Callie Boone”.

    Yes, there will be cupcakes.

    When: Thursday, June 24th from 4pm-6pm

    Where: A Children’s Place Bookstore  (4807 NE Fremont St, Portland)

    After All, You're Callie Boone

  • Back to School

    Date: 2010.06.18 | Category: On the Move | Response: 0

    I recently paid a visit to Mulgrave School (in my hometown of  West Vancouver, B.C.)  to chat with a group of 63 Sixth Grade students about writing, inspiration and more.

    It was my first school visit and I was asked all kinds of great questions, like:

    Q: Are your  characters are based on yourself and people you know?

    A:  I use bits and pieces from real people (including myself!) but make up the rest.  It’s interesting to see who recognizes themselves. . .and who doesn’t!

    Q: Did you keep your 137 rejection letters?

    A: Yes, I did! When I was at UVic, one of my professors mentioned he had enough rejection letters to wallpaper a house. I think I have enough for a small bathroom.

    Anyway, I had a great time talking with the students and I was amazed by how many of them were already working on writing projects of their own.  Very cool!

  • Canadian Launch

    Date: 2010.05.03 | Category: On the Move | Response: 0

    I’ve just returned from a trip to my hometown of Vancouver, B.C. for the Canadian launch of “After All,You’re Callie Boone”.

    My host was Kidbooks at Edgemont Village,and they made me feel very welcome.

    I had a great time, visiting with a small group of friends and family, eating cupcakes and signing books.

  • An Early Review

    Date: 2010.03.17 | Category: Chatter | Response: 0

    The book will be out on June 8th, but Flannery got a sneak peek.  Find out what she thought by clicking on the link.

    http://littleshopofstories.blogspot.com/2010/03/guest-review-by-flannery-bogost.html

  • Back from New York

    Date: 2010.02.09 | Category: On the Move | Response: 0

    I’ve just returned from a trip to New York, where I visited the Flat Iron Building (see below), which is the home of my publisher. If you’ve seen “Spiderman”, you’ll recognize it.

    During my visit, I met my editor, Jean, for the first time. It was great to be able to chat face-to-face with the woman who liked Callie Boone enough to give her (and me) a chance. I also met Jean’s very cool team, including the folks who handle everything from editing to promoting the book.

    You might think I look like a superhero in the photo, but I swear it’s just the puffy jacket. New York was fun. . .but freezing!

    How crazy is this building?