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I grew up on the icy plains of Manitoba, where I spent most of my teenage years reading comics and training in tae kwon do.
After moving to Vancouver, I've worked in bookstores and held writing workshops for kids and adults. Now, I work as a writer in residence and library consultant at an elementary school in Vancouver.
When I'm not writing books, I'm either practicing tae kwon do or going on hikes with my shih tzu, Conan.


Average rating: 3.49 · 91 ratings · 14 reviews · 5 distinct works · Similar authors
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Had Jonathan Dalton speak to my class about graphic novels. My class came up with this character, a peg-legged ex-dragon slayer now turned soybean farmer who farms with a spork/shovel. (Sporkvel?)

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Read this book once on my own when I worked in a bookstore (product knowledge,) and then a second time as a writer-in-residence to a class of grade 3s. The grade 3s loved the story, and halfway through the book were already asking if we could read bo ...more
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I read this book with my grade 2s and 3s. They had so much fun with the narrative, that they'd go home and retell as best they could what happened in the story. Often parents would come to the library and ask me what the book was that I was reading. ...more
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Charles Finch
“To me, the single biggest mark of the amateur writer is a sense of hurry.

Hurry to finish a manuscript, hurry to edit it, hurry to publish it. It’s definitely possible to write a book in a month, leave it unedited, and watch it go off into the world and be declared a masterpiece. It happens every fifty years or so.

For the rest of us, the single greatest ally we have is time. There’s no page of prose in existence that its author can’t improve after it’s been in a drawer for a week. The same is true on the macro level – every time I finish a story or a book, I try to put it away and forget it for as long as I can. When I return, its problems are often so obvious and easy to fix that I’m amazed I ever struggled with them.

Amateur writers are usually desperate to be published, as soon as possible. And I understand that feeling – you just want it to start, your career, your next book, whatever. But I wonder how many self-published novels might have had a chance at getting bought, and finding more readers, if their authors had a bit more patience with them?”
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Harlequin Books Hello James, it is a pleasure to meet you.


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