All posts in Blog

  • How “Truth and Movies” brought me back to the wonders of film

    There is a well-known fairy tale here in Japan about a boy named Urashima Taro. In the story, Taro travels under the sea to visit the Dragon […]

  • “Run For Your Life” Selected by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre

    Recently, I received some wonderful news about Run for Your Life (2017): the Canadian Children’s Book Centre have chosen the novel as a starred selection! Along with including Run for […]

  • “Run for Your Life” Hits Bookstore Shelves!

    I am thrilled to announce that Run for Your Life, my sixth novel for Canadian publishers Lorimer & Co., was published on August 1, 2017. The book is […]

  • There’s No Place Like Home – Author Visits in Rossland, BC

    No matter how far we go, no matter how old we get, our schools stay with us. For better and for worse. All of my novels contain […]

  • “Meet the World” Event in Odaiba (Tokyo)

    Recently, I was privileged to be invited to be a guest speaker at Meet the World, a unique series of events hosted by the Minato Ward office […]

  • 2016 Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) – Country of Focus: Japan

    This year’s Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) was particularly special for me, as the Country of Focus was the place where I have lived and worked […]

  • Translator Alexander O Smith Returns to Yokohama International School

    On Tuesday, March 15th, our Grade 11 class at Yokohama International School was lucky enough to spend 90 minutes with Japanese-to-English translator Alexander O. Smith. This was Alex’s […]

  • Author Visit – Xi’an Hanova International School

    I was lucky enough to be invited to visit Xi’an Hanova International School in central China for a two-day author visit in late March. This was actually my second […]

  • Japan Writers Conference 2014 – Iwate University (Morioka) – Oct 25-26

    The Japan Writers Conference (JWC) is a unique event for writers, poets, translators and publishers who live in Japan but work (for the most part) in English. Held […]

  • “Bench Brawl” and Other Lorimer Titles Available for Preview on NetGalley

    My publisher has recently announced an exciting opportunity for librarians via the online program NetGalley. Through applying to this free service, librarians can gain access to full digital […]