Things that inspire me to write #70: Stephanie Meyer

An agent once told me that most authors don’t get published till their third manuscript. On a blog I was reading the other day, it was four. Now, considering my first manuscript took me about five years to write that would mean, according to this rule of thumb, I can expect to see my name […]

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Things that inspire me to write #74: Dear Teen Me

Adolescence—it is a brutal stage of life filled with anxiety and doubt but wonderful highs I could probably only achieve these days with illegal drugs. And it’s for that reason that I am always drawn to that period of life as the setting for my manuscripts. And what better way to truly connect to that […]

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Things that inspire me to write #78: Carrie Mac

At a writer’s event I attended last summer, a celebration of Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature of Art, I had the good fortune of meeting Carrie Mac–author of numerous award winning YA novels including The Gryphon Project. While we exchanged only a few words what really stuck with my afterwards was the fact that Carrie arrived at the […]

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Things that inspire me to write #79: Tree Island Yogurt

  I received an invitation to buy yogurt today and it made me smile–and not because I have a hankering for dairy. Several years ago one of my best friends moved from Vancouver to pursue her and her husband’s dream of  starting their own yogurt brand–Tree Island Yogurt. It’s been a long and difficult haul for them both–but Scott and […]

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Things that inspire me to write #82: The Breakfast Club

Melodramatic, sex-centred brain candy with protagonists that spend way too much time on their hair. Whether in movies or novels, teen pop culture can get a bad rap. And sure, while there may be several dozen (or more) Clueless rip offs out there that doesn’t mean they are the definer of all that it means to be a […]

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Things that inspire me to write #89: Susan Juby

  A couple summers ago I took a writing class with Susan Juby, author of the HILARIOUS teen fiction series, Alice I think.  I have always admired Susan’s work and was very excited to have her teach me the trade for 5 whole days. However, as much as I enjoyed learning dialogue tricks and plot tightening […]

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Things that inspire me to write #93: Chapters Bookstore

There is nothing that makes me want to churn out story magic than surrounding myself in a wall of freshly minted YA covers on a dark and rainy Vancouver night. Like the triple chocolate brownies and oat fudge bars displayed behind glass in the downstairs Starbucks, all those shiny images and flashy titles ignite my appetite to write. […]

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Things that inspire me to write #94: My fifteen year-old diary

I filled a lot of scruffy looking notebooks like this one with observations and thoughts on life throughout my teenage years–such as this one from my second trip to Japan at 17. And yes, the pack-rat that I am I still have most of them. A few months ago I hauled them out of my storage unit […]

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Things that inspire me to write #97: Running

My legs are pumping, my feet are pounding and my heart is dancing in my chest like one of those dapper kids at the Robson square swing night. I don’t know exactly why or how–maybe it’s the faster than usual movement of blood or the sudden uptake of oxygen I can always think much clearer […]

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Things that inspire me to write #98: How I live now

We have all read books that changed our lives, and for me one of those was Meg Rosoff’s How I live now, which made me first realize that there was more to Young Adult fiction than Sweet Valley High–and that I might just want to contribute to it. Yes, it is that excellent. Even now, several years later, […]

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