Hi there, friends and readers! 2017 is shaping up to be a really exciting year, so I thought an update was in order.
A few months ago, after a long search, I signed on with an agent, the fabulous Eric Smith at P.S. Literary. I'm so excited about this partnership - not only is Eric a fantastic guy and a successful novelist himself (check out his YA series Inked), but he's passionate about publishing, and a fierce advocate for diverse books and authors. I'm so lucky to be working with him, and thrilled to see where this adventure takes us!
While I have a few projects in the works that I can't mention just yet (including my first co-written novel - stay tuned!) there are a couple of books on the horizon that I'm allowed to tell you about. In September, Orca Book Publishers will release Pop Quiz, my third instalment in Orca's popular "Limelights" series of middle grade novels geared towards kids and young teens who are into the performing arts. My two previous Limelights novels, Totally Unrelated and Big Time were Junior Library Guild Selections, and Big Time had four foreign language sales (my first!) so I'm excited for Pop Quiz to arrive on the scene!
I'm also excited to finally be able to announce my first picture book! In October of 2018, Nimbus Publishing will release A Giant Man from a Tiny Town, which tells the story of Angus MacAskill, the Cape Breton Giant. Giant MacAskill was born in the Scottish Hebrides in 1825 and emigrated to Canada with his family when he was just a boy. They settled in St. Ann's, on beautiful Cape Breton Island, and by the time Angus was 14, he had started to grow, soon surpassing the size of his peers. By the time he'd finished growing, Angus was a whopping 7' 9" tall! As a young man, he left Cape Breton to find his fortune and soon joined up with Barnum and Bailey's circus. MacAskill traveled the world with the circus, but eventually the lure of his Cape Breton home proved too much for him. While still a young man, he returned to St. Ann's, where he lived out the rest of his days. It's a story that resonates with many Cape Bretoners (myself included) as well as anyone who longs to return to the place they call home.
I'm particularly thrilled that the incredible Christopher Hoyt, illustrator and multimedia artist extraordinaire, has signed on to illustrate the book. I've admired Chris's work for a long time, and he's honestly the perfect fit. Here's a sneak peek from a meeting we had recently, where Chris showed me thumbnails of some of his fantastic ideas for the book. His concepts seriously blew me away. It's going to be beautiful!
I'll have more news to share in the coming weeks. For now, I hope you've all got a great book to help you ride out the last weeks of winter. It'll be over soon, I promise!