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    Caspertina Passala is 103 years old and sleepy, and her granddaughter has sold her pots. Olivero Russo is about to retire and, passing by, has bought them. When he bakes bread in the pots and eats it, Olivero Russo is transported to his forgotten past. He doesn’t know that Caspertina Passala has jolted awake and is also experiencing moments from long ago—and a mysterious, life-altering bond and journey begins . . .
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  • BOOKS

    Growing up is hard when your mentor is just a phantom . . .

     

    Eleven-year-old Atlas is in a hurry to grow up. He wants to be strong and a gentleman, just like his hero, hockey legend Tim Horton. But most of the time he feels confused. What is puberty? Is he starting to be afflicted with it? How do you talk to girls? And how can he protect his too-trusting younger brother? Valentine’s Day, science class, hockey—everything seems perilous these days!

     

    He really needs some fatherly advice. But his dad died three years ago, and anyway, Atlas is sure he’d have been no help at all. His father is definitely not a hero. Who can he turn to?

     

    Then, one day, the ghost of Tim Horton appears to him in the mirror . . .

    QUANDARIES BOOK ONE

     

    The secret to Felicity's success is - well, highly secret. And possibly illegal. But it's not hurting anyone, and it's made her a famous and adored TV producer.

     

    Until, that is, a psychic archaeologist, a boutique spy, and a revenge artist come calling. Not to mention a horrible undercover matchmaker! And that's just the start.

     

    Now the whole thing is pointing toward her beloved Uncle Obie and maybe even putting him in danger.

     

    And then it gets really complicated . . .

    QUANDARIES BOOK TWO

     

    A financial crisis. A fractious family. A mysterious box falls into the middle of it—straight from the sky onto Ċensa. Now she’s got horrible headaches, and it’s not just from the blow to the head.

     

    The box might be very valuable, it might be a historical treasure—and definitely, everyone wants it! While the family home crumbles, relationships are strained by robbery, spiritual misfortune, and revenge; and she can’t stand to even think about the complications with her boyfriend.

     

    Meanwhile, Ċensa discovers a secret inside the box that could make her a successful artist and solve her financial problems—but at a steep price. And life will never be the same . . .

    BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS

     

    Annika is unhappy when her parents decide to move to Enoch; but when they get there, she finds it worse than she'd feared. Her new school, Tower School, doesn't have a tower and it's ugly and thoroughly dull. The only thing she likes about it is the old bell out front, cemented onto a pedestal.

     

    Then Annika discovers something scary about the bell. She doesn't dare tell anyone her secret - no one would believe her. But something has to be done, otherwise Enoch will never be happy again!

     

    What Annika must do will take courage, help, and a lot of imagination.

  • EXPLORATIONS

    Moments from wherever I am in the world that inspire my writing...

  • BANTER

    Writing, reading, travelling; writing, reading, travelling . . .

    A question authors are often asked about their novels—after “What’s it about?” is: “What other books is it like?” Of course, every book is different, and every author is unique; but this is a good question for readers. I know, for example, that if a book is like Cooking with Fernet Branca,...
    This month, I'd like to introduce to you The Berenice Bell, a junior fiction novel that I published in 2020 and a great summer read for middle graders. Though the book came out last year, it was actually born 20 years ago. Let me tell you the story: once upon a time, long ago, and far, far away ....
    April 30, 2021
    April begins with fools, as we know, because we’ve all been pranked on April 1st; but did you know it ends with honesty? That’s right, April 30th is Honesty Day. I always wonder: Who sets these special days? That would be a cool job. Whoever’s responsible, Honesty Day is a good one. It’s meant to...
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  • A BIT ABOUT ME

    When not writing, I travel a lot with my work and relish exploring cultures and languages. I also drink a lot of coffee.

    A while ago, I gave up my apartment and all my possessions in Canada - I was seeing them infrequently anyway - so for some years, it was just me, my suitcase, and the wide world! With COVID-19, I returned to Canada. Now I explore in my new city, Montréal.

     

    I've been privileged to work in the humanitarian sector all around the globe with amazing people from whom I've learned so much.

     

    My writing is inspired by my experiences all across Canada and around the world, and by questions about the human condition. We humans are endlessly wonderful, puzzling, and compelling, and through my writing, I try to understand us better.

     

    I'm mom of one wholly incredible daughter who's an outdoor adventure guide and is probably right now guiding people somewhere through the wilderness.

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