One year ago today Indigo Barrhaven hosted me for the book launch of Peanut Butter & Dragon!

What a year it has been exciting hearts, inspiring minds, and celebrating the creativity of those around me both young and young at heart!

The support of Chapters/Indigo has been paramount to my success with no less than 16 in-store visits this past year including 2 different book launches!

One of my favourite things about my author life is storytelling. Having a chance to be theatrical and ridiculous, using silly voices and making goofy sounds to create an entertaining reading connection with children is a priceless experience! That’s why I launched one ReadAThon at Manotick Public School and celebrated two other schools’ ReadAThons.

Those were just three of my over 20 school author reading visits (that really only started in earnest last November). I really have found that I like the full school assembly readings I’ve been lucky enough to perform. They remind me of being on stage in my University theatre days!

I’ve showcased Peanut Butter & Dragon and Splash, Fin, Toothy Grin! as well as my Start A Story Young Writers Workshop at a Christmas craft fair, during Kidsfest at the EY Centre, and for some 2000 elementary teachers at their annual ETFO conference at the Shaw Centre.

The Ottawa Carleton District School Board and its faculty embraced my Start A Story Young Writers Workshop, with more than 15 new stories created by children as young as four years old! They weren’t the only ones catching the writing bug! The Third Ottawa Beaver Scouts and 12th Ottawa Girl Guides experienced the story building adventure too!

Still to come are my visits to the Ottawa Public Library who have hired me on to perform Start A Story at multiple locations as part of their TD Summer Reading Club through July and August! Registration begins June 13th!

Then of course there are the keen teachers who have already booked me for October Start A Story visits to their class rooms!

Last but not least are the media outlets like CTV, CBC Radio One, and Rogers Cable 22 that have allowed me on air to help promote getting kids from kindergarten to grade 5 to love stories and to embrace their own creativity!

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My producer team at Rogers TV is hard at work in the editing room getting the new children’s television show, Start A Story on Rogers, ready to air in September!

Now the hunt is on for an agent and a publisher! There’s only so much I can do as an independent! Quite frankly, I’ve surprised myself with what has already transpired! Life is very surreal at the moment. It’s a wonderful feeling!

I can’t wait to share what comes next!

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