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I’ve just found out that my middle-grade novel, Dancing on the Inside has won honorable mention in the 2013 IndieFab Awards.

Established by Forward Reviews, which is a magazine dedicated to discovering indie books, the IndieFab awards are chosen by a select group of 100 librarians and booksellers. The criteria for judging are…

“…editorial excellence, professional production, originality of the narrative, author credentials relative to the book, and the value the title adds to its genre.”

By “indie books,” Forward means all books not published by the big five. The term includes university presses, privately owned presses, literary presses, and self-publishers.

The winners were then announced on June 27, 2014 at the 2014 American Library Association Annual Conference.

This makes the third award for Dancing on the Inside, which is very gratifying


Dancing on the Inside


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For anyone in the Kingston, Ontario area, on April 2 I will be presenting a workshop called “Creating Story Ideas When Your Muse Won’t Cooperate” as part of the Open Studio Series at Queen’s University’s Faculty of Education. Here are the details:

Tuesday, April 2nd, 6 pm-8 pm
$20 Registration fee
So you want to write fiction, but have a hard time coming up with
ideas? No problem! This workshop will enable participants to
develop easy methods for generating an unlimited supply of
original ideas that can be used as the basis of a short story, novel,
play, screenplay, or comic book. Teachers can also use these
methods effectively in their classrooms to help students invent
stories. Materials are included in registration fee.Open Studio Line Up 2013

To register for a workshop, please e-mail open_studio@hotmail.com
For more information, please see educ.queensu.ca/events/openstudio

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Independent Publishing Book Award

Yesterday, it was announced that my middle-grade novel for girls, Dancing on the Inside has received the Gold Medal in the juvenile fiction category in this year’s Independent Publishing Book Awards contest.

Naturally, I am extremely pleased and honoured. The book tells the story of a young girl who must overcome (or work around) extreme social anxiety in order to pursue her dream of learning to dance ballet. Along the way, she discovers the power of friendship as well as her own unique talent. It is my hope that it will inspire girls to achieve their dreams despite apparent obstacles.

The IPPY contest involved some 2,000 authors competing in 75 categories. You can read the full list of winners at … Independent Publisher Book Awards


Dancing on the Inside is available from major retailers such as the following…

As an eBook from  Kindle or Kobo.

In all formats, including paperback, from…

Barnes and Noble


Amazon.ca (Canada)

Amazon.co.uk (UK)

Chapters-Indigo (Canada)

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Today, I am making a guest appearance on the blog, Hollywood Daze, with my article that gives 4 reasons why writers should consider doing community theatre.  Here’s a brief excerpt…

     These days I think of myself as a writer. Commercial writing has been my main source of income for the past decade. I have co-authored two non-fiction books, one of which was a bestseller, and most recently I published a children’s novel, Dancing on the Inside.
     However, there was a time in my life when my primary interest in life was the theatre. I won’t bore you with the reasons I did not become a world famous actor or director (and there are several good reasons for that). However, as a young man I performed in a lot of plays – in community theater, university theater, and professional non-union companies. I also directed a few plays and spent a brief time in theater school. Overall, I managed to do around seven productions a year over the course of roughly fifteen years. So that’s over 100 shows under my belt.
     Looking back on that period, I have sometimes felt that I had made a huge detour in my life. Maybe I should have spent all those evenings and weekends writing instead of rehearsing and acting in shows. Maybe my writing career would be a lot further along by now and I’d have finished more some more books.
On the other hand, I feel that the time I spent treading the boards has helped my writing in several ways.
To read the read of this article, visit… Hollywood Daze

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OK, I admit I was taking a bit of a risk being tongue-in-cheek in this interview at the online magazine, Blogcritics, (the latest stop on my blog tour) but after doing several interviews this month I felt it was time to start taking a few more risks. Here’s an except to show you what I mean…

What is a book that you wish you could say that you had written and why?

I’d like to say the Bible, because the royalties would be phenomenal and I could go around telling everyone who has an opinion on it that they’re wrong. But that might get me into trouble. So instead, I’ll say Plato’s dialogues, because they are the foundation of Western philosophy and civilization.

What is the greatest piece of advice (for writing and/or just living) that you have heard?

When I was a young man, a friend of mine had a poster that said “A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are made for.” I have no idea who wrote it, but I have always loved it.

To read more of this interview, and see a ton of other great articles, reviews, and information on books, movies, current events and more, visit…


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The Library of Clean Reads is a blog hailing from Montreal that identifies books for kids and young adults that are free of sex, violence, and profanity.

No surprise, Laura, who writes the blog, gave  Dancing on the Inside a clean bill of health.

In addition, she posted a tough but fair review. Here’s a snippet…

“This is the perfect story for girls who love ballet and want to pursue a career in this art, as well as any young girl suffering from extreme shyness. This was a new theme for us and it added an interesting perspective to the story. And we loved the book cover. It captured the essence of Jenny perfectly.”

You can read the rest (and discover more clean reads) by visiting the blog …

Library of Clean Reads

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Today, Dancing on the Inside is being reviewed at Minding Spot, a blog featuring products of interest to mothers and their children. The site features a lot of giveaways and interesting products, so after you’ve read the stuff about me it’s worth checking out the rest of the blog.

Here’s a brief taste of the interview…

I confess I started writing stories when I was 11 years old and too shy to have a life. Back then, I mostly read science fiction and comic books and those were the kind of stories I came up with.

“Probably one of the most profound experiences I had as a kid was a summer arts camp run out of a local church basement. We were encouraged to express ourselves freely, and it was just what I needed.”

And here’s the link to click on for everything else…

Minding Spot

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