Yolanda Ridge

Children's Author

Heaven in Paved with Oreos

With a new job doing freelance writing for our local paper (Rossland News) I haven’t had much time to do book reviews, but I did get the opportunity to interview Catherine Murdock about her new book, Heaven is Paved with Oreos.

Check out my Mixed-Up Files interview and enter to win a copy of the book which features D.J. Swank of the amazing Dairy Queen Trilogy.


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Xmas in July

Photo on 2013-07-18 at 07.41Yes, you read that right!   Xmas in July!

And I’m celebrating because Ruth Lauren Steven picked my entry!

Which means that my query and the first 500 words of Inside Hudson Pickle has been posted here, along with fifteen other winners (thirty, including those chosen by fellow blogger Michelle Krys), for agent perusal.

Photo on 2013-07-18 at 07.44And there are sixteen AMAZING agents who have agreed to participate this year. So please, cross your fingers for me… I would love, love, love to work with any one of these agents.  And it all starts by WOWing them with my entry – enough for them to request the full manuscript.

Photo on 2013-07-17 at 15.39Inside Hudson Pickle has been my labour of love for the last two years – thanks in part to a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.  I would be thrilled to find a home for Hudson (and me), so please keep those fingers crossed!

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The Walking Read

This Friday CWILL BC (Children’s Writers and Illustrator of BC) is hosting The Walking Read, a costume benefitting the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.   Both these organizations are close to my heart as both have provided me with a community of caring people during times of need.

When Oliver and Spencer were born, they were in the care of BC Children’s Hospital for six months.  Every day I am grateful for the care they received from all the talented people who work there.  And now as a Children’s Author and member of CWILL BC, I am trying to do a little bit to give back.

Because The Walking Read is taking place in the lower mainland on June 14, 2013 (in the middle of my KLF book tour and all the craziness that the end of the school year entails) I will not be attending.  I will, however, be bidding on the on-line auction and encourage you to check it out too.   Because I have been responsible for sending letters to the donors, I know how many great things are up for grabs!!

More details about the event are available through the CWILL BC blog and the Georgia Straight.  My thanks to all the many talented people who have organized this event, most notably the amazing and  unstoppable Shar Levine.  I appreciate all her hard work more than I can say and I feel lucky to have been a (small) part of putting this event together!

Now – go bid!  The on-line auction closes at noon on June 13th.  Or better yet – go buy a ticket!  You’ll be supporting the BC Children’s Hospital and celebrating the 20th anniversary of CWILL BC, two truly amazing organizations.

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Save the Trees with Straw Paper Books


The words of two beloved Canadian authors, Yann Martel and Alice Munro, have been now printed on straw.  Read more about it in the Globe and Mail or through Canopy - the environmental group  who collaborated with Random House to print collectors’ editions of Dear Life and Life of Pi on paper made from straw.   How cool is that?

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Advice from E.B. Lewis

This advice, from “aritstrator” E.B. Lewis, is too good not to share.

Thank you, Shelia Cornelison.  I’m off to enjoy some writing time… Happy Friday!

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Team Diabetes

I am happy to be supporting author Sheri Radford in her fundraising efforts for Team Diabetes.  Go Sheri!  For more information, check out her website.

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