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Eight Days

On the surface, Eight Days is a road trip from Toronto to Chicago with a diverse characters and an unfortunate set of circumstances. Underneath the surface, it’s a story about judgement, racism, addiction, forgiveness, guilt, shame and feeling “haram”–an Arabic term that means forbidden or unwanted. For Sami (the 14-year-old main character) it’s about finding […]

The Words in my Hands

This is my first book review (well, actually it’s more of a recommendation) in over a year! And it comes with a bit of a warning: The Words in my Hands is Young Adult (recommended for 13 to 16-year-olds) and not Middle Grade, like most of the books on my website. It’s also dystopian and […]

One Year Later

I can’t believe it’s been a full year since I last posted an update. Here’s a pretty good summary of what the year’s been like: I’m grateful for the opportunity I had to work at Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre as a Knowledge Translation Coordinator. I learned tons and really enjoyed the people I […]

Time for Change

Six months ago I wrote a post were I confessed to almost giving up on my writing career. I’m very happy to say that I didn’t give up. But I did start looking at other employment opportunities. Since I live in a small, rural town I didn’t dare dream that I would find a job […]

The Whaler’s Daughter

Full disclosure: this wonderful book was written by my equally wonderful friend and writing partner, Jerry Mikorenda. There’s no way I can objectively review The Whaler’s Daughter so I’m not even going to try. The cover speaks for itself (isn’t it beautiful?) and Jerry’s writing skill shines from the very first page. Instead, here’s the […]

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