Frequently Asked Questions

Are Offside and One on One supposed to be sequels?

No, but in a funny way, they are related. While writing Offside, I created a goalie who was a minor character. However, he was such a vibrant character that every time he came into a scene, he threatened to take it over. So, I eventually had to write him out of the story. Eventually, I decided he deserved his own story, and that’s how One on One came to be.

Are you a hockey player?

I never actually played hockey, although I spent a lot of time at arenas figure skating and cheering on my brother who was a hockey player. But I’ve always enjoyed the game and my favourite NHL team is the Calgary Flames.

Are the events in your time travel disasters actually true?

Obviously, the time travel element of the books is fictional, but the events associated with the disasters are as historically accurate as I can make them, based on my research. These historical events are fascinating tales.

Do you give workshops for students and teachers?

Do you give workshops for students and teachers?

All the time! Detailed information about writing workshops and teacher inservices, as well as author visits can be found on the website.

How long does it take you to write a novel?

Normally, it takes me approximately two years to write a novel. Sometimes the planning and research can take a good six months and the revision process usually takes about a year.

I heard that the only survivor of the Frank Slide was a baby. Is that true?

No. There were approximately 100 people in the path of the slide; 70 of those people died, but 30 survived. One of the survivors was a baby whom was thrown from her crib and landed unharmed on a hay bale from a nearby stable.

Where can I get your books?

My books are available at local bookstores, or from Amazon or Chapters. Class sets can be ordered from Ronsdale Press.

Where do your characters come from?

My characters come from so many different sources – kids I meet, my imagination, people I know. In my historical novels, the characters are usually composite characters – combinations of the people I’ve come to know in my research. I intentionally don’t use “real” people from the past, as I would hate to misrepresent them in any way.

Why did you decide to write about the Crowsnest Pass in Shadows of Disaster?

As a young girl, I spent most of my summers at my grandparents’ place in the Crowsnest Pass, in the shadow of Frank Slide. I was always fascinated by the slide and loved to climb on the rocks. But I was always fascinated by two things. First, why were the rocks in the slide so enormous? And secondly, how did anybody living in the path of the slide survive? So, I decided to write a story about the Frank Slide and answer those two questions in the process. By the way, there are two questions and just one answer.