Thursday, December 31, 2009


Dear Friends, Fans et al,

As 2009 draws to a close I always feel nostalgic and sad. So rather than give in to reminiscing about the past, I'm going to look forward to the new year and everything it brings.

I wish all of you peace, prosperity and the fulfilment of your dreams in 2010.

Happy New Year!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Reading/Signing at McNally Robinson

A *captive* audience :)

I've so lost practice writing with a pen...

Lies, Anne-Louise, Zenia, Aftab and Anne; good friends and family. What more could I ask for?

With Nicola and Kelly; the lovely ladies at McNally who organized the event. Thanks!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Hunchback Assignments: Art Slade at Runnymede Chapters

Had a great time this morning listening to Art Slade talk about the first novel in the Hunchback Assignment Series.
Learnt some cool stuff about the Victorian Age including Mr Thomas Crapper!
Thanks, Art :)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Piece by Piece: Stories about fitting into Canada

Hi Everyone,

Earlier this year I was approached by Teresa Toten, a wonderful YA author, to contribute a non-fiction piece for an anthology she was editing...a piece of me!

I agreed immediately!

This is the cover of the book, published by Penguin Canada, of fourteen Canadians' experiences about fitting into Canada. It has been twelve years since I immigrated and reminiscing about it made me realize how far I had come and how much I had learned along the way.

It is a pleasure to be able to share this journey with all of you.

Piece by Piece will be available in March 2010.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Reading and Signing at McNally Robinson on November 19, 2009 at 7 pm


Hope everyone had a great summer. I did!

Finished a draft of the last book in The Tara Trilogy and completed final edits for The Silver Anklet which will be released on December 12, 2009.

But for anyone who can't wait that long, I will be doing a reading and signing at McNally Robinson (The Shops at Don Mills) on November 19, 2009 at 7 pm. Join me for a sneak peek of what's coming up, as the adventure continues in The Silver Anklet.

Go here for more information.

See you soon!


Sunday, June 14, 2009


Rahul, Coby, and I at Woofstock today.
We had a great time but he had a blast...treats all morning!
Here he is with Great Danes; Jack and Jill.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Celebrating with the Kidcritters!

My favourite kind of evening; with friends and having fun!
Celebrating with kidcritters Helaine and Marina.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

With the Gals at Le Gourmand

Celebrated the Award with a few close friends at Le Gourmand. The food was super...the ambience, lovely... but the company, PRICELESS!

Anti-clockwise from the right : Anne-Louise, Anne, Lies and yours truly.

Thanks all! I had a wonderful evening and some warm memories to keep me going as I struggle through a draft of the next book :)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Tim, I and The Uninvited!

Heard Tim Wynne-Jones read from his latest YA novel "The Uninvited" at McNally Robinson this evening. It's a book that is hard to put down; the various plot strands draw you in, enmesh you, hold you there, and the only escape is to get right to the end -PDQ!
Another masterpiece by the Maestro!

And here's a picture of Tim, I and "The Uninvited" in the background...grrrrr!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A message for my Fans!

Dear Fans,

Last week was a rollercoaster of emotions that culminated in one of the most memorable days of my life; the day I won the Silver Birch Fiction Award!

THANK YOU to all who voted for me. It was all the more special because the votes came from the very audience this book was written for; and that means all of you!!!

Hope you'll enjoy "The Silver Anklet" just as much.

Here is that special moment captured for an eternity by Janet O'Sullivan. Thanks a ton, Janet.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Silver Birch Fiction Award 2009 for The Third Eye!!!

The Award...
With the wonderful team at Dundurn!

I can't stop smiling...

With Katy Harrison of the Forest of Reading Committee.

Friday, May 8, 2009

The Silver Anklet!

For those enthusiastic fans who've asked about the sequel; it is slated for release in November 2009.

You can pre-order on Amazon

Here's a sneak preview;

What if the only way to get rid of your worst enemy was to sacrifice your brother?
When hyenas snatch Tara's brother, Suraj, and two other children from the local fair in Morni, Tara and her newfound companions decide to rescue them on their own. Tara soon discovers that Zarku, her nemesis with the third eye, is back and intent on revenge.
A deadly game of hide and seek ensues, and Tara and her companions must work together to survive. But it is soon clear that Zarku is only after Tara; the others are dispensable.
Should Tara risk the lives of her friends? Or can she once again defeat Zarku and save her brother, armed only with belief in herself and a silver anklet?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Enthusiastic Students at Hewson P.S.

A memento of the wonderful time I had with the students of Hewson P.S.
You all were awesome :)
For more pictures please go to my website (in a few days...)

Monday, February 2, 2009

OLA 2009 and Kidcritter's Dinner

A fun day at OLA 2009 with stimulating conversation, great presentations, plenty of hugs and a great meal to end the day.

From left to right are: Natalie Hyde, Marina Cohen, Marsha Skrypuch, Marisa Zammit, Helene Boudreau, Martha Martin, Karen Bass, Deborah Kerbil and yours truly.

Thanks for the great picture Helene and here's raising a glass to happy memories and an awesome group of writers!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I've been AWOL and I'm sorry...

First of all...HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I know...I has been almost three months since my last post. But I do have a good reason; the sequel to "The Third Eye" is now finished. At least the seventh draft is. Now let's see what the editor has to say.

In the meantime, check out this link sent by my good friend Martha Martin.

For those participating in the Silver Birch program, feel free to write to me with any questions you may have. The best ones will be go right here, in the next post!

My e-mail address is:

Read and Dream.