Why are books oblong?

I love books. For what they say and how they say it, of course, and also for their physicality, their heft, their smell (surely others than myself smell a book before they buy it?), for the font and the all-important cover. I’ve even been told that overloaded...

Beginner’s Mind

Writing this novel felt like going back to Beginner’s Mind, as though I’d never written a novel before. While it started as Young Adult, I soon realized I wanted to write a book for not-so-young-adults, to write without feeling any constrictions. And while I could...

Why a novel set in medieval times?

So why did I embark on a novel set in medieval times? By late 2013, although I’d thoroughly enjoyed writing all five books for young people, I felt I was in danger of falling into a literary rut: four books set in Newfoundland, bullying either the main theme or an...