• Being a Reluctant Reader

    I was a very reluctant reader when I was young, so I write books to be as compelling and cinematic as the best films and video games, to turn reluctant readers into lifelong ones.

On stage at the Sharjah Festival

Sharjah Reading Festival

April 27, 2016
I’m writing this from Sharjah, UAE, where I’ve been invited to speak and participate in the annual Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival. I must admit, I had no idea what to expect, but even my highest expectations have been surpassed. This festival is for the people, to inspire and encourage families and children to read. I was lucky ...
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Keeping The Beat

April 12, 2016
With London Book Fair kicking off today, I’m thrilled to share some very exciting news…. The book (which in the UK is) known as DRUMMER GIRL… …will now be published in the U.S. & Canada by a brand new YA imprint called KCP Loft with a snappy new title: KEEPING THE BEAT KCP Loft is the brand new young adult ...
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Pop Jammin’

March 16, 2016
Who needs a new social network? I don’t know about you, but between twitter, Facebook, instagram, and YouTube (confession: I’m not on snap chat), I feel a bit too social. So I was initially reluctant when the good folks at Super Awesome purchased the Pop Jam app and invited me to become a “channel.” But I’m a convert! Pop ...
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In the Wild

March 15, 2016
Years ago, as a young brand builder at Procter & Gamble, I was part of the team that launched Febreze, and led the launch in Canada. I worked tirelessly for months, bringing a core (and then ever expanding) team of like-minded people together to get this new-to-the-world product category to market. The night before “SOS” (start ...
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Learning from Pixar…from the Inside Out

March 7, 2016
(note: the following post was originally published on LinkedIn on February 29th, 2016) Watching Pixar take home the Oscar for Best Animated Film reminded me that we all have loads to learn from Pixar Animation Studios. Much has been written and celebrated about their creative process, including in Ed Catmull’s must-read book (‘Creativity Inc.’), but I thought ...
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