• Writing METAWARS for
    Reluctant Readers

    I was a very reluctant reader as an adolescent, so I wrote METAWARS to 'read like a video game' - to be as compelling and cinematic as the best films and games and appeal to reluctant readers like I used to be.

R.A. Montgomery Obit for FAcebook and others_obb_rb

Ray Got Me Reading

November 18, 2014
This weekend I learned with great sadness that Ray Montgomery (you may know him as R.A.Montgomery), founder and author of the Choose Your Own Adventure books passed away this week.  His publisher shared a full obituary, which you can (and should!) read here: http://www.cyoa.com, but I thought I’d share my experience with Ray…. Because Ray got me reading. I ...
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me and my "people"

On Tour

November 4, 2014
The one aspect of being a writer nobody prepared me is the solitary nature of the job – it’s just you, your imagination, and fictional characters. But every now and again, I get out from behind the writing desk (probably much to my editor’s annoyance…who’s waiting on a new book) and go from utter solitude to hyper socialising. The ...
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Zombie besties

Reading Your Fears

October 31, 2014
Halloween is a time to celebrate the scary and play with our fears. For one night, we can place aside our real fears (Ebola, climate change, school shootings, terrorism) and focus on ghosts, ghouls and zombies. But it’s only one night a year. What about the other three hundred and sixty four nights? Fortunately, we’ve got books. Unlike film ...
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Homecoming

October 3, 2014
Anyone who knows me knows that I love a good party. So when the good folks at Penguin Canada decided to bring ‘Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie’ into Canada, I naturally wanted to celebrate with my family, friends, and colleagues. This week at the Young People’s Theatre in Toronto, we introduced Adam Meltzer to the homeland. ...
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The Movie Maze

September 22, 2014
You’d have to be living under a rock, or perhaps deep underground or in a maze, not to know that THE MAZE RUNNER movie has just opened. The film, from Fox, based on James Dashner’s best-selling YA thriller, opened well this weekend in the U.S. and a sequel is in the works for next September. While there’s ...
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