• 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.


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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Independence Day

September 18, 2014
I vividly recall the last Quebec referendum that threatened to tear Canada apart. It was 1995, I was in high school, and all the history and geography I’d been studying was about to be thrown out of the window with the cast of the ballot. Now, years later, living in the UK (London), I’m stuck by ...
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Celebrating Excellence

September 8, 2014
This weekend I attended the Moreton On Marsh Show, an annual agricultural fair in the gorgeous Cotswolds. It was my fifth time attending.  For anyone with young children (or an interest in rural life), it’s simply a grand day out.  But beyond the sheer entertainment value, it’s a vital aspect to our food supply, and a ...
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The Long Road

September 4, 2014
Tomorrow marks the end of a long road! It’s been over seven years to bring a book I love to the screen, but on September 6th (at 4 pm), Trucktown debuts on preschool channel Treehouse in Canada, and will soon be rolling out all over the world. At the Bologna Book Fair in 2007, I was shown the rough ...
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A portrait of Adam and the bee that killed him!

My First Edinburgh

August 26, 2014
Today I made the pilgrimage to the annual August mecca of literature, the Edinburgh Book Festival.  Today was a very special part of the festival, the Baillie Gifford Gala Day, when the kids take over! I arrived to sunny skies, which I was (contractually) assured was the norm for Scotland.   I made my way into the grounds, buzzing ...
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