Inspired by Japan, a bakery and a lucky cat

9781554693962

Guest Post by Jacqueline Pearce My new chapter book, Mystery of the Missing Luck , is fresh out of the oven (so to speak). It’s about the relationship between a young girl, Sara, and her grandmother, Obaachan, and what happens when Maneki Neko, the lucky cat statue goes missing from the grandmother’s Japanese bakery. Ten years ago, if you’d told me I was going to write three books with a connection to Japan, I would have been surprised. My interest in Japan and Japanese culture came about somewhat by accident. It started when I was a university […]






Continue Reading

Planning a Book Launch, Part 4: Be Flexible!

Erin Thomas launched her first Orca title, Boarder Patrol, on Saturday, May 15 at Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge, Ontario. All this week, she is sharing tips for planning a fantastic book launch. Yesterday she discussed the importance of knowing your crowd and supporting  local businesses. This is Part 4. Last weekend I celebrated the launch of Boarder Patrol, my first book with Orca. The launch was a success, despite a few twists in the planning process. More than fifty people filled the bookstore and bought or ordered seventy-some books. We had too much food, not enough books, and lots […]






Continue Reading

Planning a Book Launch, Part 3: Know Your Venue, Know Your Crowd

Uxbridge Cosmos

Erin Thomas launched her first Orca title, Boarder Patrol, on Saturday, May 15 at Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge, Ontario. All this week, she is sharing tips for planning a fantastic book launch. Yesterday she described the process of getting the word out. This is Part 3. Last weekend I celebrated the launch of Boarder Patrol, my first book with Orca. The launch was a success, despite a few twists in the planning process. More than fifty people filled the bookstore and bought or ordered seventy-some books. We had too much food, not enough books, and […]






Continue Reading

Planning a Book Launch, Part 2: Get the Word Out

9781554692941

Erin Thomas launched her first Orca title, Boarder Patrol, on Saturday, May 15 at Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge, Ontario. All this week, she is sharing tips for planning a book launch. Yesterday she described the process of finding the right venue. This is Part 2. Last weekend I celebrated the launch of Boarder Patrol, my first book with Orca. The launch was a success, despite a few twists in the planning process. More than fifty people filled the bookstore and bought or ordered seventy-some books. We had too much food, not enough books, and lots of fun. Here’s […]






Continue Reading

Planning a Book Launch, Part 1: Find the Right Place

boarderpatrol

Erin Thomas launched her first Orca title, Boarder Patrol, on Saturday, May 15 at Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge, Ontario. All this week, she is sharing tips for planning a fantastic book launch. This is Part 1. Last weekend I celebrated the launch of Boarder Patrol, my first book with Orca. The launch was a success, despite a few twists in the planning process. More than fifty people filled the bookstore and bought or ordered seventy-some books. We had too much food, not enough books, and lots of fun. Here’s what I learned. The Right Place Finding the […]






Continue Reading

Dog, Notebook and Doodles

Written anything good yet? I’ve been sitting on my bed with my dog and my usual three ring notebook. A notebook? The paper kind? Yup, I know it’s old fashioned, archaic, out of touch and backward. But I always start my writing with a notebook because I haven’t figured out how to doodle on my computer yet. I need to doodle! How can I think without doodling? Sometimes I doodle with a purpose, like when I’m trying to figure out what a three-headed monster costume should look like for a book I’m writing. Okay, this isn’t […]






Continue Reading