Author: janlcoates

I'm a Nova Scotia children's author, with six published picture books and six middle grade novels - so far! I'm also an illustrator creating soul smiles greeting cards.

Summer!

WordPress recently reconfigured everything, (grrr….) so please bear with me as I try to figure out how to make my posts look okay. Lots going on this summer, including selling our lakefront cottage of 19 years – both our Ontario kids and partners are expecting their first babies, so we know we’ll be spending our…

Stephen King ON WRITING – a synopsis

I finally got around to reading ON WRITING: A MEMOIR OF THE CRAFT, Stephen King’s book that every writer should read. Since he reportedly earned 17 million last year, he must know a few things about writing. Plus there are over 350 million copies of his dozens of books in existence. He has such an…

Annick Press

I attended an excellent webinar put on by CANSCAIP (Canadian Society for Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers) last night. It was moderated by author Natasha Deen, who had wonderful questions for Katie Hearn, Editorial Director at Annick Press, and Gayna Theophilus, Rights and Sales Director for Annick. They had excellent, in-depth and thoughtful answers, and…

Main Street Melancholy

1960s small-town life When I was a kid in 1960s small-town Nova Scotia, going “uptown” was a big deal. Oh, the wonders to be seen at Woolworth’s, the hardware store and the Metropolitan store in those simpler times! Tanks full of innocent goldfish, waiting to be bagged up and taken home to a guaranteed short…

Endless mask-making

Masks for the Food Bank Demand is great, and I’ve now made over 3,000 masks,including these lovely sea-inspired ones worn by my writing retreat pals, raising thousands of dollars for local food banks and school backpack programs. The latter (facilitated by the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Wolfville)  is even more important now that…

Important Books in my Life

I’ve been having fun thinking of seven books that have been influential in my life, yet another Face Book tagging game. I’m sure there could have been others, but these are the ones that came to my mind first. the book I re-read at least once a year, while occasionally wishing I was Kate DiCamillo…