ANNE MURRAY AND ME!

Anne signing

Like a lot of girls growing up in 1960s Nova Scotia, I idolized Anne Murray and admired her effortless, pure singing voice. The idea that a young woman who grew up just down the highway from me could become an international singing sensation boggled my mind. I’ve always liked to sing and I could sing along to a lot of Anne’s songs, but I was crazy-shy and had no aspirations about following in her footsteps. But when I set out to write The Power of Harmony, about a girl who does want to be a famous singer, I had to include Anne. And I did, including setting the story in her coal-mining hometown of Springhill, NS.

After the book came out in 2013, I mailed Anne a copy, and she responded by email, thanking me. She also tweeted about the book during Canadian Children’s Book Week in 2015, reaffirming my belief in her being a down-home, thoughtful, genuine person, despite her fame.Anne July 30, 2016

Finally this weekend, I got to meet Anne, at her annual meet-and-greet at the Anne Murray Centre in Springhill. By the time Shannon and I arrived, she’d been smiling for over five straight hours, but she seemed genuinely happy that I’d stopped by, and she remembered the book (she didn’t, however, say she’d read it (yet), but that’s okay:) She’s 71 now, and she looks fantastic, as you can see! I got her to sign a copy of my novel for me – possibly it’s the only one-of-a-kind autographed item I’ll ever own.8ee011c0-6e82-4308-bbf7-ef4ee3e106af

How about you? Ever met anybody famous? Were they as nice and personable as Anne?

Happy Book Birthday to THE POWER OF HARMONY!

Book Launch Invite - FB

Let the nail-biting begin! I finally got my hands on a copy of The Power of Harmony yesterday – Mitzi from The Box of Delights book store was kind enough to lend me a copy while I’m waiting for my author copies to arrive.

I’ve decided having a new book is a lot like sending one of your kids off to their first day of kindergarten – you’re excited and happy (because of all that “free” time), but at the same time, totally terrified! Will the other kids like him? Will your kid behave himself and make you proud? Will all the strangers be friendly and kind? And if not, will your kid be be strong enough to cope and stand on his own two feet?

Despite this terror, I’m looking forward to my launches – in Wolfville on June 8th, and in Springhill (where the novel is set) on June 11th. Hope to see some of you there!

The Power of Harmony – the trailer

Whenever I get frustrated trying to find the right words to tell a story, or when the story stubbornly refuses to move ahead (like today!), I’m thankful I didn’t decide to take up film instead of writing.  This two-minute video took me MUCH more time than it should have, but I hope it captures the essence of The Power of Harmony – coming soon!