Wednesday, April 23, 2008

When those questions creep up on you
Hey guys, you've sent some great questions in. Our time here at is like a bag of ketchup-flavored potato chips: runs out way too fast. But allow us to answer two questions submitted by Di fans:

Q. Hi my name is Sadie and I live in Vancouver. I have really enjoyed reading your Dinah Galloway mystery stories, my favorite being "The summer of the spotted owl" What I like most about them is that there set in Vancouver, no as I'm reading I can relate to the locations such as: Grouse mountain, commercial drive, pacific central station etc. what I also like is how you talked about the spotted owl, the owl rescue center in Langley did a presentation at my school and owls are just such amazing animals, it just breaks your heart to see them disappearing! So anyhow my question for you is are you going to write more Dinah mystery, if so what's the next one going to be about?

A. Hi Sadie,

I am so glad you enjoy Dinah's adventures! I have a special place in my heart for Summer of the Spotted Owl, too. Some of the other books have got more attention, but that's kind of a favourite of mine, too. I know exactly what you mean about a breaking heart.

Yes, there is another Dinah on the way: The Queen of Disguises, coming out in '09. Do you remember the villainess from The Man in the Moonstone? She's back, stalking Dinah! Brrr! ... Thanks for writing!

Oh ... the photo?

And check out Comments for another Q. and A.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Up, up and away!
My spirits are soaring, thanks to the Ontario Library Association. OLA has chosen Shadows on the Train as one of its Best Bets for Children 2007. Here's what OLA had to say:

“Feisty Dinah, the spunky girl detective with the huge singing voice, once again solves a high-paced mystery with humour, energy and ingenuity. This time Dinah is being stalked by a dangerous man from her dead father’s past who will stop at nothing to retrieve a lost treasure. Jackson’s warm-hearted heroine tangles with shady characters, an ex-con, zany situations and learns about rare stamps in her inimitable way.”

Count nine clouds over. That's the one I'm on!