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Weird Stories Gone Wrong Blog

It seems like a few months ago I began writing the Weird Stories Gone Wrong middle-grade series, but here I am five years later introducing Quinn and the Quiet, Quiet, the sixth and final book!

 

In a moment of quiet (quiet) reflection, here are my top 5 take-aways from the experience:

 

1. What’s my favourite book in the series?

Sadia and Stowaway Award and Nomination

An Award Win and Nomination for Two YA Titles!

Posted on October 18 by Dundurn Guest in Awards, Fiction, Kids, Teens

Dundurn Press is excited to announce that Sadia by Colleen Nelson has won the High Plains Book Award in the YA category!

Sadia follows 15-year-old Sadia Ahmed as she struggles to navigate high school, her passion for basketball, and her Muslim faith, as well as finding the courage to stand up for herself in the face of discrimination. Booklist called Sadia “compelling and relevant,” and in 2019 the book was both nominated for the Forest of Reading’s 2019 Red Maple Award and won the 2019 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award.

My fascination with coyotes and inspiration for the book Street Shadows all began late one night when I was biking home from a friend’s house.  I was almost home, passing through a dark cemetery with my dog Baker running easily by my side.  I had done this route many times and was pedaling on autopilot, lost in thought.

 

Gargoyle In My Yard Blog Post

Somehow, April 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of my first book, The Gargoyle in My Yard (April 2009). Even more astonishing to me, this year I’ll publish my twelfth book! That was a fast decade, and what a fun ride.

 

What have I learned since 2009? Here are my “10 Writing Truths” from ten years of writing:

When you write for kids, you can revisit all the exciting (or terrifying) things you did as a child.

I learned to sail as a 10-year-old, and have been lucky enough to sail now and then ever since. I love sailing, and that’s why I set much of the action of my newest book, Blackwells and the Briny Deep (book five in the award-winning Weird Stories Gone Wrong series), on a sailboat.

But there are plenty of good reasons to set a children’s horror story at sea…. 

Secrets from an author and illustrator

In a two-part series, we have a conversation between the author and illustrator of Alex and The Other. First, let’s hear from illustrator Shawna Daigle, as interviewed by author Philippa Dowding.

 

Philippa Dowding: As an “evil twin” story for middle-grade readers, our new book Alex and The Other is possibly the darkest of the four books we’ve done together so far in the Weird Stories Gone Wrong series. Were there any particular challenges you faced as the illustrator, doing a “darker” more psychological book for children?

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