I am a Canadian studying for my DPhil in English at the University of Oxford. My research looks at masculinity in the early and mature works of the four Brontë siblings.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently revising a young adult historical fantasy called BELLADONNA. One hot August day, a fractious young lady named Hazel breaks a witch's window and is cursed into becoming the witch's servant until she discovers the witch's Name. Meanwhile, there are fey forces at work and an old tale of love and revenge is rushing toward its conclusion.
If you had to recommend just one children's book you've read in the last year, what would it be?
Margo Lanagan's THE BRIDES OF ROLLROCK ISLAND is beautifully, richly written, evoking a place and community through the generations, while weaving in the selkie legend with all of its love, loss, and pain. This is a gorgeous young adult novel.
What is the most important thing you learned about writing or illustrating this year?
I learned (yet again) that the best way to write or revise is to use Jane Yolen's BIC method - Butt in Chair. Regular writing, even just a little bit each day, allows the writer to accomplish a great deal.
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