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The Grim Reality

It’s grim, a friend said to me the other day. She didn’t mean it in a bad way. She’s a person who isn’t afraid of darkness in her fiction but, even still, I cringed a little bit. That’s nothing new. Since Swarm has been out I’ve found myself feeling a tad insecure about the austerity of the […]

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Winter Writing Hideaway

It’s already winter up here. The snow came in early November but it feels like we’ve logged a couple months of cold season. Temps have dropped to nearly 30 below with the windchill some days, and there’s snow: lots of it. We’re wearing our parkas and our winter boots and, at this rate, cabin fever […]

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We Need To Talk

Swarm is set during times of peak oil. Well, post peak oil, actually. Deeply post peak oil. Very simply, peak oil is the theory that there is a peak at which we’ve tapped all the easily available oil reserves in the world. After that, petroleum becomes harder to find and more expensive to extract. You […]

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Home for a Rest

Well, I’m home. It’s snowed twice so far. J. and I are in a battle over how high to turn up the electric rads because we still haven’t managed to order any wood. There’s a need to go grocery shopping. The cat and dog are happy. Yes, back to normal, after the thrill of being […]

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Swarm for Canada Reads

Over the course of my Ontario book tour, I’ve had lots of people ask me what inspired me to write Swarm. One part of that answer is simply that I wanted to talk about the eventual disintegration of an economic system that’s come to rely on a cheap and accessible energy source that is shrinking […]

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Talking About Swarm on T.V.

This morning I got myself to the downtown studios of CHCH to have a brief chat on Hamilton Morning Live about Swarm, peak oil, bees, and hope. Here it is.  

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Media (about) Swarm

I guess I’ve missed posting a few things here lately… One is the fact that the Toronto Star did a brief review of Swarm last week, calling it “one of the more realistic recent imaginings of the shape of things to come.” Quill & Quire’s review is also now online. As of right now it’s […]

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On the (Northeastern Ontario) Road

Life has been looking a lot like this lately: silver guard rails streaming by, against the blur of bright autumn. Clearly, I’ve been doing a lot of driving over the last week as we – that’s me and my mom, who’s been helping with driving, staying awake while driving, book sales, and the rest of […]

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Swarm: The Current Crisis

So here we are.  One reading into my book tour and the U.S. government has shut down, sending nearly a million federal workers on furlough and risking the stability of the whole house of cards. By the last day of my tour in Ontario – October 17th, the day I head back to The Pas […]

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Travels with Swarm

THIN AIR was absolutely fantastic! Such an amazing opportunity to meet readers and writers and literature lovers, including a group of keen creative kids at Vincent Massey Collegiate. The questions they asked after my reading there were better than some posed by adults. I anticipate a few new writers will be emerging out of this […]

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