In Transition

Our basement was flooded due to the heavy rainstorm that hit Toronto this past July. It's hard to believe that, four months later, we are still living out of boxes and rebuilding what was lost and damaged. We are in the midst of putting our office back together (we have A LOT of books!) and it's taking so much longer than we expected, but hopefully it will all come together and be completed in the next couple of weeks. It did look a lot worse back in July when we were moving out of the … [Read more...]

Running Gear Guide Fall/Winter Edition

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Happy Thanksgiving

This weekend, we are celebrating Thanksgiving in Canada. It is one of our favourite holidays as it is still the least commercial, and has remained relatively simple. We usually celebrate by having dinner with family and friends, getting in touch with nature, and of course by remembering and acknowledging all that we are thankful in our lives. Even, our protagonist Kristen, in our novel, Stargazing from Nowhere, loves Thanksgiving. She says of the holiday, "The combined aromas of squash soup, … [Read more...]

From Desire to Blue Jasmine

  Woody Allen has really grown on us lately. While he’s always been regarded as a significant filmmaker, it hasn’t been until more recent works like Midnight in Paris and Cassandra’s Dream that have made him a director whose films were not to be missed. Blue Jasmine, his latest work, is an insightful, inventive movie, even as it relies on key elements of Tennessee William’s Pulitzer-prize winning play A Streetcar Named Desire. What the film opens the curtain on, 66 years after the play’s … [Read more...]

September

We love September. It feels like a brand new year. In many ways, it is. There's something about the mood and energy of this month that revitalizes and comforts the spirit and fills it with renewed hope of what's to come. Even the crispness in the air is comforting. We wanted our protagonist, Kristen Morgan, to share our love of September. Stargazing from Nowhere begins in early September as Kristen is beginning Grade 11, and she expresses her love of the fall in the passage below. … [Read more...]

Fall Wish List 2013

Summer has left much too quickly; anyone else find Labour Day a sad holiday? One nice thing about transitioning into fall are the fall fashions that are always warm and cute. This year, we haven't been paying too much attention to what is available in stores, as we've been super busy getting our book completed (for a refresher on our book, click here) and everything that goes with that, but a few pieces have caught our eye, and we've listed them here. 1. Daynah Quilted Shoulder Dress … [Read more...]

The Book Fairy Haven

Last week, we were featured on the Book Fairy Haven's blog. Tammy, who runs the blog, asked us to write about what makes for a compelling romance in YA fiction. We came up with Top 5 ingredients we find essential for a strong romance in YA fiction. To read the post, click here. … [Read more...]

Remembering Gary Shusett

Sadly, this past week on August 9th, 2013, Gary Shusett passed away after an illness. He was a lovely person, with a sweet and gruff disposition, and to those with Hollywood dreams, he was an important beacon of light. We met Gary a few years ago at his school, the Sherwood Oaks Experimental College, which he ran with the help of Christine Owens in its later years. Gary was a source of delight to us. He was enthralled with movies. At the Director's Guild Awards that we attended with him as … [Read more...]

Our Writing Process

We’ve both written apart before writing together, and the writing process as a single author is somewhat different, not to mention that it also varies depending upon the particular form for the story. For a novel, for this novel in particular, part of the challenge and part of the fun was developing a new writing process that worked for us, part inspiration, part necessity, especially since neither one of us had written a novel before as our focus had been mainly on screenplays and plays. … [Read more...]

Our New Book

It’s here! Stargazing from Nowhere, our YA novel, is finally available in paperback, with the ebook to follow next week. It is part Romantic-Comedy, part Teen Romance. When we first began writing scripts together, a YA novel was not on the horizon at all until we finished one of our scripts, an early version of the novel. While we loved the script format and knew it would make a wonderful romantic comedy, we also began to feel that the story would really suit a younger protagonist than … [Read more...]