This holiday season, I’m putting my books on sale – only $20 CAD each – and $5 from every aviation book sold will go directly to the Canadian Aviation Historical Society! So if you’re looking for a signed and personalized gift idea for readers from 3 to 103, send me a note. And of course,Continue reading “Holiday Book Fundraiser!”
Category Archives: Aviation
Happy 100th Birthday, Warren Smith!
It was an absolute honour to work with Warren and his family in 2015-16 on what would become The Inventive Life of Warren Smith. We spent many beautiful afternoons pouring over photo albums, and eating the muffins I would bring for us to snack on. We recorded his experiences growing up in Edmonton, his strugglesContinue reading “Happy 100th Birthday, Warren Smith!”
Freddie the Flyer in 2023!
I am beyond excited to share news about a picture book project that is near and dear to my heart. In 2010, while in Inuvik, Northwest Territories researching Polar Winds, I was introduced to legendary pilot, Fred Carmichael. While Fred is a humble, practical, get-things-done kind of guy who wasn’t too sure about spending aContinue reading “Freddie the Flyer in 2023!”
My first picture book launches in 2019!
I am absolutely thrilled to announce that Alis the Aviator: An ABC Aviation Adventure is coming out with Tundra Books in July 2019 (and is now available for pre-order)! I first drafted the main text in the summer of 2014 after a friend gave me an ABC airplane book for my (then) two-year-old son. ItContinue reading “My first picture book launches in 2019!”
SKY GIRL takes third place at RWA’s Emily Awards!
Really honoured to have my first (unpublished) young adult book, Sky Girl, place in this contest. I know it’s a tough competition with entries from talented emerging voices from around the world. Thanks to the West Houston chapter of the Romance Writers of America for coordinating all the submissions and judges, and to the first-Continue reading “SKY GIRL takes third place at RWA’s Emily Awards!”
Women in Aviation History Talk on March 22nd in Richmond, Texas
In recognition of Women’s History Month in March, George Memorial Library in Richmond will present a special program, “The History of Women in Aviation,” on Thursday, March 22, beginning at 7:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library. In her presentation, local author and aviation historian Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail will showcase some of the famousContinue reading “Women in Aviation History Talk on March 22nd in Richmond, Texas”
John Bogie to be inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in 2018!
Members of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame are selected for their contributions to Canada’s development through their integral roles in the nation’s aviation history. The inductees in 2018 will join the ranks of the 228 esteemed men and women inducted since the Hall’s formation in 1973, bringing to 232 the total number of individual MembersContinue reading “John Bogie to be inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in 2018!”
Rod Digney remembers Laurentian Air Services
Rod Digney’s Monday Memories #78 For many years, the north field at Hunt Club and what is now Paul Benoit Driveway was the home base of Canadian aviation pioneer Laurentian Air Services. The founders of LAS began operating at the Hunt Club Field in 1919, incorporated in 1936 and actually owned the entire airport forContinue reading “Rod Digney remembers Laurentian Air Services”
Airforce Magazine “highly recommends” Polar Winds!
A lot of the podcasts and interviews I’ve listened to about writing lately have centred on the idea of a book lasting for ten years. The question to ask yourself when you embark on a book project is: ten years after it’s been published, will it still be read and be relevant? I always aspire toContinue reading “Airforce Magazine “highly recommends” Polar Winds!”
Bob Burns Remembers “Sir” Jim Irvin
Bob Burns recently passed away at the age of 80. In his honour, I am putting these stories about Laurentian Air Services from him up first. Jim Irvin was always the “nuts and bolts” of LAS and Air Scheff. When I joined LAS the first time in 1970, he was chief pilot and flewContinue reading “Bob Burns Remembers “Sir” Jim Irvin”