Thanks to the unknown student from Ranchero Elementary School who sent me this wonderful interpretation of a scene from Klutzhood, in which Arlo rides a bike through the library, chased by an enraged teacher-librarian.
When not wandering about, hopelessly lost, I live in British Columbia’s Spallumcheen Valley, only a short bike ride away from the small city of Armstrong. I am proud to be the self-proclaimed holder of the title, “Worst Ex-recreational Hockey Player in Canada.” I used my many years of on-ice futility as primary research for my 2007 novel Klutzhood (http://www.orcabook.com). I have also spun a lifelong fascination with tabloid newspapers into a novel for young readers–Tabloidology (http://www.orcabook.com).
My first novel, published in 1996, was the cult classic Buddy Concrackle’s Amazing Adventure (Coteau Books), although I’m not exactly sure which cult thinks it’s a classic.
Published in the Fall of 2011 is my fourth novel, Box of Shocks.
When I’m not huddled over a keyboard or pad of paper writing, I can often be found in one of many places. I may be cycling the back roads or trails of the Spallumcheen Valley, lost somewhere on a ski trail, or in an elementary school in Armstrong where I work as a teacher-librarian and classroom teacher.