Author Archives: Annette

Peace Is An Offering

Peace Is An Offering

I wrote Peace is an Offering shortly after 9/11. I knew that after the planes hit the twin towers that the U.S. would go to war and that the world would be irrevocably changed. So I began to write the poem as a text for a picture book for children. I remembering writing it in tears and yet at the same time I was happy because the poem had come so easily.

It was one of those rare moments when inspiration presents a writer with a gift. And I was so certain that the manuscript would be published that I sent it to several New York editors without thinking about the timing.

The editors rejected it, explaining that the political situation at the time was too much in flux. In hindsight, I realized that they were right. After 9/11 people felt shock and sadness, but they were also understandably angry.

And so I filed the manuscript away in a drawer. Three days after 9/11, I was scheduled to fly to Ottawa for an author’s visit. I cancelled my trip as I was too scared to fly.

In the spring of 2013, I sent the manuscript to my agent on a whim. He rejected it, telling me that he thought the text would be too difficult to illustrate. It wasn’t until the Sandy Hook school shootings occurred that he realized that the timing might be right for such a book and Dial Books for Young Readers, the publisher of Circle of Cranes, quickly accepted it.

Luckily Dial chose the talented up-and-coming Brooklyn artist Stephanie Graegin, to illustrate the text. Her charming rendition of children of many nationalities against a backdrop of her own neighbourhood brought my words to life in the best way possible. Of all my books, Peace is an Offering is my favourite. For now, anyway.

Peace Is An Offering Reviews

‘A list of small lessons, that when added up, have a great impact…” Peace is an Offering is ‘affecting and heartfelt.’ Kirkus Review Peace is an Offering is a ‘beautiful book.’ … “(It’s) a wonderful way to remind not just children but yourself of the wonderful things that do and can exist in this world.…Continue Reading

My Fav Novel of 2014!

My Fav Novel of 2014!

Ellen in Pieces by Caroline Adderson is my favourite novel of 2014!  It is laugh-out- loud funny, sexy, and very moving.  The word that first comes to mind is delicious.  The novel is a gossipy treat, entertaining as hell, but at the same time brilliantly written with an unforgettable lead.  It is also a story…Continue Reading

After thoughts on the Kinder Morgan Protest

After thoughts on the Kinder Morgan Protest

It was raining hard as my husband and I trudged up Burnaby Mountain.  We had dressed in layers, fleece jackets and rain gear, hats and hoods and gum boots.  To get to the Kinder Morgan drill site, we had to circle half way up a hillside where the mud was thick and slippery.  Some of the…Continue Reading

20 Book List

20 Book List

When my Goodreads and Facebook friend, Liisa Rene, tagged me to list 10 of my favourite books, I checked my Goodreads list and ended up with 20. Then I managed, with much difficulty to narrow the list down to 10 but I’d left out so many books that I loved. How can you compare the…Continue Reading

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? My inspiration for a recent picture book manuscript was a sighting of wolves at our cabin in the Cariboo. It was last winter when we were hunkered down in front of a roaring fire and my daughter spotted three wolves crossing the frozen lake. We quickly ran to…Continue Reading

Review of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Review of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

If you’re a writer struggling with plot, read Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl.  You will be inspired!  Flynn knows  how to hook the reader, lead her down the garden path, only to reveal that all the assumptions she has made so far are false.  Flynn’s ability to surprise the reader with plot changes so dramatic…Continue Reading

Review of The Fault in Our Stars

Review of The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is a brilliant, funny, tragic story about a couple of dying teenagers with cancer.  What? you’re probably thinking.  I wouldn’t go near that kind of book with a ten foot pole.  Who wants to be depressed?  Who wants to think about cancer?  Cancer is all around you…Continue Reading

The War on Wolves

The War on Wolves

The War on Wolves This winter, my husband, Michael Sather, and I saw three wolves cross the frozen lake in front of our cabin in the Cariboo.  It was one of those special moments when time stands still, when you are grateful to witness something rare and beautiful.  At the same time, the BC government…Continue Reading