Looking for your next read? I tackle some tough topics in my books. If you are interested in any of these issues, click away for some ideas from my back catalogue and books by other authors.

If you are looking for a more detailed listing of the issues covered in various books, have a look at this matrix.

My tough topics have been joined by a Christmas reading list as well. Just go with it.

Reading List: Books with Racially Diverse Main Characters

Reading List: Books with Racially Diverse Main Characters

There are an increasing number of books out there featuring BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Colour) main characters. The "default" is still white main characters, but the call for more diverse characters is louder and more insistent, and authors are stepping up to fill the gap. BIPOC authors writing characters from their own cultures (#ownvoices) are particularly sought after. ...
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Teen Dating Violence Awareness

Teen Dating Violence Awareness

If you've been following me for a while, you know I don't do "romantic" Valentine's Day themes. I've done friendship, friends before romance, and ace/aromantic books. Today, I thought I would work on a list of books that are appropriate for Teen Dating Awareness Month. ...
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Fiction about Anxiety

Fiction about Anxiety

One of the themes in my recently-released Night of Nine Tails is anxiety. Reg has a sense of dread and she doesn't know where it is coming from. She doesn't know if she is in danger, if something is going to happen, or if she's just anxious for no reason. The story explores themes of what feels dangerous and what feels safe, and whether those feelings are justified ...
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Fiction about Human Trafficking

Fiction about Human Trafficking

Did you know that January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day? Human Trafficking is a huge industry, in both North America and around the world. With an estimated 40 million victims and generating $150 billion annually, it is not limited to third world countries, and affects people in all classes and industries. Children are particularly vulnerable, especially runaways and those in foster care ...
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Fiction about Sexual Abuse of Boys/Men

Fiction about Sexual Abuse of Boys/Men

I have had discussions in a couple of writers' communities lately about the topic of the sexual abuse of men and boys, some of the myths that surround it, and giving men/boys "permission" to speak about sexual abuse on an equal footing with women/girls. We've discussed male authors writing about sexual abuse and whether women want to hear from them ...
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What is your favourite Christmas book?

What is your favourite Christmas book?

I was trying to decide what to write about in my blog today, and I thought, what better subject than Christmas books? Your favourite Christmas book can set the tone for the season, and it seems like there are endless movie adaptations of some of the classics ...
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Reading List: Young Adult Fiction about Mental/ Psychological Abuse

Reading List: Young Adult Fiction about Mental/ Psychological Abuse

I have previously posted reading lists for physical abuse and sexual abuse, and it's high time I published one about mental, emotional, or psychological abuse. Mental abuse can be just as damaging as physical abuse, but is harder to recognize , and not likely to get the same kind of attention and treatment as physical abuse. There are a number of studies and stats available on mental abuse; it would appear that somewhere between 30 and 43 percent of adults have experienced some form or mental or psychological abuse as children or in their intimate partner relationships.
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Reading List: Young Adult Fiction About Sexual Abuse

Reading List: Young Adult Fiction About Sexual Abuse

In the past three months, I have written the first draft of the next two books in the Between the Cracks series, and I am poised to write two more books in a yet-unpublished series over the next six weeks. All researched and outlined and ready to start on Monday, February 1st. I wrote the first book last February, so it's only fitting!
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Reading List: Young Adult Fiction About Abuse

Reading List: Young Adult Fiction About Abuse

It has been a while since I posted a reading list! Abuse is one of the topics that I write a lot about. Looking over my list and some other young adult novels, I think I am going to break it down into four separate lists. Physical Abuse Sexual Abuse Neglect Mental/Psychological Abuse I will start today with physical abuse. There are lot of memoirs about physical abuse, but there are not a lot of popular young adult books that revolve primarily around physical abuse ...
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Reading List: Addiction Fiction

Reading List: Addiction Fiction

This is the fourth blog in my series on reading lists about mental illness. Previously published:
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Reading List: Fiction about Personality Disorders

Reading List: Fiction about Personality Disorders

This one is the toughest so far! I have not limited it to young adult fiction, or the list would be even shorter. There are plenty of memoirs and biographies about personality disorders, and of course lots of non-fiction self-help or diagnostic type books, but very very little that is pure fiction. ...
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Reading list: Young Adult Fiction about Depression

Reading list: Young Adult Fiction about Depression

I previously published a Reading List for Young Adult Fiction About Psychosis. Today I am going to tackle depression.
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Reading list: Young Adult Fiction about Psychosis

Reading list: Young Adult Fiction about Psychosis

I had the brilliant idea recently that I should write up some lists of books that are similar in genre and subject matter as my own. As you know from my tagline, I mainly write suspense and young adult fiction about mental illness, addiction, and abuse.
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