Break in Case of Emergency, my new novel, will be published in the fall of 2019 by Harper Collins Canada. The book marks a bit of a departure for me as it’s my Young Adult debut. I suppose my first novel, Fruit, is sort of YA in that it centres around 13-year-old Peter Paddington, but, unlike this book, I didn’t write Fruit specifically for younger audiences.
Break in Case of Emergency tells the story of 15-year-old Toby Goodman. Life has been a struggle for Toby. Her mother committed suicide five years ago and her father abandoned her mother before Toby was born. When the book opens, Toby is living on a dairy farm with her grandparents and, unable to find any light in her world, she’s making plans to follow a similar route as her mother.
Those plans are suddenly interrupted when she’s told that her estranged father is returning home. And that he’s gay. And that he’s also a world-renowned female impersonator.
I’m excited to share this book with younger readers and, hopefully, a few older ones as well.
Check back for the big cover reveal and more details in the months ahead.