The lovely Tanis Rideout , author of Above All Things, tagged me to answer a virtual interview about my next big thing. You can read about Tanis’ here. Above All Things was on both’s and The Globe and Mail’s best books of 2012. Congrats, Tanis!

I was also tagged by Lori Nelson Spielman author of The Life List, which is being released in July, 2013 by Random House and is getting all kinds of awesome pre-buzz.

Thanks to both of these awesome ladies and without further ado, here’s My Next Big Thing:

My Next Big Thing is my fourth novel, Hidden, slated to release in June, 2013 in Canada.

What is the working title of your book?


Where did the idea for the book come from?

I’ve been thinking about the traces people leave behind when they die suddenly for a while, a confluence of things from a close friend dying, someone I had just emailed dying, things like that. And so I wondered what would happen if someone died while they were having some kind of relationship outside their marriage – emotional, sexual, maybe just a close friendship – how would that third party find out? Would the deceased have left traces of the relationship behind?

What genre does your book fall under?


Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Oh, I can never answer that question. I’ll leave that to the casting directors if that ever happens.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When Jeff Manning dies suddenly in an accident he leaves two grieving women behind: his wife, and his co-worker.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I am represented by Park Literary and the book will be published by HarperCollins Canada.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I was writing it off and on for 18 months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

My book is totally original, of course! But people who enjoyed Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin and Deep Down True by Juliette Fay might also like my book.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?


What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

It’s told from three perspectives: the two woman as their lives move forward, and the man they both loved, who fills in the gaps of the story.




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