What is your latest release and what genre is it? Fragile Bones – YA Contemporary
Quick description: Two teens: Two voices. Harrison is a 15-year-old boy with high functioning autism/Asperger’s and Anna is an overachiever in her senior year of high school. They are paired together in the Best Buddies club at their high school. Harrison and Anna meet for ice cream and at the Science Center and develop a friendship that goes through many emotions. Written in alternating voices, Fragile Bones is the story of an unlikely but beautiful friendship.
Lorna has published over thirty books, including picture books, middle grade fiction and YA fiction and non-fiction. They have been nominated for the Golden Eagle Award, Diamond Willow Award, and Red Cedar. She loves writing series. Fragile Bones is the first book in her One-2-One series. Oh, and she divides her time between Edmonton and Penticton and lives with her hubby, and two dogs: a whiny Bichon Shih Tzu and a naughty Mexican rescue dog.
What are you working on now?
The second book in the One-2-One series. There is no title as of yet but it will be about Erika, (a 15-year old born with Down syndrome), and Gianni, her Best Buddy. It will be released in March 2016 with Clockwise Press.
Lorna’s reading recommendation:
Since I’m a voracious reader and always have a book on the go I will tell you what I just finished. 1) The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. I’m a bit of a crime fiction junkie and this was an entertaining read. 2) Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius. This is a very interesting and deeply emotional memoir about a young boy locked in his body. Since Canada has so many wonderful children’s writers I also recommend Teresa Toten and the Unlikely Hero of Room 13B. And Crush, Candy, Corpse by Sylvia McNicoll. My mother has Alzheimer’s so this book resonated with me. Also, Janet Gurtler, Beverley Brenna, Natalie Hyde, (loved Hockey Girl), Susin Nielsen, Deborah Ellis (my hero) and there are so many more. Oh, and I can’t forget Ann-Marie MacDonald and Jane Urquhart. I could go on and on with this question so I’ll stop.