Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Zevi Takes the Spotlight Book Birthday!

 Zevi Takes the Spotlight is out! Here it is on the shelf at my very favourite bookstore, McNally Robinson, in Winnipeg!

Zevi Takes the Spotlight is my first HI/LO novel, for readers with high  interest but low vocabulary—so it's accessible for older readers who might need a quick and easy read, great readers who also like books that are fast paced and short, or even younger readers. Aimed at grades 4-6. Personally, I love short books that are also fast paced and exciting so in this case I was writing what I love to read. 

I came to love Zevi who has been saddled with the "gift" of psychic abilities, which he doesn't want at all. He wants a simple life. Don't we all? And yet Zevi manages to always at least try to do the right thing and to help. But what to do when people don't want your help and won't listen to you? That's happened to us all at some point. Well, Zevi refuses to give up. And he has a best friend, and his family, who stick by him and help him through. 

I  decided to make all the main characters Jewish in this book so that the Judaism is just there, naturally, as part of their lives, but not the topic of the book. I liked that choice as well. 

It  was also the fun writing about acting and the world of film. I was an actor before I became a writer and it was great to dive back into this world that I love and respect so much. 

And finally, what's the whole psychic thing about? Well, I've had some pretty startling experiences with psychic predications so I know there is something to it even if I can't explain how it works. Check out this post where I explore this topic further.

Hope you like the book! 

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Zevi Takes the Spotlight "Highly Recommended" by CM

Zevi Takes the Spotlight just got the most amazing review from CM: Canadian Review of Materials. I'm not just thrilled, I'm touched. I can only put a few lines here but read the whole review and you will see what I mean. 

“Action-packed, with danger and adventure in every chapter…the story delves into Zevi’s Jewish heritage and culture in a natural way that is enlightening and interesting for readers. Highly Recommended.”

Friday, April 5, 2024

Psychics and Murders - Oh My: Zevi Takes the Spotlight

Take a look at my post "Carol Matas: Psychics and Murders, Oh My!" on the blog of scientist and author L. E. Carmichael where I talk about things that don't quite fit with scientific theory. Or do they? Psychic powers.  Synchronicity.  Messages from beyond? Prophetic dreams? Dowsing? Far-seeing?

Is any of it real? But then what is reality anyway?

I tell a true story of my first mind boggling encounter with a psychic who made a prediction that must have been impossible to predict - but wasn't!

Meanwhile Zevi, who's psychic, has to deal with his abilities everyday - like it or not. Oh, and catch a would be killer as well.